Quote from nrschris
hey guys - i took the nclex yesterday and now i am freaking out. here is my hx: i graduated last dec, and all my teachers said to take the test early - there was a better chance for me to pass. so i studied for hours on end since graduation. and plus, ok, i am an excellent student. i thought that all my studying was just going to be review (although throughout my "review" i was like, "i studied that before????). but i went into it feeling blah, but confident enough. i took the test yesterday and it passed 75, then 100, then 150... and i couldn't believe it...oh my goodness - it went all the way to 265! now i am freaking out. i was sure on half of them, and the other half of those questions i didn't know. and honestly guys, i studied like 5,000 questions from various books/cd roms/etc. i don't know how much more i could've done. please give me some positive feedback. i am feeling really down and lost and just really sad right now. i am trying to relax and forget about it but i really can't stop crying. i mean, does it mean i failed? am i one of those that "do well in school but fail the nclex???"
thanks for reading and i wish you all the best....
you were still in the game!
personally, i would be more worried if i got cut off at question 232 than 265. the way nclex works, it keeps giving you questions if it hasn't decided your competency.
if you finished all 265 and you didn't run out of time, then that means you were very borderline and the computer couldn't get a good "read" on you. what i was told from the kaplan nclex people was that if you get all 265 and you haven't run out of time, it's your answer to that last question that decides your fate.
if you get shut off at 75 either you were very competent or very not competent: you wouldn't have passed if you had taken every question on the test. but most likely, at 75 you probably did pass.
if you get shut off during the middle of the test it has been able to determine your level of competency. your chances of passing are about 50/50.
however, if you run out of time in the middle of the test, it looks at a percent (such as... the last 20% of the total number of questions taken) of the last questions that you answered. it then decides competency from the answers and level of difficulty of those questions.
for nclex, there is this imaginary line of competency. you start out just below it, and you work your way up until you're above this magic line. the questions are harder above the "line", they are easier below the "line". you miss one, you go down a notch and get an easier question. if you get that one right, then you get a harder question and move up a step.
if you were "above" the line of competency in the difficulty in your questions, you passed. kaplan told us that if you get all 265 and you are not out of time yet, you are either just above the line or at it. if you answered that last question correctly, you passed... if the pc gave you that question, then that means that you were very very close to passing. if you failed, it was so boarderline the pc couldn't make a decision and had to base it on the answer to that question. but, i doubt you failed.
i know for a fact that 5 of the people i graduated with took the entire 265. they all passed! the first time! so it will be ok!
it'll be ok! the nclex really sucks, i know what you were going through. but it will be over soon. does your state have rapid results? did you get any of the new questions?
edited to add: remember, everyone who takes the test answers about 50% right and 50% wrong. it's all about the level of difficulty. also, there is those 15 questions that are test questions (to see if they are good questions) in there that aren't a part of your score. so, even if you think that you didn't get the last one right, don't get upset! just wait it out. most likely, you passed!