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failed NCLEX in 75 questions despite Uworlds blessing

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submerche submerche (New) New

I am completely dumbstruck. I failed...I FAILED. How did this happen? I studied my arse off for a month before I took it. I did all of the almost two thousand questions in Uworld. My Uworld assessment said I had a "very high probability of passing". My scores on individual tests were regularly above the average test taker. I studied my Saunders book. I was always above average on my class tests. Then I fail in 75 questions on the actual exam...what the ****? Now I have to wait 45 days. Tomorrow I have to tell the ED to give the job they have waiting for me to someone else because I failed the NCLEX. I am seriously going through some DABDA right now y'all. I just had to vent to those who might understand.

It sounds like you're putting the blame on "UWORLD" which to me is kind of unfair.

User error maybe?! :rolleyes:

Wish you the best!

Okami_CCRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 4 years experience.

One of the things you have to understand about the NCLEX-RN exam is that it is one of safety.

When I was studying for the exam, I would brush up on concepts that I was not comfortable with such as delegation and obstetrics. I would do about 100-200 questions every day for about 3-4 weeks before I took the exam, make sure you read the rationales. Take a peek at an NCLEX-RN exam decision tree.

Things to keep in mind for the day of the exam is to eat a well balanced breakfast/lunch. Do not study the night before or the day of (no use cramming or freaking out). Give yourself ample time to arrive at the testing site.

Remember it's a test of safety, if you do not know the answer think about what is least likely to cause harm.

Please first and for most, calm down before you get depressed.

Ben

Ouch! Brutal honesty! As much as I don't want to admit it, you might be right. Well, I failed, so theirs the evidence. I hear what you are saying. It does sound as though I am blaming Uworld. That is not what I mean to convey. I own this. This has been a bitter pill to swallow and I am still trying to get it down but I know that I failed the NCLEX, not UWorld. I do fully plan on continuing to use UWorld. The one take away that I would advise to anyone, and I think this is my main point related to UWorld, is to not let the fact that UWorld says you have a high likelyhood of passing make you complacent. I will be taking a second look at how I have used it up until now. I will report back on any areas where I may have not used the resource to the best benefit. I also welcome any one else that has advice on this to chime in here if they wish. Any (constructive) advice Ben?

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Ben

Ouch! Brutal honesty! As much as I don't want to admit it, you might be right. Well, I failed, so theirs the evidence. I hear what you are saying. It does sound as though I am blaming Uworld. That is not what I mean to convey. I own this. This has been a bitter pill to swallow and I am still trying to get it down but I know that I failed the NCLEX, not UWorld. I do fully plan on continuing to use UWorld. The one take away that I would advise to anyone, and I think this is my main point related to UWorld, is to not let the fact that UWorld says you have a high likelyhood of passing make you complacent. I will be taking a second look at how I have used it up until now. I will report back on any areas where I may have not used the resource to the best benefit. I also welcome any one else that has advice on this to chime in here if they wish. Any (constructive) advice Ben?

hopetopass,

I am climbing out of it. I won't lie, the first 12hours or so were pretty rough. Thank you!

Okami,

I think ramping up the number of questions I do a day will be important. After I had finished all of the questions in my UWorld account I dropped way down. I was doing only maybe 25-50 per day on average because I started to remember the answers. What I should have done is to search out more questions to maintain the high volume.

I think I may have also placed to much importance on getting the questions right. What I mean by that is that if I would get a question right I would feel like I was done with it. I may not have fully understood the pathophysiology or the order of interventions or what have you as to why it was correct. I would just remember from class or some other resource and move on. I would focus on rationales if I got something wrong but not so much if I got it right. Looking back on it, this was obviously a big mistake.

I have never heard of the NCLEX exam decision tree. I will be looking for that. Thanks for that tip.

Thank you

Just take it easy for now. I am still preparing my mind on when to write the nclex, I have not even started studying yet. But one thing i know is that UWORLD is not the last bus stop and i do not want to believe it will make me to pass or not. It may work for some people and not work for others. May be you were too confident because of your scores on UWORLD. I am glad you will do it differently the next time. I advice you get the Saunders strategies for test taking, the latest 2017 one, it could help you. How about your knowledge on content? I heard about passpoint which has 10000 questions, you can try it too. All the best, but give yourself some rest.

submerche said:
Okami,I think I may have also placed to much importance on getting the questions right. What I mean by that is that if I would get a question right I would feel like I was done with it. I may not have fully understood the pathophysiology or the order of interventions or what have you as to why it was correct.

This right here was your problem. You focused on what the right answer was not why. It's the why that counts on tests such as the NCLEX.

I think a big issue people have when it comes to studying for the NCLEX is that they study specific nursing information that you learn in nursing school. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the NCLEX doesn't care about your specific nursing knowledge. It's testing your ability to be a safe practitioner. I recommend studying test taking strategies, and subject areas such as: Pt. Safety, Fundamentals, Clinical concepts, etc.

Ive heard different things about the various study methods. First, Saunders is a great tool to help pass tests in nursing school and to practice how to approach SATA and other alternative format questions, but useless on the NCLEX, because the information is too easy. Others say to use either Pearson or ATI to prepare for the NCLEX.

I agree with your statement about studying the fundamentals and core concepts. Everyone said start with the stuff you don't know first like OB or peds. I didn't do that. I started with fundamentals because I knew it would involve all areas of nursing. So even if I didn't know the exact disease process or testing procedure, knowing the fundamentals of nursing helped.

To submerche, I get why you're pissed. I'd be too. Not to salt your wound, but I honestly didn't know someone could fail at 75 questions. Instead of studying everything, focus on what kind of studying worked for you the best. I literally wrote out everything by hand. I've got a book full of notes for Uworld and ATI. I've even got notecards on the wall with lab ranges and drug antidotes. Also, chill...when you do pass and you get a job, no one will care if you failed the NCLEX once. You'll get your RN license number. Just breathe dude and then go kick the NCLEX's butt. Good luck.

Hello submerche.

What you used to study for ?

submerche said:
Okami,

I think ramping up the number of questions I do a day will be important. After I had finished all of the questions in my UWorld account I dropped way down. I was doing only maybe 25-50 per day on average because I started to remember the answers. What I should have done is to search out more questions to maintain the high volume.

I think I may have also placed to much importance on getting the questions right. What I mean by that is that if I would get a question right I would feel like I was done with it. I may not have fully understood the pathophysiology or the order of interventions or what have you as to why it was correct. I would just remember from class or some other resource and move on. I would focus on rationales if I got something wrong but not so much if I got it right. Looking back on it, this was obviously a big mistake.

I have never heard of the NCLEX exam decision tree. I will be looking for that. Thanks for that tip.

Thank you

The bolded part explains why you failed. I have no idea how the predictor works with any of the review courses, but I understand rather well how the CAT system of the NCLEX works.

To fail in 75 questions, the minimum it is permitted to give you before closing, means that you weren't close to passing at all. It determined that giving you even one question more than the minimum was a waste of time.

Harsh sounding perhaps but I'm going somewhere with this. The type of testing system the NCLEX uses builds from asking you the most basic memory-based knowledge questions through to the higher levels of clinical application of that knowledge. If you fail to prove you are knowledgeable on the basics, it shuts off. If you can prove you know the basics but are unable to apply that knowledge in a clinical setting---which is where all those rationales and interventions and prioritization questions come in--it shuts off.

I can't know if you didn't understand the content sufficiently and failed on that alone, or if you were OK on that but couldn't demonstrate understanding of how to apply that knowledge. To be honest, I've found that people who fail at 75 questions usually have a problem with the content itself. Only you can know for sure.

I'd get set up with a tutor if it were me. Contact your school, ask for local resources and find a way to sit with someone to go over how YOU need to proceed. Those of us on the internet can really only guess for you and you want to pass next time! Good luck.

blue85 said:
I've heard different things about the various study methods. First, Saunders is a great tool to help pass tests in nursing school and to practice how to approach SATA and other alternative format questions, but useless on the NCLEX, because the information is too easy. Others say to use either Pearson or ATI to prepare for the NCLEX.

It is wrong for you to say this because no review material is useless. I have heard some people say it was what helped them to pass. Many have used UWORLD and still fail, and some have passed using either only UWORLD or SAUNDERS or any other review. Use whatever you think is best for you. Sometimes overconfidence is an issue.

submerche;

I was in your same shoes, which is why I joined Allnurses. I failed the NCLEX in 76 questions the first time. Rescheduled for 45 days and passed in 75 questions. When I failed, it was the first experience I ever had in failing something. I felt humiliated and discouraged and afraid. I thought I would lose my new grad offer also. I was a 4.0 student until nursing classes and graduated with a BSN of 3.90. My employer paid for Kaplan class and I purchased Hurst. I made consistent 65-68 on Kaplan. After reading through forums, I purchased UWorld, NCSBN, Saunders, and NCLEX Mastery. I studied rationales on all correct and incorrect questions. I began doubting my degree, and sunk into a slight depression. I started feeling panicky, so I went to the doctor and got a Beta Blocker for the day of the test (to prevent me from running out on the exam) and to help with those pretest practice exams. I took well over 8,000 questions and went back through my notes on Hurst and went through Kaplan. It was not due to content on why I failed the first time. I feel it was more that I tried to apply all my knowledge into one simple question on the exam. It took awhile, but I finally forced myself to answer without thinking it was a "trick question". The NCLEX doesn't try and trick you. Also keep in mind the priority and delegation. Long story short, don't just take 100 questions a day, do more. Also, I joined a gym and worked out for a couple of hours each day. You can pass it, don't give up, and use this experience to humble yourself and let God take control of it all.