Does Kaplan make you read into the answer on the NCLEX?

  1. I found out i failed my NCLEX RN this week and I am heartbroken. I am thinking about enrolling in the kaplan review (kaplan complete) which is 450 dollars. I was initially using saunders, but as most say, it was very easy and i did not find the nclex to be that easy. Therefore; now i want to do kaplan review. I heard that kaplan is harder than the nclex, and some ppl say that they actually failed even after the kaplan course, because they found themsevles reading into the question. I want to know from the ones who used kaplan and passed, .. is this myth true? Did you find yourself reading into the questions on the NCLEX exam after doing the kaplan review? I really dont want to read into the answer. Please help.

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  3. by   shoegalRN
    I havent taken NCLEX as of yet (July 8th is date of my fate LOL), but I've completed all the Qbank questions in Kaplan. What I do is then go to either Medspub and Saunders and use the test methods and apply it to those questions and I've been doing pretty well getting to the right answer.
  4. by   2bNurse4life4ever
    thats very good to know and therefore makes me trust in kaplan, i will do the review and let everyone know how i do with the nclex the second time around.
  5. by   Ordered Chaos
    i took kaplan-my school made it mandatory in order to graduate-i have no complaints, it was a good program..i think the teacher of it makes the class. just like any other course if they are there to teach or for the money youll know.
    kaplan will let you learn more about the question but will never read into the question
    goodluck!
  6. by   2bNurse4life4ever
    Quote from Ordered Chaos
    i took kaplan-my school made it mandatory in order to graduate-i have no complaints, it was a good program..i think the teacher of it makes the class. just like any other course if they are there to teach or for the money youll know.
    kaplan will let you learn more about the question but will never read into the question
    goodluck!
    thats great to know. thanks. will def. purchase kaplan review now that i know that reading into the question is not true.
  7. by   shoegalRN
    Quote from 2bNurse4life4ever
    thats very good to know and therefore makes me trust in kaplan, i will do the review and let everyone know how i do with the nclex the second time around.
    For everyone that I knew who took Kaplan, they say Kaplan was harder than the NCLEX in their opinion. Everyone I knew who took Kaplan passed NCLEX on the first try. There is one girl who took NCLEX, got 265 questions and failed the first time. The second time, she took Kaplan, completed all the questions, took NCLEX again, got 75 questions and PASSED.
  8. by   Meriwhen
    One thing that Kaplan stresses is that all the information you need to answer the question IS in the question. It may not be obvious--sometimes you'd swear it's invisible--but after you review the answers, you'll see that the info was there. At least it's there for 99% of the questions I've encountered so far--there's two or three that still make me think, "my God, how the heck did they come up with that?"

    Also, if the info is not in the question, it's not there period--don't assume there's trouble when none is indicated. If the question says the patient has a history of asthma but makes no mention of being in respiratory distress, don't automatically choose the answer that has you running in with O2 and suction because you see "asthma."

    Oh yeah, Kaplan adds that you should never go "What if..." because that definitely will lead you into reading into the question.
  9. by   caliotter3
    You should never try to read into a question. Always take them at face value.
  10. by   2bNurse4life4ever
    Quote from Meriwhen
    One thing that Kaplan stresses is that all the information you need to answer the question IS in the question. It may not be obvious--sometimes you'd swear it's invisible--but after you review the answers, you'll see that the info was there. At least it's there for 99% of the questions I've encountered so far--there's two or three that still make me think, "my God, how the heck did they come up with that?"

    Also, if the info is not in the question, it's not there period--don't assume there's trouble when none is indicated. If the question says the patient has a history of asthma but makes no mention of being in respiratory distress, don't automatically choose the answer that has you running in with O2 and suction because you see "asthma."

    Oh yeah, Kaplan adds that you should never go "What if..." because that definitely will lead you into reading into the question.
    i really liked how you gave the asthma example. That had me laught at some of the choices i used to pick as my answers, which obviously is reading into the answer. You are very right. I regret not doing kaplan the first time, i will definetly purchase kaplan, i need to sit down in a classroom where i can learn test taking strategies. Thank you for your advice.
  11. by   2bNurse4life4ever
    Quote from nurse2be09
    For everyone that I knew who took Kaplan, they say Kaplan was harder than the NCLEX in their opinion. Everyone I knew who took Kaplan passed NCLEX on the first try. There is one girl who took NCLEX, got 265 questions and failed the first time. The second time, she took Kaplan, completed all the questions, took NCLEX again, got 75 questions and PASSED.
    yea its always a good idea to complete all the questions , and also to read all the rationals and understand what the question is asking.
    the kaplan course that i am taking is going to be held once a week on sundays for four consecutive sundays. I wanted to know since the course will only meet once a week, can i still do qbank questions at home? .
    Last edit by 2bNurse4life4ever on Jun 27, '09
  12. by   Meriwhen
    Quote from 2bNurse4life4ever
    yea its always a good idea to complete all the questions , and also to read all the rationals and understand what the question is asking.
    the kaplan course that i am taking is going to be held once a week on sundays for four consecutive sundays. I wanted to know since the course will only meet once a week, can i still do qbank questions at home? .
    Yes. You should be allowed access into the QBank as soon as you've registered, even before the first class.
  13. by   shoegalRN
    Quote from 2bNurse4life4ever
    yea its always a good idea to complete all the questions , and also to read all the rationals and understand what the question is asking.
    the kaplan course that i am taking is going to be held once a week on sundays for four consecutive sundays. I wanted to know since the course will only meet once a week, can i still do qbank questions at home? .
    The Kaplan course I took was held over 2 weekends. Eight hour days on Saturday and Sunday for two weekends in a row. It helped me ALOT with test taking skills. I SUCKED at taking tests because I read too much in the question, and Kaplan teaches you not to do that. Also, you can take the Q bank questions at home on your own. I waited until after my class was completely over, then tackled the Qbank and did all 1100 questions, ranging in 56-74% average, and an overall average of 56%. Kaplan wants you to get atleast a 60% on your Question Trainers 1-7 which are totally different than the Q bank. So, in reality, I've done close to 2000 questions, including the Question trainers and I have two more Question Trainers to go before my test date. Not to mention, my questions I've done in Medspub and Saunders.

    Everyone that I know from my class who took Kaplan has PASSED. There was one girl who failed Adult I class in nursing school, took Kaplan, and PASSED on the first try. It can be done!
  14. by   Meriwhen
    Quote from nurse2be09
    I waited until after my class was completely over, then tackled the Qbank and did all 1100 questions, ranging in 56-74% average, and an overall average of 56%. Kaplan wants you to get atleast a 60% on your Question Trainers 1-7 which are totally different than the Q bank. So, in reality, I've done close to 2000 questions, including the Question trainers and I have two more Question Trainers to go before my test date. Not to mention, my questions I've done in Medspub and Saunders.
    I did Kaplan online--I followed the outline they had in the book. I watched all of the lectures while doing QTs 1-3, then the readiness test. Then since I was testing about 2-3 week after the end of "class", I did a QT every 3 days and 100-150 QBank questions on the other days. They tell you not to do more than 150 questions, but I do throw in some Saunders (not too many though, I keep the daily total under 200). I just put QT7 to bed (almost, I'm reviewing the answers right now) so it's just 6 more days of QBank questions to go.

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