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Failed Nclex twice... Need help

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What review program worked for you?

  1. 1. What review program worked for you?

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Hello there! My friend and i have both failed our nclex twice now and are looking for some feedback to help create a study plan

I took my exam the first time in January and failed with 192 questions. The second time was in March and failed again at 265 questions. I used ATI, ATI tutor, and saunders textbook.

She took her exam in January and failed in 100 questions. The second in March and failed at 156 questions. She has used Kaplan, ATI, ATI tutor, and kaplan textbooks.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I know that God is saying "not right now" but we are hoping that 3rd time will be the lucky go!

Thanks (:

How long ago did you graduate? What categories do you need to work on based on your feedback from the test? You need to figure out what you need to focus on to maximize your studying. Everyone has different opinions about study material (Kaplan, Saunders, Uworld, etc) and each have their strengths and weaknesses.

We graduated in January. My test says near the passing standard for everything and i took the full 265 questions. Just looking for what people found helpful or not! (:

windsurfer8, BSN

Specializes in Psych/Military Nursing. Has 13 years experience.

If you failed the NCLEX two times I think you should forget the poll and study everything you possibly can. Buy all 5 of them. Study non stop.

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma. Has 10 years experience.

Now that you know what's on your performance review, you need a plan.

The issue may not necessarily the source of the review, but how one approaches the NCLEX itself: understanding the four concepts of becoming a competent, entry-level nurse:

1. Safe, effective care;

2.Health promotion;

3.Physiological Integrity;

4.Psychosocial integrity

Will determine WHAT the question is asking you; the question may be Respiratory related-but is it a Health Promotion or a Safety, or a Physiological or a Psychosocial one? Would you know the difference and choose the BEST answer?

Once one understands the concepts of NCLEX, they can do so successfully.

Don't look at content; you know most of the material because you passed nursing school; begin to do questions related to each concept; review all questions and rationales; ANY rationale you struggle with, THEN review content. Lather, rinse, repeat.

When practicing the questions, prepare the questions like a mock NCLEX exam, review the minimum and then work up to the maximum for endurance purposes.

Try uworld.com...I took the NCLEX in January and pass on the first attempt.


Has 5 years experience.

did you go to a for-profit degree mill?

I'm hearing Uworld, Lippincott PassPoint, Rachell Allen, and any of the Lippincott NCLEX books helped.

Do you know what you plan on using the 3rd time?

Is there something wrong with for profit?

I am using NCSBN, the 5 week course and kaplan textbook.

Plan to retake in may

I used Prep U (Lippincott PassPoint) and it is good for teaching you how to learn to take a CAT test. However, I felt that the questions and answers were too unrealistically worded, meaning that they were too easy to answer. They were far from the actual NCLEX questions.

Thanks for the advice!!!

UWORLD. I can't stress this enough. I've failed the NCLEX and haven't studied for three years before taking it again. Kaplan QBANK and UWORLD saved my life. Do all of the questions in UWORLD. The rationales are phenomenal. Take your notes from UWORLD and you'll succeed. Good luck!


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