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Failed the NCLEX RN with 76 questions!

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I failed my NCLEX with 76 questions! i hated the exam, .. i really found the questions hard, but when i walked out of there, i honestly thought i passed, because i got so many sata questions , and two hours later i tried the pearsonvue trick and sure enough it worked, because i went all the way to the cc page, and today i checked the site, paid the money on pearsonvue and found out i failed, the exam is horrible, all they ask are priority questions, infection control and sata, i hated it!! i need advice from the ones who passed, i really need to pass this damn thing, please help..

First I must say how sorry I am that you did not pass. I took the exam 11 days ago and passed with 77 questions, this is what I did:

1. Everyday I did NO MORE than 150 questions each day

2. I ONLY used Kaplan which helped me with the strategies (some ppl like Kaplan and some don't)

3. After each question I would read the rationales, yes every single one even the ones I had correct because I wanted to see if I got the answer right because I knew the info or was it a lucky guess

I had 15+ SATA, 15+ Priority, 2 med calc, 10+ drugs which I only knew maybe 5 or so, 1 pedes and 1 ob. I cannot remember what the others were. No drag and drop. I treated this as a full time job making sure to take my time and I used my break during the exam. I honestly thought I failed because question 70-75 were back-to-back SATA and 76-77 were priority.

When doing the exam again my friend that failed previously used saunders and Kaplan and passed his second time around. He had 75 questions both times. Also, we had a girl on our unit that failed first with 265 and passed with 265.

It is easier said than done and I cannot say I understand how you feel but if you want this bad enough fight for it with everything you have. Many ppl don't want to pay the $399 or $500 for Kaplan but if you think about it, if you fail twice that is $400 to Pearson plus whatever it cost to your state, each time you fail you are paying $200+ where as if you pay the fee to Kaplan and do everything they tell you to (which I did to a T) you only pay once. I did not have the $ so my mom paid for it and even if I had to borrow it in a few weeks working as a nurse you can pay it back.

Good luck to you

Sorry to hear that you did not pass. Wishing you good luck when you retest.

First I must say how sorry I am that you did not pass. I took the exam 11 days ago and passed with 77 questions, this is what I did:

1. Everyday I did NO MORE than 150 questions each day

2. I ONLY used Kaplan which helped me with the strategies (some ppl like Kaplan and some don't)

3. After each question I would read the rationales, yes every single one even the ones I had correct because I wanted to see if I got the answer right because I knew the info or was it a lucky guess

I had 15+ SATA, 15+ Priority, 2 med calc, 10+ drugs which I only knew maybe 5 or so, 1 pedes and 1 ob. I cannot remember what the others were. No drag and drop. I treated this as a full time job making sure to take my time and I used my break during the exam. I honestly thought I failed because question 70-75 were back-to-back SATA and 76-77 were priority.

When doing the exam again my friend that failed previously used saunders and Kaplan and passed his second time around. He had 75 questions both times. Also, we had a girl on our unit that failed first with 265 and passed with 265.

It is easier said than done and I cannot say I understand how you feel but if you want this bad enough fight for it with everything you have. Many ppl don't want to pay the $399 or $500 for Kaplan but if you think about it, if you fail twice that is $400 to Pearson plus whatever it cost to your state, each time you fail you are paying $200+ where as if you pay the fee to Kaplan and do everything they tell you to (which I did to a T) you only pay once. I did not have the $ so my mom paid for it and even if I had to borrow it in a few weeks working as a nurse you can pay it back.

Good luck to you

First of all, i must say , Congratulations on passing the nclex! You should be VERY proud of yourself, that test is extremly hard. Secondly, thank you for sharing the information with me for about how you believe you passed. This is very helfpul. You gave a long a thorough reply about exactly what you did, and that was very nice of you to take your time and write all that for me. Thank you for your advice. I will follow it. I want to know, your friend, that failed with 75 the first time, and then passed with 75, that is excellent! (I honestly that I could never do that) i mean i failed so horribly, with only the minimum questions, its hard to pass with the number after failing with the minumim questions. That is very good. Do you know what he did? , or what was it that he did differently? Im thinking about investing into Kaplan, im going to have to talk to my husband about it. I really need to pass this exam. It feels awful to fail. Please keep me in your prayers. I really feel awful.

Sorry to hear that you did not pass. Wishing you good luck when you retest.

Thank you , i really need good luck, im life is very hard, i am a very unlucky person. :(

pls if i may ask u guys, what do you mean by SATA cos i cant figure it out.

StarrySkies

Specializes in Labor and Delivery.

SATA= Select All That Apply questions

thats scary then, cos i dont like that..sata

+one

Specializes in Psych, Skilled Nursing. Has 2 years experience.

I took mine last week and had 265 questions, I tried the trick 2 hours later and it let me get to the CC page. I basically had all of the topics you can think of, mostly SATA's, and some of the medications I have never heard of.

I self reviewed for a month and finished the Saunders Comprehensive Book.

I would take some time now to study because I learned that cramming for NCLEX will not really help. (I graduated a year ago).

Nurse4life4ever

don't lose hope, lets just think of this as a challenge to try harder next time,

and yes, try to relax a night before the test, because the night before my test,

I was not able to sleep, my test was scheduled at 8am and I was still awake at 3 am, ate breakfast at 5am and prepared at 6am because we still had to drive for half an hour. Good luck on our next try. We will make it in God's time.

hi

i know how u feel, i failed the 1st time i took my test but i did'nt give up, after 2days i gather all my books and started to study again i told my self "i'm going to past this time", so last june 5th i took it for the 2nd time and with GOD blessings and guidance i passed.,keep on study and ask GOD for HIS guidance don't give up and keep on going, you'll pass next time.

goodluck

First of all, i must say , Congratulations on passing the nclex! You should be VERY proud of yourself, that test is extremly hard. Secondly, thank you for sharing the information with me for about how you believe you passed. This is very helfpul. You gave a long a thorough reply about exactly what you did, and that was very nice of you to take your time and write all that for me. Thank you for your advice. I will follow it. I want to know, your friend, that failed with 75 the first time, and then passed with 75, that is excellent! (I honestly that I could never do that) i mean i failed so horribly, with only the minimum questions, its hard to pass with the number after failing with the minumim questions. That is very good. Do you know what he did? , or what was it that he did differently? Im thinking about investing into Kaplan, im going to have to talk to my husband about it. I really need to pass this exam. It feels awful to fail. Please keep me in your prayers. I really feel awful.

No problem, he stated that he was nervous the first time which I found out that the student that grauated from a rival school at the top of her class failed with 75 questions as well just from nerves. He ONLY used saunders to prepare and when he went into the exam the second time he took his time and if he did not know the question he just made the best educated guess he could remembering that he has a shot with the next question. He also said that he treated each question individually and when he was getting frustrated he closed his eyes or took a deep breath. The first time I think he said he rushed through the questions and finished in 1 hour (works for some people) where as the second time he ended closer to 3 hours with a break at the 2 hour mark and 1 or 2 tghe last hour.

Not everyone can afford Kaplan and like my friend and many others on this board, they passed using only Saunders. I personally used Kaplan only because I did not want to confuse myself because each book would say something different which made me upset. A few days before my Kaplan I bought a Prentice hall book with 500 questions, I had Lippincott, NCLEX made incredibly easy, also had Saunders 3rd edition and a few more. I was overwhelmed with all these books so decided to use one book that worked for me.

I will personally pray for you and please trust in yourself and believe that God will help you. I am not the expert at the NCLEX but from many post on here, the stories and the moderators helped in so many ways. Good luck to you

Hi guys can someone tell me if they have used the Rinehart review book, class and cd (ExamForce CramMaster)? cause that is the only thing I have as study materials so far and my test date is July 22. A friend of mine wants to give me her Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN 3rd Edition and a Lippincott's Review for the NCLEX-RN 8th edition(5000 questions). I dont think I can study both books in time for the nclex, so which one should I choose? Please Help and suggest other study materials for me please

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 32 years experience.

Concentrate on answering questions, I personally would go with Saunders because the explanation in the rationale I found the best but up to you

Saunders CD is awsome because it gives you the rationale and strategy hints.

No problem, he stated that he was nervous the first time which I found out that the student that grauated from a rival school at the top of her class failed with 75 questions as well just from nerves. He ONLY used saunders to prepare and when he went into the exam the second time he took his time and if he did not know the question he just made the best educated guess he could remembering that he has a shot with the next question. He also said that he treated each question individually and when he was getting frustrated he closed his eyes or took a deep breath. The first time I think he said he rushed through the questions and finished in 1 hour (works for some people) where as the second time he ended closer to 3 hours with a break at the 2 hour mark and 1 or 2 tghe last hour.

Not everyone can afford Kaplan and like my friend and many others on this board, they passed using only Saunders. I personally used Kaplan only because I did not want to confuse myself because each book would say something different which made me upset. A few days before my Kaplan I bought a Prentice hall book with 500 questions, I had Lippincott, NCLEX made incredibly easy, also had Saunders 3rd edition and a few more. I was overwhelmed with all these books so decided to use one book that worked for me.

I will personally pray for you and please trust in yourself and believe that God will help you. I am not the expert at the NCLEX but from many post on here, the stories and the moderators helped in so many ways. Good luck to you

Thank you for your encouraging words. I have faith and trust in God, Im sure I will pass this time around under the will of God. My exam is not till mid August, so i dont want to start studying this soon. I want to take atleast one week of no studying, just to give my mind a break, and then I will continue with my studying. I have decided to do the Kaplan course, that starts in july and ends in the beginning of august, they are meeting only on sundays once a week for four weeks. It includes class time and qbank (the Kaplan complete). I initially used Saunders, but was unsuccesful. I also rushed through the exam the first time. I wasnt really thinking the answer, and quickly picked my choice (wrong idea). This time I will take it slow like your friend and make sure i understand what the question is asking. I got my packet today from my bon detailing my weakness and strenghs. Therefore; i will make sure to brush up on topics that i was below passing in. Thank you for praying for me. Its so heart breaking to not pass especially after sucessfully completing nursing school.

Concentrate on answering questions, I personally would go with Saunders because the explanation in the rationale I found the best but up to you

that is what most ppl are saying, that saunders is the best, but i was initially using saunders, and didnt pass, this time i will do kaplan and saunders, hope i dont confuse myself :icon_roll

prison_nurse

Specializes in corrections, psychiatric. Has 6 years experience.

I failed my NCLEX with 76 questions! i hated the exam, .. i really found the questions hard, all they ask are priority questions, infection control and sata, i hated it!! i need advice from the ones who passed, i really need to pass this damn thing, please help..

The key is in your posting. Priority and infection control are the majority of the questions you had. That is because the program will keep throwing questions at you which it identifies you have problems with. So, if you study prioritization and infection control you may have a better chance of passing next time.

Lovely_RN, MSN

Has 11 years experience.

If you're having problems with priority questions then get Priority, Delegation, and Assignment by Linda LaCharity. For infection control guidelines go to CDC.gov and read up on the different kinds of pre-cautions and know what kind are needed for the more common disease like MMR, RSV, DTP, TB etc. I used Saunders religiously in school and it helped me ace my exams but I didn't find it so useful for NCLEX because I already knew my content. If you already know the content then you need t to work on getting comfortable with answering priority questions. Do the entire Linda LaCharity book (cost btwn $25-$30) and read the rationales. Know Maslow's like the back of your hand and always think ABC when answering priority questions and you cannot go wrong. Also know the side effects of the most common drugs and if you have no clue about what the drug is for then try to break the word down and take a guess. I was able to answer a question about Lamictal correctly because although I had never heard of the drug I know that ictal refers to seizures so I was able to answer that. Had another question about side effects. I had to match the side effect to one of four different drugs. Now I didn't know for sure that the side effect belonged to any of the drug choices but since I knew what body system the drugs effected I was able to by process of elimination choose the correct answer.

That pretty much sums up my NCLEX experience. It can be a crap shoot but if you can prioritize and know your infection control (which is nothing more than recall) along with some drugs you can beat this test. The biggest part is the prioritization because that is the role of the RN...it's the biggest piece of the puzzle so if you can master that then you have a really good chance of passing.

Good luck!

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