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75 is just a number and does not mean anything different that 76, 80, 140, or 265. Out of a new grad group of 30, 3 were repeat test takers and failed their first time at 75. 75 is not like getting a 100% on a test and the other numbers are less. So bragging rights of 775 questions, not really anything to brag about.
But... Congratulations on passing the NCLEX!! That is a bragging right. Passing is a huge deal
My understanding of how NCLEX works is there is a certain basic criteria you have to meet. I am keeping this example simple, so please no hating on me.
As a standard lets say they want you to know that the heart has 4 chambers. The first question may be "how many chambers does the heart have". If you say 4, they than may ask you something harder like "what is the left ventricle". If you say 3 they may ask you what is the function of the heart. If you got the ventricle question right they would say "He knows cardio... move on". If you got the function of the heart wrong they would follow it up with "Where is the heart in the chest". The more you get those questions wrong, the more they have to ask you to see if you know the min.
If they throw a psyche question on you about depression and you get it wrong the next question may be about Bi-polar. If you get that wrong they may than ask you about borderline. In the end the test can be forgiving because it wants to confirm you know something about psyche... and if depression isn't your thing something else might be. It would be unreasonable to expect us to be able to regurgitate everything we learned in nursing school in a single test. That being said I think it is more impressive to not be asked follow up questions because you got the first ones wrong.
That is the way it was explained to me anyway. Ultimately you are right that everyone has to have the same level of knowledge to pass NCLEX in 75 or 265. However the less you answer in does mean something. Your employer could care less, but it is a nice self pat on the back IMO.
I would give this advice to people going to take it. The test can be long as hell if you want it to be. In the beginning take your time, you have plenty of it. Questions I knew that I knew the answer to I re-read several times before committing to it. Because I did that, on a couple of questions I caught myself from making a mistake. If you have to take the whole 265 adjust how you spend your time as your time is getting short.