Quote from ccjacquelyn
Hi everyone! I am brand new to this forum and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Carol and I am a nursing student from CA who just took the NCLEX. I am really paranoid that I did not pass. I had 75 questions that I thought were difficult. I noticed that I got multiple questions regarding Infection Control and prioritizing which patient you would see first. In everyone's experience, do you think this indicates anything? I think there's a strong chance I failed miserably if they repeatedly asked me about a topic. Does anyone know how long I have to wait before I retake the test? Please tell me I'm not a complete failure!!!
I start working next Monday as a new grad with my IP. I'm extremely sad and embarrassed about the test. Does anyone have any experience (either yourself or someone you know) regarding a failed NCLEX? I would really appreciate any advice or any words of wisdom anyone can give.
The NCLEX exams do not give you questions on a particular topic based on if you got other questions on that topic right or wrong. In other words, you wouldn't keep getting asked about Infection Control because you had gotten questions on infection control wrong. The exam has to cover specific content areas for each and every candidate. Each and every exam has the same percentage range of questions on pharmacological therapies, physiological adaptation, etc. Some candidates PERCEIVE that their exams were ALL OB or ALL Psych, or ALL of something else. However, in reality, they are NOT. The computer will give each and every candidate the same percentage range of questions as called for in the test plan. Some questions may seem to you like they are testing one thing, when they are actually testing another. Believe me, there are many, many processes, procedures, and statistical analyses that are done to make sure no one gets a test that is "ALL OB" or "ALL Herbal Meds", etc. Another reason a test may seem to be mostly about one topic are the pretest items. Pretest items may be similar, but they don't count toward your pass/fail decision.
Bottom line - getting infection control questions does not mean you did poorly.