Passed NCLEX on 2nd try!!! What I did differently...

  1. I took the NCLEX-RN for the 2nd time on May 4. And today, May 6 I saw my name on the CA BON website!!! FINALLY PASSED!!!!!!!!!!

    What I did differently:
    The first time I took it, I studied for 2 months for 5 - 6hrs a day, I didn't work, didn't party, I don't have kids...I Just STUDIED. I took Kaplan, attended all the classes, did all the Question Trainers and finished the entire QBank and read the rationales for the questions I got wrong and also the ones I got correct. I also read Saunders 4th edition. Anyway, I failed at 265 questions. I did not get any math questions, no sata, no fill ins, no hot spots, no drag and drop questions. I mainly got priority questions and medications.

    The second time around, I did something different and risky. I decided not to study as hard because I think I studied so hard the first time that my brain went into information overload. So the second time around I only studied for 3 weeks for about 1 - 2hrs a day. I only did about 40 learning ext. questions a day as opposed to the 100-200 Kaplan questions I did per day the first time around. And that's all I did...NCSBN Learning Extension questions for an hour or two per day for 3 weeks. I did not read any review material but I did look over lab values a few times. I knew it was a HUGE risk to not study so much, but I was simply sick of studying. Anyway, I stopped studying 3 days before taking the NCLEX again and I went into the exam telling myself that I WILL PASS with 75 questions. I told myself "I am going to make 75 critical decisions on 75 patients and that's it. Common sense and good judgment call." I took the test, I got about 6-7 SATA, 2 drag and drop, no math calculations, no fill ins, a few delegations, a few infection control and the rest were priority questions and medications. After almost 2hrs of taking the test, it stopped at 75...and when it did, I KNEW I PASSED. And today, I found out that I did!!!!!!!!!



    So that's my story...All I have to say is just believe in yourself!
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  3. by   lovebabies
    congratulations. good job. go out and celebrate. you deserve it. i test in two weeks and i hope i'm not studying too much. i do 4-6 hours a day and work part time as an LVN. ANY WAY I HOPE TO CELEBRATE SOON.
  4. by   lovebabies
    CONGRATULATIONS. GO OUT AND CELEBRATE. YOU DESERV IT. I TEST IN TWO WEEKS. I HOPE I'M NOT OVER STUDYING. I WORK PART TIME AS AN LVN AND I STUDY 4-6 HOURS A DAY SIX TIMES A WEEK. I WILL TRY TO TAKE IT EASY NOW.
  5. by   Silverdragon102
    Congratulations
  6. by   kind-hearted08
    Congratulations!!!!!!
  7. by   untamable07
    ok.. am I the only odd ball that doesn't know what SATA questions are?
  8. by   caliotter3
  9. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from DWILKINS22
    ok.. am I the only odd ball that doesn't know what SATA questions are?
    Has been asked many times on here.

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  10. by   lilang
    Congrats on passing the second time!!!
  11. by   TheNewCuteNurse
    CONGRATS!!! I TOOK MINE ON THE 4TH AND FOUND OUT I PASSED TODAY ..... THE SECOND TIME, YEP IM A LPN NOW.
    C O N G R A T S

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