First Fundamentals test

  1. Hi everyone,

    I had my first test in fundamentals last week and the results were dismal. Our passing is 73 and i got 76. Sad to say but 14 students failed with scores mostly on the 60's -- four of them i knew well. The mean average for the class is 73, which is a low score. I'm happy i passed but at the same time i feel like i dont deserve it coz i studied well (all of us did) and at the same time i feel bad for those that failed coz they are now demoralized and want to drop the class.

    Based on your experience, is it easy or difficult to bounce back after your dismal grades or not?

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  3. by   JennieJenRN
    WOW 73 where I go to school 78 is passing (c-). The first test is always hard but, alot of us do better the next time. You now know how the tests are structured and what is important to study ect.. anyone can come back hang in there!!!!
  4. by   bettina
    Hey Paula:

    I have three weeks left of fundamentals and I can't say that grade wise I am doing too spectacular. My class is divided into three components: lecture, theory, lab, and clinical. Although the theory is a seperate grade, the information is applicable to the rest. I don't study too much(don't tell my teachers), but am managing between a B and C(78 or higher equals RN). There is just no way that I can read every word of every chapter of every note of every book, etc. You grab what you can, and do the best that you can. How do you learn(visual, tactile, hearing, etc.)? Who is teaching the class? What is that person's personal expectation of you specifically(ask....alittle smoozing never hurt any nursing student)? What was the first exam like? Are you going for the knowledge or the grade? I want to 4 point...but I don't do the work for a 4pt. I want to learn to be the best nurse that I can be....and not hurt anyone in the process. Parts are interesting and yes, I have napped through parts of some lectures. And it does take practice to be able to apply the knowledge. As the semester wears on, the pieces should come together. It goes by so fast...hang on, this is where the fun starts. And ask those questions...never enough questions.


    "If you're in control, you're not going fast enough."

    Parnelli Jones
  5. by   CountrifiedRN
    When we took our first test, our instructors said up front that a lot of people don't do well on the first one. It's mostly because you don't know what to expect, and you're nervous as heck! The next test will be better, because you will be more familiar with what they expect, but you'll probably still be nervous! I think I got jitters before every test up until the end of the first semester!
    You'll do just fine.

    Oh, and by the way, be glad that your passing is 73, ours is 80! Ugh!
  6. by   peaceful2100
    The first test is usually the hardest because you don't know what to expect. After that it usually gets better because then you have a feel of what the questions will be like and have a better idea of how to focus your studying. In fundamentals 2 semesters ago my first test was an 80 and then it went up from there. So yes, it can be done.

    For those who thought passing with a 73 was amazing. AT my school a 70% is passing at my school.
  7. by   Agnus
    Now you have somewhat of a feel for what the test are like and can prepare better next time. You passed CELEBRATE!
    Congrats. and welcome.
  8. by   rosemadder
    Passing is passing is passing. If you passed the first test then don't worry. You will do better as the semester rolls along. The first one is always a tough one but if you passed it you will probably do fine.
  9. by   belicosa
    hey, dont get discouraged. fundamentals was a wake up call. i failed my first test in my life. many students in my class did bad on a few fundamental test and they are good students too. its just a matter of getting use to the nursing style questions. buy an nclex book, regardless of wht other people tell you, it will help to get in that frame of mind, and you wikl need it anyways.
  10. by   GPatty
    Let me tell you...
    I've worked in Heathcare for a good 20 yrs or so. So I thought Nursing School would be a breeze. I mean, I hung around nurses all day, how much more could there be to know?
    I entered Nursing School and thought I would be getting A's & B's.

    Let me tell you something else...
    I am 3/4 of the way through and am now to the point of "Oh! Thank You God, I got a C!" :chuckle

    Nursing School is hard! But don't let one test get you down! You can do this! And yes, you can bounce back after dismal can happen!

  11. by   momangel29
    Where I go to school 76 is passing. You will find that there are some things you get and some things you will never understand! Usually it all comes out in the wash. If you fail one you get a 90 on another and you are right back in the game. I wish I could say that it changes, it doesn't. If you are a serious student though don't get all bent out of shape for one grade. Remember you have more than one test in a block. I have survived a year and a half of this and so can you! Senior ADN student.