Priority questions' level of difficulty is the passing mark!? - page 4

Everyone who took NCLEX, passed or not, has in some point of their exams encountered many priority questions. I am thinking that priority questions' level of difficulty is the passing mark. If... Read More

  1. by   sunny2006
    Quote from FutureUSRN
    and another, David defeated Goliath not by mere chance, but by knowing his craft and at the same time, knowing his enemy. David had the skill and he knew where to attack his enemy, that why he's able to kill the giant.

    A lot of "A" students failed NCLEX. They have the knowledge and skills but they do not know the enemy.
    I agree with the above poster. I got all A-B's, and I knew my content walking into my first nclex. What failed me (and what the enemy is, in my opinion) is the level of critical thinking. This test is nothing like nursing school tests, in my opinion, which is all based on content. Don't go in thinking if you know the content, you will be ok.
    With the nclex, you have to break down piece by piece (and sometimes 5 or 6 pieces!) of information they give you in the question to get to the answer.

    Another poster on here wrote regarding priority questions, that they come in different kinds of difficulty levels. I also saw that on my nclex a few months ago some priority ?'s that were on the easier level (these are just examples, guys)... like would you see first?--a pt who couldn't breath vs the other pt's w/ stabalized fractures)....or harder priority questions (just an exapmle again!)--like which pt would you discharge first (all pt's were on their death beds in critical care with very similar problems)
    Now those are the ones that threw me off!

    So yes, like the other poster said, there are definately different levels of priority and triage questions.
  2. by   lcbradley
    Don't spend too much time trying to figure the test out. Now if that's going to be your total focus, then that's one thing. But, if your main goal is to become that LPN or RN, then focus more on taking the content you learned from nursing school and critically thinking. What I have figured out is the more questions I do, the more I begin to see how the test is actually designed. You can actually have no idea what a medication is and have a high chance of getting it correctly based on what the answer choices are (process of elimination, whether it's asking for a s/s or an adverse effect). My nursing school also works to prepare us for NCLEX by giving us NCLEX-type exams for tests. The exams are taken on the computer and there is no going back and forth. I did not understand this at first because I was so good with "content" tests. Now I fully understand the importance as my critical thinking skills have improved tremendously.
  3. by   FutureUSRN
    I must agree with you! Critical thinking is needed to answer priority questions correctly!