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I don't know what to think. Last time I took the Nclex-RN I got the max amount of questions. Then I took it again today for the second time almost a year later and I got the minimum amount of questions. I wish I could say that I studied the entire time from the first time I took the Nclex to the second time but that's not the case. My life and schedule just didn't allow that much free time for studying. But I did make an effort to try and make time to study and can honestly say that I blew off a lot of responsibilities within the past 3 months or so to study. I just don't know if it was enough. How am I supposed to tell how I did when I got the max amount one time and the minimum the very next time? I've thought about doing the "trick" to see what it says but I'm even afraid to do that. What if it does say I didn't pass, I'll be devestated and if it hints at that I may have passed well then I may be filling myself up with false hope. I mean is the "trick" just coincidence or can it be trusted. Further more what if I do the "trick" and I end up messing up my information in their computer system. I wish I could just shut my brain off from the whole experience but to make matters worse my boss called me "from her own private cell phone on her day off" only to ask me if I took the dang thing yet, and how many questions I got so that she could decide for herself if I passed or not. But of course this whole time they've been "supporting me any way they can" what a crock! It's been more like oh "THE LPN" like working with an LPN is like having a virus. I have more experience as an LPN then a lot of the RN out on the floor. Well I don't want to start that rant and rave again so let me quickly back away from that thought lol I don't what do you guys think? Do you think I passed or do you think I bombed it so horrible it shut off right away??? Cause I have no idea :bugeyes:

MarathonerPN

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Specializes in LPN , CNA, Counselor..

I suggest you relax and entertain your mind while you wait, Hope for the best, I know is not easy to do it, but try to not to think about you not passing, I personally think you did very well, Be confident , believe in yourself. Good luck!

oomalava

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Dear LPN/LVN-

I know taking the NCLEX is crazy-making. Don't try to second-guess how you did; it only takes a few days for results to be posted. The NCLEX question system is based on many things- sometimes it will keep giving you questions based on the algorithm of how you are doing, and sometimes it is simply that you happened to be the "X" person who was going to get the maximum questions anyway....... no matter how well you were doing. When my class took the NCLEX, all but 2 of the 34 of us who passed got 75 questions.

I hope no one has been dissing you because you earned your LVN before going on to get your RN. I've only been an RN for two years and I am always asking for, and getting, great advice and tactics from the LVNs on our floor who have been nurses longer than I have. Their experience is priceless. And kudos to you for going back to school and doing the work to get your RN! I'm trying to work full time while earning my BSN, and it's brutal!

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Here's hoping you get to you state's nursing website and see your name with a big RN and a number after it! :yeah:

Specializes in OB, NICU, Nursing Education (academic).

here are the rough statistics for nclex pass rates:

approx 85 % of takers with 75 questions will "pass"

approx 50% of takers with 265 questions will "pass"

someone who "fails" with 75 questions, failed badly, was not even close.

someone who "passes" with 265 questions came very close to passing.

it sounds like you came very close the 1st time! i'd say chances are good you did well this time.

there is no such thing as someone taking all 265 questions no matter how well they are doing (as above poster says).

Specializes in Med-Surg/Oncology.

Deep down, I think everyone who gets 75 questions can make a good guess as to how they did on the NCLEX, even if you don't want to falsely reassure or devastate yourself. I only got 75 questions but was almost certain I passed.. I just felt there was NO WAY that I could have studied as hard as I did and done bad enough for it to fail me after only 75. I didn't "allow" myself to be overconfident and be totally convinced that I passed - if I failed, I wanted to be somewhat emotionally prepared for it. I knew in my heart of hearts that I had passed, though.

So how do you REALLY feel, deep down? Do you feel like you knew or didn't know most of the questions? 48 hours is a long time to wait, but it will seem much longer if you agonize over it.. Go find something constructive to do! ;) And good luck :)

Specializes in Med-Surg/Oncology.
Dear LPN/LVN-

I know taking the NCLEX is crazy-making. Don't try to second-guess how you did; it only takes a few days for results to be posted. The NCLEX question system is based on many things- sometimes it will keep giving you questions based on the algorithm of how you are doing, and sometimes it is simply that you happened to be the "X" person who was going to get the maximum questions anyway....... no matter how well you were doing. When my class took the NCLEX, all but 2 of the 34 of us who passed got 75 questions.

This is NOT true. NOBODY gets all 265 questions "just because". The computer ends the test when it determines with certainty that you have passed or failed. If you get all 265, that's because the computer was not able to determine by that point, based on the answers you provided, that you could definitively be a safe nurse. Whether you pass or fail once you reach that 265 point and it shuts off depends on how well you answered the questions that came immediately before #265.

Moogie

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Specializes in Gerontology, nursing education.
I wish I could just shut my brain off from the whole experience but to make matters worse my boss called me "from her own private cell phone on her day off" only to ask me if I took the dang thing yet, and how many questions I got so that she could decide for herself if I passed or not. But of course this whole time they've been "supporting me any way they can" what a crock! It's been more like oh "THE LPN" like working with an LPN is like having a virus. I have more experience as an LPN then a lot of the RN out on the floor. Well I don't want to start that rant and rave again so let me quickly back away from that thought lol I don't what do you guys think? Do you think I passed or do you think I bombed it so horrible it shut off right away??? Cause I have no idea :bugeyes:

That's a lot of pressure, especially by your boss. No wonder you're frustrated!

Your co-workers aren't being terribly supportive when they have that "you're an LPN" attitude. They certainly aren't helping your stress level much either.

I just feel so bad reading your post. Taking the NCLEX is difficult enough without the additional pressure you're getting from your boss and co-workers.

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