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I took the Kaplan pretest and tested in the non-passing area. I am very discouraged. I have not even to begun to study yet but I just feel so bad.

Anyone else have this experience?

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Smackdown specializes in ER, ICU, Med-Surg.

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When I took the Kaplan pre-test I scored in the passing area, but after the kaplan course is over they made us take a second test, and my score went down, along with many other people in my class. I have mixed feelings about Kaplan.

Please don't feel bad for not scoring in the passing area - this only means that you need to study a bit more to raise your score. I know many people who didn't pass the pre-test kaplan gave, you are definitely not alone! Just study a little bit each day and you will be successful :) Make sure to use other resources to study besides kaplan.

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The Kaplan pretest is filled with higher difficulty questions. I too was below the borderline for the pretest but pulled into the passing range on the readiness test. In my opinion, the readiness test was much easier than the pretest. Kaplan stated that the readiness test is more reflective of the NCLEX.

It's so easy to say but don't be discouraged! Just do your best to prepare and apply the Kaplan strategies. It will help you think through the test. If you didn't get the strategies in class, I suggest going to Barnes and Noble and reading the Kaplan book. It might help in your understanding.

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When studying for the NCLEX, I used Kaplan 2007-2008 Editon, Princeton Review, and Saunders to pass the NCLEX on my second try. A lot of time will have to be devoted towards studying, but do not panic... Just study. All of the above mentioned, also have accompanying NCLEX style question CD's. which is beneficial.. Be patient and when taking the NCLEX you will find the answer... Good luck!!

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RNmaria has 5 years experience.

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Thnak you so much for the encouragement! Today is a new day for me and I will continue to study. I looked over hwat I answered ont he pretest and frankly, some of the questions I could of thouhgt over more, maybe even answered correctly!

Thank you for all of your suportive thoughts and ideas.

I am picking myself up today and facing the NCLEX study guide!

Thanks again!

Pasha

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MrsMommaRN has 2 years experience and specializes in orthopaedics.

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I recently finished my Kaplan NCLEX RN course and feel even less confident about taking my boards.

Kaplan tries to get you to evaluate each question with their question tree method. It is hard to remember each part of it when you are going through and answering practice questions.

I know I need to strap down and really try to apply what was learn through Kaplan it just is hard to learn another way to approach questions if you are used to taking tests a certain way.

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RNmaria has 5 years experience.

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The Kaplan has given me some insight into answering the questions however, what I really need to do is do a good review of the material. I have the Saunders and I have begun to go through the book.......ugh!

Pasha :uhoh3:

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ohmeowzer RN is a RN and specializes in ob/gyn med /surg.

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i took kaplan course and passed both tests.. but still worry it isn't enough.. started studying sauders and still doing q bank

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RNmaria has 5 years experience.

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I know, I have been doing the qbank and I think I really need to review the material in Saunders.

Pasha ;)

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I took the Kaplan review course in May. I was borderline on both tests and was really discouraged. I also purchased Qbank. After Kaplan, I began working on reading the entire Kaplan book and I also purchased the Kaplan book from the book store; which gave me a better understanding of the questions. Because I took the 8 hour Kaplan class, we were told not to study when we got home for fear of burnout. Well, I did not look at the book until the last evening and realized most of the answers were in the handouts that they gave us, and in the book. The problem that I had with Kaplan was that If I had read the material that they gave us beforehand, I would have done excellent on their tests. My worry after Kaplan, was am I studying to pass Kaplan or the NCLEX.

I also am doing the Qbank every day for the last month since Kaplan. Out of the eight sections and subsections, I still have 4 sections where I am less than 65%. That is where I have put my focus. Since I have broken the sections down, I have been improving on my score. I will be taking the NCLEX at the end of the month and I will be ready.

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It usually takes 48 hrs. to get unofficial results. You have to call a 900 number which I believe costs around $9 or go online to the Nclex website and get results. Good luck !!

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