Tested today 7/26 - not happy

  1. I know most people come out of the nclex thinking that they failed or didn't do well........but I am sure of it. I was so clueless, the whole way through the test I kept thinking every 4 or 5 questions that I can't believe how unprepared I am. I guessed at everything. I had 6 or 7 select all that apply, alot of teaching and prioritizing questions!! I had 5 or 6 med questions, meds that were really random and obscure that I was not familiar with and there were even 3-4 questions that asked about things I have never heard of!! I think it was a nightmare!! When it shut off at 75 questions my heart just stopped cause I know I could not have proven my competence with those 75 questions!! I studied so hard too and answered tons of questions!! I am glad that my husband went with me (he waited at a restaurant/food court nearby) because I cried the whole way home. I am not trying to worry or scare anyone, but I am just so dissapointed in myself and the whole test experience. I needed to vent to some people who actually know what the nclex is like cause it is hard to explain to my family about the CAT and the whole process. It's hard to talk to them about it at all cause I get upset. And now the wait, to hear the official results.....this is hell.
    Sorry so misserable of a post, Jennifer
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  3. by   RegisteredNurse06
    Quote from opal6779
    I know most people come out of the nclex thinking that they failed or didn't do well........but I am sure of it. I was so clueless, the whole way through the test I kept thinking every 4 or 5 questions that I can't believe how unprepared I am. I guessed at everything. I had 6 or 7 select all that apply, alot of teaching and prioritizing questions!! I had 5 or 6 med questions, meds that were really random and obscure that I was not familiar with and there were even 3-4 questions that asked about things I have never heard of!! I think it was a nightmare!! When it shut off at 75 questions my heart just stopped cause I know I could not have proven my competence with those 75 questions!! I studied so hard too and answered tons of questions!! I am glad that my husband went with me (he waited at a restaurant/food court nearby) because I cried the whole way home. I am not trying to worry or scare anyone, but I am just so dissapointed in myself and the whole test experience. I needed to vent to some people who actually know what the nclex is like cause it is hard to explain to my family about the CAT and the whole process. It's hard to talk to them about it at all cause I get upset. And now the wait, to hear the official results.....this is hell.
    Sorry so misserable of a post, Jennifer
    I am sorry you you feel so horrible. I can honestly say that I know EXACTLY what you're feeling. I tested yesterday and when the computer shut off at 75 I wanted to beg the crazy thing to give me just one more chance to prove my competence. I have been a mess ever since. I'm still waiting on my results. Oh and I understand about the family thing too.....They just don't understand. My dad and dh both assumed that since I was home so early, I must have failed. My poor mom didn't know what to say yesterday. Today, she's convinced that I passed and that I will be pleasantly surprised tomorrow when I get my results. I sure hope she's right! Anyway, good luck to you!
  4. by   Imafloat
    That is how everyone felt that I have talked to. The select all and prioritizing are upper level questions, I think that means you are doing well.
  5. by   Cerebrum
    If your post was an NCLEX question, I would be thinking "What are they asking in this question?". Answer: Before the NCLEX you read what other people said they felt, you are now actually FEELING how they felt... I know this doesn't make it any easier... I felt just like you did but add to it feeling like driving into oncoming traffic on the 3 hour drive back... ... you're feelings are shared with thousands of us and we emphasize... I hope the very best for you...
  6. by   labrn
    I felt the same way when I tested. I was so sure I failed when the computer stopped at 75 questions that I went to the bookstore next door and bought another NCLEX book to study. Ten days later I received my congrats and found out I passed!!! What I didn't know was there that I was given a "short" test not the one that takes hours to finish. You never know.....
  7. by   elfchen1
    hy opal,

    i was also tested today, and believe me, I have still the same feeling!!! but I had 185 questions..... first I thought, o.k. i'm in the game and i didn't fail. but then, when the monitor was turning into gray, my heart wwas jumping over the roof...........
    I had only one calculate questions and all the others where priority questions......

    I failed on the first test, so I'm really nervous right now, for the result......

    let us wait together!!!

    at the moment we don't know the right answer..... so we can still hope for the best....

    elfchen
  8. by   ashemson
    I also tested today and feel EXACTLY the way you do. When my first question popped up on the screen, I started crying because I didn't know it. I had probably 10 select all that apply questions, which I hate, because they are so easy to miss. I had about five questions on the same disease, and I could not remember what the disease was, so I am pretty sure I missed those. It shut off at 85 I just wanted to cry again. Good luck to you, I hope we both pass!!!
  9. by   Cerebrum
    Quote from ashemson
    I also tested today and feel EXACTLY the way you do. When my first question popped up on the screen, I started crying because I didn't know it. I had probably 10 select all that apply questions, which I hate, because they are so easy to miss. I had about five questions on the same disease, and I could not remember what the disease was, so I am pretty sure I missed those. It shut off at 85 I just wanted to cry again. Good luck to you, I hope we both pass!!!
    There is still hope in the sense that perhaps the 10 "Select All That Apply" were test questions that are part of the auditing process. I believe but I could be wrong, that 10 questions out of every exam are not counted because they are being evaluated for fairness. In my opinion 10 "Select All That Apply" is unusually cruel... We also as human beings dwell on the ones we know we got wrong...

    I hope this helps....:spin:
    Last edit by Cerebrum on Jul 26, '06
  10. by   NurseLene
    Quote from opal6779
    I know most people come out of the nclex thinking that they failed or didn't do well........but I am sure of it. I was so clueless, the whole way through the test I kept thinking every 4 or 5 questions that I can't believe how unprepared I am. I guessed at everything. I had 6 or 7 select all that apply, alot of teaching and prioritizing questions!! I had 5 or 6 med questions, meds that were really random and obscure that I was not familiar with and there were even 3-4 questions that asked about things I have never heard of!! I think it was a nightmare!! When it shut off at 75 questions my heart just stopped cause I know I could not have proven my competence with those 75 questions!! I studied so hard too and answered tons of questions!! I am glad that my husband went with me (he waited at a restaurant/food court nearby) because I cried the whole way home. I am not trying to worry or scare anyone, but I am just so dissapointed in myself and the whole test experience. I needed to vent to some people who actually know what the nclex is like cause it is hard to explain to my family about the CAT and the whole process. It's hard to talk to them about it at all cause I get upset. And now the wait, to hear the official results.....this is hell.
    Sorry so misserable of a post, Jennifer
    i'm sure you did great! i test in 3 hours and i am scared!!!!! i hope i get more than 75!!
  11. by   willdgate
    good luck everybody, I was in the same position like 3 1/2 weeks ago, and I passed with 75 questions
  12. by   schlecky180611
    I tested today too and I came online to see how everyone else felt. Reading your email was like you took the words right out of my mouth. I too got 75 questions, felt like I didnt know a single thing. All that studying and practice questions... yet a majority of the stuff on that test I had never heard of before! I felt like i couldnt even narrow it down to 2. Oh and the drugs ...that I had no clue, I couldnt even try to figure them out. I am sure that I failed, just waiting for the results... Well good luck to you.
  13. by   lisamc1RN
    I could have written your post a few days ago. In fact, I DID write your post a few days ago! LOL! And I PASSED! I can't wait to hear your good news, opal!
  14. by   landnurse
    Hey, just wanted to let you know that I felt the same way on Monday after I took mine. I threw up the rest of the day, cried my eyes out, and even took some aspirin because I was sure I would not wake up the next morning from an MI or stroke. I have never felt so down or bad about anything in my life. I called in sick to work on Tuesday. On Tuesday, felt a little better and said "OK I can't change my answers now, whatever happens, happens I am ready for anything." I did not answer one question knowing the "right" answer. I was begging the computer not to shut off at 75 but it did. I wanted to prove my competence. Well, my 6 yr. old daughter said "Mom, no matter what happens we love you and you can always just take it again because you are smart." So, I said my prayers long and hard Tuesday night and found out today that I indeed had PASSED!!!!!!! So, keep your head up and know that you are not alone at all with those thoughts. Good luck to you.

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