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!