Hey Kat 983,
Good Luck on the exam. In the beginning of the Kaplan Review Course we took an exam and I was right below borderline. On the second to last day of the review we took the readiness exam and I scored in the passing range above the borderline range. As for the Question trainer...
Test 1 48% first time..... 85% second time
Test 2 59% first time..... 73% second time
Test 4 62% first time..... 87% second time
Test 5 65% first time...... 97% second time
Test 6 63% first time...... 82% second time
Test 7 60% took only once
Test 3 61% took only once day before I sat for the exam!
I believe you are doing fine and you will pass. The kaplan review course helps prepare you on how to answer the questions correctly, even if you do not have the knowledge base. What you really need to look at is the Bloom's Taxonomy on the application and analysis part. You need to get at least 50% in these areas correct. If you do that then you should be fine. On the NCLEX you need to get at least 50% of the application and analysis type questions correct because these are the critical thinking questions. Just remember to answer them as if you were in the "Ivory Tower World" I am sure you have heard that over and over. Also you the decision tree, it really does help with answering the questions. As you can see with my results above I was a little scared about taking it, but I was told as long as I got at least a 50% or above on the analysis and application questions I should be fine. Which I did pretty well in those categories. Plus our Kaplan Review Instructor was great. I took it out our college here in Maryland. She was a very positive role model. Everyday tell yourself you will pass and believe in it. That is what she told me as well. She even said go to the extent of posting it everywhere, but I did'nt do that.
Don't be discouraged at all. Remember, you know what you know. Just practice answering questions over and over. I am sure you heard you should at least get an overall of 65% and I never did that doing it on my first try. The only reason I did good on the second time is because I remembered some of the answers. I just wanted to practice using the decision tree. It seems to me that you will be okay to take the exam. I believe in the Kaplan Review Course, so I know you will pass!!!!! Good Luck and let me know how you do.
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Im currently taking Kaplan, and while it seems like a great review, i am so nervous about the NCLEX. I take it July 1st. What percentages did you get on the review tests on the CD? I am feeling so discourages cause i have only gotten 60% on the first two!! I am ready to scream! I heard it doesnt matter about the percentages, but what have you heard or think?