I Passed Nclex-RN!! Advice for test takers


  • Specializes in NICU. Has 4 years experience.

I just found out about an hour ago that I passed Nclex-RN!!!! I'm so happy. For a second there I thought I wasn't gonna make it. Just want to give some advice to the future nclex takers:

1- I freaked out when I realized my exam didn't shut off at 75 questions. Walk in there prepared to take as much questions as you think your brain will allow, even if it means telling yourself, "I'm prepared to take 265 questions if I have to." My test didn't shut off til 213 questions!!! I was freaking out the whole time.

2- Take the break the computer suggests you take. I used the break to pray and gather my thoughts and encourage myself to take this exam and not let it take me.

3- Do not get hung up on how many questions you had. Like many others said here, the # of questions you had is completely irrevelant. You can pass or fail at any number. Do not think that just because your computer didn't shut off at 75 it must mean that you were borderline or not doing well. The computer won't shut off until you're getting 50% wrong in the passing range. This takes longer for some people to achieve because the computer gives you easy and hard questions.

4- Know your broad based knowledge. I felt it was either you knew it or not and don't forget your fundamentals like the importance of infection control. I got a lot of that.

5- If you can take it the same day as a close friend, you should. I don't think I would've made it through the day if I didn't have my best friend there to vent with after the exam. Don't worry if she/he gets up and is finished before you. You're both taking entirely different exams. Hers might've been easier for her to achieve that 50% in the passing range, who knows?

Clear your mind, get rest, eat a good breakfast, say your prayers if you have faith, and surround yourself with positivity! Good Luck to all of you!


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Specializes in Telemetry. Has 10 years experience.

Thank you so much. This is what I want to hear. I will be taking mine next week and I have decided to take the day before the exam and go out with my daughter. I have to pass and therefore I have to stay positive.


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Congratulations! thanks for sharing. Btw, I will be taking my exam on march 25 with a friend. I hope we will both pass.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :yeah:

THANK 4 THE ADVICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Specializes in L&D, MedSurg, Rheumatology.


Way to go. How long did you study and what did you study? TY


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Specializes in NICU. Has 4 years experience.

I took kaplan and kaplan only. I did 1000 qbank questions (a lot of the topics in qbank were on the nclex) I was getting some grades in the high 50's and some grades in the 60's. I did question trainer 6 and got a 60. But honestly, I was so nervous everything I learned in kaplan went out the door. I couldn't apply their principles and strategies because 95% of my exam was either you know the answer or you don't. And if you don't have the knowledge no amount of strategy is going to help you.

And thanks guys!


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Specializes in NICU. Has 4 years experience.

I started kaplan Jan 25 and finished Feb 10. My test date was March 9. I did 50 questions nearly everyday with a one day break every 2 or 3 days. My test date was on a tues, I did my last set of questions Friday morning and didn't pick up another book or read or do anything nursing related. They do say you should stop studying about 2 days before your boards.


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Specializes in Pediatrics.

Congrats!!! Thanks so much for the advice...I will be taking my exam need week and I definitely needed to hear that. I also took Kaplan and I am currently doing qbank questions and I still have trainer number 6 and 7 to do. I have confidence that I will pass and I keep telling myself not be nervous and continue to pray. Thanks again for the advice...ill give you u an update next with my exam results.


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Specializes in Med/Surg.

That's great!! Good luck as an RN!!!!

Has 10 years experience.

I too just wrote the NCLEX on Mar 11th 2010, with 75 questions the computer screen went blue and I was done...I was a little shocked as I have wrote the NCLEX a few times and didn't want to have to tell anyone that once again I didn't make it. After my last attempt at the NCLEX RN I told myself that I would not try again, but after a lot of encouragement from my family I decided to try again. This time I approached the test with a whole different plan. I first researched different review classes that I could take on line - as I have found out that I am a real visual learner. I signed up for "Review for Nurses", and it totally opened my eyes to the way that this NCLEX test is delivered and how to answer questions when you totally don't have any idea of the topic. I would strongly recommend this web site to anyone it was a great learning tool for me. Anyways back to the exam. I was in totally shock when the computer shut off at 75 questions.....I thought "there must be something wrong with this computer"....the other times that I wrote I went right too 265 questions. I wasen't even in the room for an hour.....can you picture my face...:eek: ....! HAHAHA Anyways I did the PV trick and I got the good pop up...that states that I can't reschedule another appointment and to contact my board of nursing......So I am assuming that I have passed.

I am wishing you all the bes......t to everyone who is out there waiting to write the NCLEX or who have written the exam and are wondering if you passed.....I am wishing you all the best of luck. :redbeathe:redbeathe:redbeathe:redbeathe:redbeathe:redbeathe:redbeathe


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CONGRATS !!! WAY TO GO!!!!! :anpom: