Passed with 75 Questions using Kaplan - page 2

Hi Everyone, I wanted to share my experience as those that were gracious to share their experiences gave me a little relief while studying for the NCLEX-RN. So, I pretty much used only Kaplan and... Read More

  1. by   JustBeachyNurse
    Quote from havehope
    JustBeachyNurse- Sorry, I did not explain the 265th question thing well. According to Kaplan's NCLEX-RN Content Review Guide (I would copy it so you could see, but I can't, maybe copyright reasons?), it say's "If the last question is below the level of difficulty needed to pass, the candidate fails. If the last question is above the level of difficulty needed to pass, the candidate passes." Kaplan goes on the explain that if you took a test longer than 75 questions and failed, you were probably familiar with the content, but you may have had difficulty using critical thinking skills or taking standardized tests. Browneyes0, I would focus on this. The Board of Nursing sends a Candidate Performance Report, I would use this to guide you too.
    Right but unless you are an expert in educational pedagogy & Blooms Taxonomy you have no way of knowing the cognitive level of a question. All question types have higher/above and lower/below levels whether SATA, delegation , calculation multiple choice So while your statement is true from a technical standpoint it's near impossible for a standard nclex candidate to determine the cognitive level off a question.


    Anyone who fails gets a candidate performance report. Use that to create a targeted plan to focus on weak areas.
  2. by   havehope
    Quote from JustBeachyNurse
    Right but unless you are an expert in educational pedagogy & Blooms Taxonomy you have no way of knowing the cognitive level of a question. All question types have higher/above and lower/below levels whether SATA, delegation , calculation multiple choice So while your statement is true from a technical standpoint it's near impossible for a standard nclex candidate to determine the cognitive level off a question.


    Anyone who fails gets a candidate performance report. Use that to create a targeted plan to focus on weak areas.
    I wanted to restate what you've stated because so many students (including myself until I researched it), just because you are getting SATA questions does NOT mean they are passing. So many students say if you get SATA, priority, delegation, you are passing. This is not true. As JustBeachyNurse said, it's pretty much impossible to tell if it is a passing or failing question.
  3. by   squashedbanana
    Hello!
    I have been taking Kaplan and also have lower scores. I take the test next week and am very nervous, I do not want to fail. I see that you posted this the very next day after testing, how did you figure out you passed? I read that the PV trick no longer works. Please let me know!
  4. by   BlueHearts53
    Quote from havehope
    Hi Everyone,

    I wanted to share my experience as those that were gracious to share their experiences gave me a little relief while studying for the NCLEX-RN. So, I pretty much used only Kaplan and attended the four day live review. I was worried to death about my Kaplan scores, until I came on here and read about them (they were a couple years old, so I thought i'd update with my experience).

    Here are my scores with Kaplan:
    QT 1: 50.7
    QT 2: 44.0
    QT 3: 42.0
    QT 4: 51.3
    QT 5: 62.0
    QT 6: 54.0
    QT 7: 54.7 (This one is 265 questions. Kaplan recommends that you complete this in one setting. I did not, because I knew I would just be clicking to be done with it. So, I believe I did 150 in one setting and then the rest later.)
    Readiness: 60.1 I believe

    My QBank Scores varied from 50s to 64 (highest I got). So yes, aim for the 60-65 as Kaplan says. However, do not beat yourself up if you do not get to this. NCLEX is 50%. So, if you get under 50 you need to study that material and/or see where you went wrong. I also reviewed every single question I took, even if I got it right.

    Took boards yesterday, January 26th and passed with 75 Questions. Again, the purpose of me posting this is to help relieve some anxiety some are having with getting low scores on Kaplan.

    P.S. I also did ALOT of praying. I'm pretty sure He got tired of hearing from me. Hehe
    I keep getting 48%. I just took my 9th QT and I did reach above 50% twice only. I keep reviewing the questions and watching the videos on the topics that seem to be coming up a lot. I take in-depth notes and I study them. I don't know what else to do because the questions seem to be different every time and there seems to always be a small trick for most of these questions. Any suggestions? I take the exam in two weeks

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