Just found out I failed the NCLEX

  1. I took the test Thursday the 10th and found out on the Pearson site today the 12th that I had failed it. It took some time for the shock to wear off but now I'm trying to plan where to go from here.

    I only had 87 questions. I came home afterwards and was looking for some assurances, because I didn't feel good about the test, and found some on this allnurses site saying they felt the same way and passed. Unfortunately I was right and, it seems, I not only failed the test, but failed it miserably, since the computer decided I was going down the tubes with only 87 questions.

    I prepared by reading an ExamCram NCLEX review book, doing questions on the Saunders CD, and by using my friend's account on Kaplan after she'd already passed. The day before the test I was scoring in the high-fifty percent range and figured I was doing alright. I did more than 600 questions on this account the week before the test and read every rationale. I was expecting the NCLEX questions to be similar, but I thought that the test questions were MUCH harder. I was also surprised because I finished nursing school with a 3.65 GPA. I wonder, was I just unlucky enough to just draw questions that I didn't know, or did I overthink the questions as I sometimes do.


    What really concerns me is that I am supposed to be starting work on Monday. I know that after this, I will be unable to practice even as a GN. I wonder what the hospital is going to do for me. I've already sent my nurse manager an email about the situation, and told her I'd do anything to be able to stay, but I wonder how much she can really do about it.

    I plan to take Kaplan this time. Wish I'd done it before but that's done and over with now.

    Has anyone else had similar experiences, and how did it work out?
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  3. by   don't quit
    I know that is discouraging, I will be taking the NCLEX in Feb. 07 I have purchased a book called NCLEX Made Incredibly Easy-PN,( it is also avaible for RN's) it is put out by Lipincott. I purchased it at a local bookstore. It has alot of helpful hints so far.
  4. by   suzy253
    I'm so sorry you didn't pass the NCLEX beast. I just took it on 7/31 and got all 265 questions and like everyone else who takes it, didn't feel good at all afterwards. Luckily, I did pass but I was already picking a date when to take it again. LIke the above poster's avatar says 'don't quit'. Don't give up on this. Did they send you a recap of what areas you might need to concentrate more on?
    Try to keep your chin up. You can do this.
  5. by   NotAnRNYet
    Quote from suzy253
    I'm so sorry you didn't pass the NCLEX beast. I just took it on 7/31 and got all 265 questions and like everyone else who takes it, didn't feel good at all afterwards. Luckily, I did pass but I was already picking a date when to take it again. LIke the above poster's avatar says 'don't quit'. Don't give up on this. Did they send you a recap of what areas you might need to concentrate more on?
    Try to keep your chin up. You can do this.
    The state does send you a "what to work on" list. I guess I'll get that in a few weeks. One thing I remember vividly about the test was that I had five or six questions on a very specific type of apparatus, one which I've seen once in all of my clinicals, and that was for a few minutes while helping to move the patient. I've spent a good part of today reading about this apparatus, but I know I will probably not get any questions on it next time....
  6. by   suebird3
    Welcome to allnurses.com. I moved your post to the NCLEX Forum for more responses.

    Suebird
  7. by   Paleobug
    I took it last month and found out that I also failed with 176 questions. I hate the NCLEX and the whole process of it including preparing to take it again. You work very hard to get through nursing school and make countless sacrifices and it all comes down to this crappy, mind game test. I could be starting my job this week.

    Anyway, the first time I did use the Saunder's Q&A book but I didn't review much content. This time I'm reading every chapter in the Saunder's Comprehensive review and trying Suzanne's plan with it. This way it will fill in any memory gaps of content that I might not have remembered the first time.
  8. by   tinta06
    Quote from NotAnRNYet
    I took the test Thursday the 10th and found out on the Pearson site today the 12th that I had failed it. It took some time for the shock to wear off but now I’m trying to plan where to go from here.

    I only had 87 questions. I came home afterwards and was looking for some assurances, because I didn't feel good about the test, and found some on this allnurses site saying they felt the same way and passed. Unfortunately I was right and, it seems, I not only failed the test, but failed it miserably, since the computer decided I was going down the tubes with only 87 questions.

    I prepared by reading an ExamCram NCLEX review book, doing questions on the Saunders CD, and by using my friend’s account on Kaplan after she’d already passed. The day before the test I was scoring in the high-fifty percent range and figured I was doing alright. I did more than 600 questions on this account the week before the test and read every rationale. I was expecting the NCLEX questions to be similar, but I thought that the test questions were MUCH harder. I was also surprised because I finished nursing school with a 3.65 GPA. I wonder, was I just unlucky enough to just draw questions that I didn’t know, or did I overthink the questions as I sometimes do.


    What really concerns me is that I am supposed to be starting work on Monday. I know that after this, I will be unable to practice even as a GN. I wonder what the hospital is going to do for me. I've already sent my nurse manager an email about the situation, and told her I'd do anything to be able to stay, but I wonder how much she can really do about it.

    I plan to take Kaplan this time. Wish I’d done it before but that’s done and over with now.

    Has anyone else had similar experiences, and how did it work out?
    I know how you feel because I went through this. If I may ask, how many questions did you do with Saunders review materials? Did you use the review book as well as the CD? because the CD is divided in quizzes, study, and exam with a total of 21000 questions all together, although some questions are repeated. If the answer to this is Yes. What percentages were getting on your Saunders CD exam and quiz part using 1 minute to answer each question? In addition, on the materials you missed on these exams, did you use the review book to reinforce your knowledge? Because the review book has summerized notes on most nursing topics apart from community health and BSN level leadership and Management. Furthermore, did you at least do about 4000 to 5000 questions with Saunders only before your NCLEX? If the answer to these questions is NO, then I would go back to Saunders work on each sub-section and find where your weakness are, then improve on them.
    The chances of being tested on the same materials are absolutely none. However, it is important to still review on the materials you remember been tested on and had no idea because something might pop up on the same topic but in different senario.
    From my opinion and experience, I think what makes some of us to be unsuccessful with NCLEX is the fact that we fail to accept or realize that we luck enough knowledge in nursing content because it is huge. Although we may have completed our nursing education with frying colors, we always forget that some nursing contents were not covered during nursing school or it may be that our critical thinking skills are not well developed to understand what NCLEX what us to think like. Most of the time, we rush into thinking that we are ready for NCLEX because of our GPAs or how well most our friends performed with NCLEX and yet we forget that we are different people with different ways of understand how the nail should be hit. If only we can forget about how others did on NCLEX at 75 quetsions and concerntrate on what they really did to prepare, then know and do WHAT WE NEED DO to pass NCLEX, maybe, we might find answers to why we were not successful in the other attempts.
    The secret is accepting that we DO NOT KNOW, which will motivate us to finding our weakness. Instead, we always think WE KNOW, because we are always justifying our weakness and it demoralizes us, which leads us to be unprepared the next time around and leads us failing again.
    Lastly but not the least, do not be discouraged because of losing a job. There might be something better for you if your boss won't support you during this period. This is the best time for you to know if your employers are there to support you or to throw you out when you need them. secondly, Do not let your friends achievements demoralize your motivation to do better next time, instead, let it motivate you because you will join them someday. Lastly, do not let your feelings of going through studying again discourage you, instead, pick yourself up, find your weakness, and tell yourself you can make it no matter what it takes.
    As far as I'm concerned, Kaplan is an excellent NCLEX review course to boost your critical thinking skills but Saunders helps you find your weakest content area. Good Luck.
    Last edit by tinta06 on Aug 12, '06
  9. by   NaomieRN
    I am sorry to hear about you not passing the Nclex. I hope you do well next time you take. Good luck to you, Say a little prayer before you take the test next time.
  10. by   Bala Shark
    Yea, Saunders is good for content..Kaplan is good if you know the content..
  11. by   willdgate
    keep goin, try saunder's or the hurst review
  12. by   NotAnRNYet
    Just wanted to thank everyone for their encouragement. I did do quite a few questions on both the Saunders CD and the online Kaplan question trainer/Qbank. I was doing about 60% on them, but I was not all that consistent. It seemed like all through school I was inconsistent at times, but in school most classes had a "drop you worst score" policy. Now, I plan to follow Suebird's plan of systematically going through the Saunders book.

    [FONT=times new roman,new york,times,serif]I'm still getting over the shock of my new situation. I've emailed my nurse manager to let her know and ask her what this means. I already know that I am no longer allowed to practice as a "graduate nurse"...even though I never really got that chance. I let her know how much I'd put into it and how much I wanted the job. I'm still going in for orientation tomorrow, hoping that something can still be worked out. She probably won't get the email until tomorrow.
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    [FONT=times new roman,new york,times,serif]I'm not sure what happened. I had been doing fairly well on the practice tests and of course spent so much time studying. But I remember my baseball coach from years back. We'd just lost the second game of the championship series and had to win the next game which was two days away. He said, "You all have 24 hours to feel sorry for yourself. Take that time and come back here ready to play." I try to remember that whenever something like this happens to me. Today I begin the process of preparing for the re-take, which I can do at the earliest in 45 days.
  13. by   NotAnRNYet
    Tinta, I feel like you know exactly what I am thinking, and was thinking prior to the test. Everything you said was like you were reading my mind. Thanks for your advice, if it worked for you it may work for me.

    It was strange how I got all those chest tube questions. I am not exaggerating when I say, I had at least 5 questions on it. I was thinking....ok, I don't know them, now can we please move on!!!
    But what this does show me that I need to work on content. And that's what I'm going to do....although I bet I could get those chest tube questions correct now!!!

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