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Help!! Failed NCLEX RN

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I just took my nclex RN and failed with 250 questions I thought all the material looked very familiar and answered all the questions to the best of my ability but truth is I hate test im better with hands on. I did pass my nclex LPN last year on the first attempt so its a little discouraging that i failed my RN.

For my RN i studied Saunders the newest addition and read about 30 pages a day i got some free apps and practiced nclex questions that had rationales. I also read the kaplan newest addition book for strategies. I find some free kaplan trainer questions and also did those my scores were the 50%.

I'm not sure where to go from here whether I buy a review course such as the HURST or Kaplan or if just do hurst 7 day free trial and find a free things i can through kaplan its really about not wanting to spend the money I dont have. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

I did the hurst review. It was amazing. I did saunders and just random questions. HESI helped me a lot too. Nclex is a lot like HESI. it's hard. I took it Monday. I did pass but thought I failed. Just keep studying and studying. You know what it's like now. See what your CPR says. Keep your faith and head up. Next time you will get it!

I just failed the NCLEX PN. I graduated over a year ago and I've been studying over 2 months but consistently for a month. I'm lost and don't know how to study. I've used Saunders, Exam Cram and lots of reviewing from my books. I feel defeated and lost!

I've heard of hesi have no idea what is. What is cpr

you mentioned that all of the content was familiar, but that you answered all of the questions to the best of your ability. it sounds like you knew what the topic was or what the question was asking for the most part but maybe didn't know how to choose the best answer

if content isn't what you really need then i would focus more on strategy and answering as many practice questions as you can. i used kaplan and did all of their questions and it really helped me on the actual nclex

good luck!!

I just failed the NCLEX PN. I graduated over a year ago and I've been studying over 2 months but consistently for a month. I'm lost and don't know how to study. I've used Saunders, Exam Cram and lots of reviewing from my books. I feel defeated and lost!

Don't lose hope!!! You can do this! Read my post about nclex advice! Passed my 2nd time! :) Good luck!

akulahawkRN, ADN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in Emergency Department. Has 6 years experience.

The fact that you and 250 questions before the computer shut off is an indication that you were on the pass/fail line for the entire length of the exam. To me, that suggests that your issue is not so much an issue of knowledge but rather your ability to parse the questions correctly and answer them appropriately. I would wait for the Candidate Performance Report to verify the fact that you were near passing standard in all areas, as I suspect that will be the case.

There are lots of suggestions about how to parse the exam questions, a simple search on this site should help with that. In my case, I managed to somehow pass the exam was 75 questions. What I was doing practice exams, I was not really doing all that well but was I ended up doing was actually slowing down a little bit. I pretty much forced myself to do the following:

1) breathe. Every time I got a new question, I would simply breathe deeply and slowly.

2) read the question, formulate an answer in my mind as to what I think the question is asking.

3) read the answers and compare them to the question I had in mind.

4) reread the question, specifically looking for keywords and phrases that would potentially points me to which answer is correct.

5) consider what the question is actually asking me to do (what kind of question is it?)

6) reread the answers and then select the most appropriate answer, given the above.

Once you have submitted the question, let it go. You can't change it and it's in the past. Don't worry about the next question because you don't know what will be coming up next. The only question that matters is the one that's right in front of you.