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NCLEX 2017 - Low Kaplan Scores

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by buckeyenurse9 buckeyenurse9 (New) New

As with a lot of recent graduates/soon to be graduates, I found myself coming to this site looking for words or wisdom/positive thoughts and confirmation that I was studying well for my NCLEX. I told myself once I took my NCLEX, I would post my KAPLAN scores and NCLEX experience on here.

First, I want to tell you that if you take KAPLAN it is okay if you don't consistently reach the 60-65% benchmark that they want you to be at. The key for NCLEX preparation is question after question after question. Get yourself used to answering questions and critically thinking through the answer choices. There is no way that you will ever know everything possible, but if you have weak spots, review on those to ensure your confidence in those areas.

Second, practice the questions like you're going to be taking the NCLEX. No phone, no water bottle or snacks around, no chapstick, no distractions. It really helps once you get into the Pearson Vue testing center to take your test because you've been used to that.

My KAPLAN scores were far from great, but I know that doing 3000+ questions helped me think through the questions on the NCLEX. Personally, I thought the KAPLAN questions were harder than the questions I had on my NCLEX.

My KAPLAN scores are below:

Diagnostic: 61

NCLEX Practice: 68

QTrainer 1: 56

QTrainer 2: 51

QTrainer 3: 51

QTrainer 4: 53

QTrainer 5: 51

QTrainer 6: 59

QTrainer 7: 53

Readiness: 72

QBank Average: 53

Sample Test 1: 60

Sample Test 2: 50

Sample Test 3: 80

Sample Test 4: 60

I took my test on February 2nd at 8 AM. I had 75 questions, about 30 SATAs. No meds, no pictures, no hot spots, no ordering, only multiple choice and SATAs. I found myself panicking after the exam like most do, so make sure to take time and do something to take your mind off of it.

I tried the PVT trick about 30 minutes after my exam, again around 4 hours after and again about 12 hours after. I got the "good pop up" every time. I also received an email EXACTLY 24 hours later that I had passed and was issued an RN license.

I wrote this post in hopes that it will help someone as posts on this website helped me.

Goodluck studying for your NCLEX, and remember you made it through nursing school this is just one more time to prove how fantastic of a nurse you will be! :)

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

Moved to the NCLEX forum.

Congratulations on your success, you are now a Registered Nurse!!!!! I am also using Kaplan but I'm having a little trouble understanding how to use the tree, email me yvonneh875@gmail.com

Congratulations on your success, you are now a Registered Nurse!!!!! I am also using Kaplan but I'm having a little trouble understanding how to use the tree, email me yvonneh875@gmail.com

Did you watch the videos in Kaplan? They explain the decision tree process. Good luck