Published Feb 7, 2014
I'm warning you, this is going to be a LONG post. I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone on this forum. Besides study tips and resources, so many people on here have been such strong supporters.
I used to enjoy reading posts about people's testing experiences with as many details as possible. It made me feel comfortable as my test was approaching. Also, a review of testing materials also helped me, so I will provide both.
I graduated in 2011 passed the NCLEX in 75 questions on the first try WITHOUT taking Kaplan or Hurst. It IS doable. If I did it, you can do it too!
I used A LOT of different things. Some helped... some didn't.
Get a good night of sleep! I tossed and turned for a little bit and fell asleep around midnight. I woke up at 6:00 AM and took a nice, long shower. I ate a light breakfast and wore comfortable clothing. I spent the ride to the center talking to my boyfriend on the phone which was relaxing. I got to the testing center 15 minutes early.
Once I got to the testing center, I was given instructions to read until my name was called. They did a palm scan and took a photo. They take cellphones and any other electronics and put it in a sealed bag. You put the sealed bag with the rest of your things in the locker. When leaving, you bring the bag to the person at the desk and they open the bag up for you. I put everything in the locker besides my ID and the locker key.
I was seated at a computer and the test began. I hid the time and avoided looking at the # of questions I had completed but it seemed that my eye automatically went to the question number every 10 - 15 minutes. When I saw question number 60, I told myself no more looking at the clock. Of course, I looked right as I submitted 74. I got to question 75 and it was literally the ONLY question I could say I was 100% sure I knew the answer to on the entire test. It shut off right after.
Upon collecting my things from the locker, I walked outside and did the Pearson Vue trick while walking to my car and immediately saw the good pop up. I was SHAKING when I saw it. Crossing my finger that the trick is accurate and that I get the official news in 36 hours now!
About 40% of my questions were alternate style.
1 drag and drop
1 medication calculation
2 questions were the answer choices were pictures
No audio, no hot spot questions
There were random meds on my test, some of which I have never heard of and others which were very familiar. I had both, generic and brand name for MOST drug questions.
Good luck to EVERYONE taking the exam soon. If you need ANY help, PLEASE, PLEASE ask me. I don't know how much help I could be, but even if it is something about what to expect, etc. just let me know!
Thank you to everyone, and I hope this helped!
RNfindingherway, BSN, RN
Congrats to you rnaria. I am very proud of you. Be the best Nurse you can be. Congrats again.
Ohhh wow congrats ....I emailed you last week keep in torch and congrats again
I will check now! I basically steered clear of anything that wasn't NCLEX related so I haven't really even kept up with emails in the past few days. I will go read it now! :)
Thank you both for the congratulations!
My test was similar to yours. I would get 3-4 SATA questions in a row. I had no medication question, 3 EKG and mostly pharm and priority questions at the end.
Yep! I didn't have too too many pharm, but I felt that the end of my test wasn't too bad? It seemed to me more of the legal aspects of nursing/informed consent/ etc.
CONGRATS TO YOU!
isharRN, ASN, RN
Congratulations!!!!!! You did it!!!
I also got quite a few SATAs on mine as well. Several where you have to pull up the files, 3-4 ekg, no math (surprisingly!)
Congratulations!!! RNARIA :)
Thanks for sharing your story and study plan.
What sources do you suggest are best for SATA questions? Any tips for meds?
I'm lost, what is an SATA question and what is the Pearson Vue trick?
SATA: select all that apply or applies. That means there are 1 or more correct answers and you need to select all the correct answers for full credit.
And yes, a SATA can have only 1 correct answer: it's not very common but it can and does happen. Most SATAs have at least 2 though; I think average is about 2-3. Some SATA will have all choices as being correct and you need to chose them all.
When tackling these questions, find all the correct answers--don't worry about how many you find at the end, just find them!
For example a question would ask something like this:
What are some reportable signs and symptoms of elderly abuse: (Select all that apply)
1). The patient has unexplained bruises on her body
2). The patient states that her daughter handles all of finances
3). The patient says she is always tired
4). The patient has a history of smoking
5). The patient has not been able to fill her medication because her daughter feels it is a waste of money.
PEARSON VUE TRICK:
The trick is...if u sign in and try to register (as long as it says delivery successful) to take the test again on PEARSONVUE website, after you took the nclex test...if it stops you and a pop up appears stating unable to register contact your state boards, breathe, because you PASSED!!! If it lets you try to pay, start studying again to retake.
Thank you all for the congratulations! :)
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