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Kaplan Alternate Format Quiz- 25%!

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I am freaking out!! I just took Kaplan's Alternate Format Quiz and got a 25% (7/27)!! They were hard and not much time to do them! The wording was very different from the Qtrainers and Qbank! I just put Saunder's 6th Edition (all of the 5th editions are checked out) on hold at my local library and I hope that the 6th has as many practice SATA as the 5th since that I've seen mentioned on here! Does the 6th have a lot?

Any thoughts or comments from those that have taken the Kaplan's Alternate Format Quiz???

I'm testing on August 5th at 2pm and still feel like I had enough to still study and now this disaster!!! :arghh:

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RNfixmeplease

Has 2 years experience.

I would work on that for sure..... Out of my 90 questions on NCLEX 30 SATA.

Keep your head up and keep working at them!!!!

Good Luck!

Honestly that's a pretty average score for that one. I personally scored a 34 and the highest I heard of was in the 40's. I'm testing in the am. I also used Lippincotts alt format book too

i test aug 5th at 2PM too!, I don't think you should sweat about that last test, I've heard a lot of ppl get in the 20-30s. I have to keep practicing SATAs too, I hate them!

There are two questions that I've snipped screened to sent to the experts as I am really confused by the answers.

1.) The one says that a patient with DM I diagnosed with Diabetic Ketoacidosis is NOT AT RISK for hypokalemia.

True, right now he has hyperkalemia but as we begin the standard treatment protocol with fluids and insulin he is AT RISK for it and the RN needs to monitor his potassium very carefully and may need give it if it gets too low to prevent cardiac issues. Isn't that what at risk means?? Is it different for Kapaln or the NCLEX???

2.) The other one is about microdrip tubing and in the rationale states that it is 60gtts/second. There is more with this one but I already gave one whole question above and don't want to get in trouble.

Do not freak out!! I got 34 percent on that test, and passed NCLEX on the first try in June. I thought the Kaplan SATA questions were much harder than the NCLEX ones! Good luck!!

i test aug 5th at 2PM too!, I don't think you should sweat about that last test, I've heard a lot of ppl get in the 20-30s. I have to keep practicing SATAs too, I hate them!

That's crazy that a lot of people get such a low score on it! Do they pass the NCLEX??

I PM'd you too!

13grad71

Specializes in Emergency, Tele, Med Surg, DOU, ICU.

Yeah don't sweat the alternate format. I too got a 20% but passed the first try with 75 q. I thought the kaplan alternate format was a tad harder than the actual nclex.

bhumipatel2004

Specializes in cardiac. Has 3 years experience.

dont count on score but go with content n consider each answer choice to be right or wrong . dnt freak out as i think if you are doing good you will get more SATA thats nice thing tht you are in game and you can do it my every 5-6 question were SATA.

There are two questions that I've snipped screened to sent to the experts as I am really confused by the answers.

1.) The one says that a patient with DM I diagnosed with Diabetic Ketoacidosis is NOT AT RISK for hypokalemia.

True, right now he has hyperkalemia but as we begin the standard treatment protocol with fluids and insulin he is AT RISK for it and the RN needs to monitor his potassium very carefully and may need give it if it gets too low to prevent cardiac issues. Isn't that what at risk means?? Is it different for Kapaln or the NCLEX???

This is a valid question that you are asking. However, you are "reading into the question" too much. The only thing they are asking you is if a pt in DKA is at risk for hypokalemia. They aren't asking about anything related to treatment, ONLY if a patient who has DKA is at risk for hypokalemia. You know that they are not. DKA throws you into hyperkalemia. They don't want to know about the risks of treatment for DKA, but rather about the symptoms of DKA. That's why this test is so tricky and why so many people struggle to pass. It's not that you don't know the content, the questions are just hard to decipher sometimes. That is the first step, though--if you can figure out what the question is actually asking you, you are golden. Good luck!

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lbeRN

Thanks!! Ok, so on the NCLEX "at risk" doesn't necessarily mean a potential problem based on the any number of things that can create a problem for that particular patient? It means "at risk" based upon that disease process, injury, situation without intervention or treatment?

THANKS again!!

lbeRN

Thanks!! Ok, so on the NCLEX "at risk" doesn't necessarily mean a potential problem based on the any number of things that can create a problem for that particular patient? It means "at risk" based upon that disease process, injury, situation without intervention or treatment?

THANKS again!!

Always focus on the "here and now" when answering those questions.

Also to answer your question, I got 60s on most question trainers and a 23% on Kaplan's alternate SATA test. I passed NCLEX first try.

Kaplans scores calculate differently. For example, a 60% = 90%

I wish you lots of luck! You can do it!!

OneHappyRN

Has 1 years experience.

Don't freak out... lol I took that one and got in the high 20s - and I still passed the NCLEX. That alternate test question thing is ridiculous and hard!!!

It depends on the question itself. Look at what the question is asking you. If that question had asked about what the patient BEING TREATED for DKA was at risk for--hypokalemia would be correct. At risk refers to potential problems related ONLY to what the question is asking. The wording is very important. So read carefully and re-read. It's something I had to work on for a while before I took NCLEX. All the best! Also, just a side note, when answering SATA questions, it really helped me to treat each potential answer as a true/false question and eliminate answers based on that. Maybe you already do that, just throwing it out there :)

At risk refers to potential problems related ONLY to what the question is asking. The wording is very important. So read carefully and re-read.

Ok! I got it!! Thank you for the help!!

Hi Micki,

how did you prepare for NCLEx rN I only got 3 weeks!!:(

nervous!!!

questions? Content? I'm just torn between them