Well, I passed my foley check-off today. A small victory, but a victory nonetheless right?
Multiple choice questions worded as nclex questions are another story. One of my teachers (who is great, but tough) has told us she's starting us out early, and wants us to know that this is what we can expect. Questions that are worded in such a way, and that are similar to nclex-type questions. Well, everyone in my class did poorly on her quiz, and we began asking, "how would we evaulate this question to determine the best answer?" 3 of the answers were "correct" but which one was the "best"? She didn't offer up lots of suggestions, and as someone that has always had more common sense than "book smarts", I am truly blown away at how close some of the answers were. It seemed almost like a judgement call rather than a scientific way to differentiate that one answer was better than the other.
I'm not sure if that made a whole lot of sense, but I was hoping some experienced nursing students could share their thoughts and advice. BTW, I asked my teacher if buying a nclex-review book this early on would prove helpful and she said probably not?
Any suggestions, practice test websites, encouragement, would be very appreciated...
Jan 30, '03
I can't believe that she doesn't explain why the correct answer is the best choice out of the four. My instructor reviews the exam as soon as we are done taking the test. She goes over each & every question. If someone is confused as to why one answer is better than another, she'll explain it.....they are not always happy with her explanation though...lol. Plus, sometimes two of the answers truly are the best answer depending on the question. If we can come up with a good reason as to why, she will give us credit for it.
I would try to get your instructor to be a little more informative. There are test taking books for nursing students....they will explain what to look for......because a lot of times I've noticed---you really have to pay attention to what they are asking for. It's the little key words in the question that can throw you off if you aren't paying attention. I recently purchased a couple of nclex books, so I don't know if they are helpful or not. Check them out at the library or look at them at the bookstore & see if they offer explanations as to why the answers are correct or incorrect.
The test taking book I have is called "Test Success: Test-taking Techniques for Beginning Nurses Students" by Patricia Nugent & Barbara Vitale. It has detailed explanations as to why one answer is better than the other.
Last edit by Jennerizer on Jan 30, '03
Jan 30, '03
I think the first thing that we have to do before taking a test is to decrease the anxiety level. one of the things that my 3rd year nursing teacher told the class, is that every time you are taking a test put yourself in the pt. place and think highest priority and that would gear you in the right direction.
Last edit by Diahann Singh on Jan 30, '03