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NCLEX RN Exam! HELP! (May 2017)

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Hello Everybody!

I'm testing NCLEX RN Exam at the end of May. I'm focusing on UWORLD as the rationales are really on point! I also have Saunders, LaCharity and other resources but I prefer Uworld and I use it most times. My problem is, I'm only scoring about 51.2% in the Uworld Qbank (did not answer yet the incorrect ones) with 1,300 more questions left. I have 26 days to go to finish the entire Qbank. I'm also working at the same time as a CNA and reduced my hours to part-time now. Did any of you pass with an average or below average score in Uworld? How was it?

I'm just so nervous with my scores. I feel like I still have a lot to learn. I would really appreciate your comments esp those who took the exam already and only used Uworld as their resources.

Thank you! God bless.

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 32 years experience.

moved to the NCLEX forum

I'm taking my NCLEX in the beginning of May. I have only been using Uworld per classmates advice and reading forums about how successful Uworld has been for people passing the NCLEX with 75 questions. From what other people have said, percentages are not something to get hung up about. The most important thing is reading the rationales and understanding why you got questions wrong.

I am also worried though; My Uworld average is 58% being in the 75th percentile (I was scoring in the 40% range my first two tests, but am now consistently in the 60% range). I took the first Uworld assessment and got 65% placing me in the 78th percentile and a "Very High" chance of passing.

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Edited by Issah2016

I'm taking my NCLEX in the beginning of May. I have only been using Uworld per classmates advice and reading forums about how successful Uworld has been for people passing the NCLEX with 75 questions. From what other people have said, percentages are not something to get hung up about. The most important thing is reading the rationales and understanding why you got questions wrong.

I am also worried though; My Uworld average is 58% being in the 75th percentile (I was scoring in the 40% range my first two tests, but am now consistently in the 60% range). I took the first Uworld assessment and got 65% placing me in the 78th percentile and a "Very High" chance of passing.

That's what my friend said too. He got 50%+ average and he only used Uworld and pass the test. However, he made notes of all the rationales. Did you finish the 1,900+ questions? I bet you'll make it with that percentage! Did you also write down the rationales and redo the incorrect ones? Sorry have lots of questions. Hope i'll make it too. When in May are you taking the test? That's next week already. Good luck to you!

I'm taking it pretty much next week!! I am not telling anyone my exact test date; I have some anxiety surrounding this test and have heard of people using this method to relieve testing anxiety. I literally just finished all of the 1900+ questions; reviewing my last test rationales now (Got 60% with the avg. being 49%; I'm not sure if scoring above the average is really a good indicator). I am planning on doing the second assessment sometime today; I'm just worried because I test so soon and don't want to score poorly and make myself worry since I am testing next week.

Don't worry about all the questions!!! I'm sure everyone who has not taken their NCLEX yet is in the same boat. I did not take notes on the rationales (I did in the beginning and it ate too much time); my classmates have told me it is a waste of time to try and remember EVERYTHING. The stress is on understanding.

Do you remember how many questions your friend got?

I'm taking it pretty much next week!! I am not telling anyone my exact test date; I have some anxiety surrounding this test and have heard of people using this method to relieve testing anxiety. I literally just finished all of the 1900+ questions; reviewing my last test rationales now (Got 60% with the avg. being 49%; I'm not sure if scoring above the average is really a good indicator). I am planning on doing the second assessment sometime today; I'm just worried because I test so soon and don't want to score poorly and make myself worry since I am testing next week.

Don't worry about all the questions!!! I'm sure everyone who has not taken their NCLEX yet is in the same boat. I did not take notes on the rationales (I did in the beginning and it ate too much time); my classmates have told me it is a waste of time to try and remember EVERYTHING. The stress is on understanding.

I didn't take notes too. Seems a lot . But thanks, it's a relief! I feel like I might be doing it wrong sometimes. lol Good for you, you finish the 1900+ questions already. I think you'll really make it!!!! I'll take mine on my scheduled date too whatever happens. Even if I don't finish the Qbank.

Sending prayers for you. Good luck to both of us! Let me know how it went.

Much appreciated!!! I need all the help I can get.

Good Luck!! Sending Positive Vibes :D

You're lucky im 20 days away and its like i havent absorb everything yet and WE BOTH ARE ON THE SAME BOAT!! SAME SOURCES, SAME QUESTIONS LEFT!! hahahahha Im also working :( but im taking off 2 weeks before exam.

how long have you been studying?

I'm confused as to how Uworld's self assessments work. I just took the second assessment and got 59% correct placing me in the 60th percentile and it gave me a very high chance of passing. I feel 59% is horrible. (probably should not have taken the second assessment after spending the whole day doing questions, but no excuses).

I also have a bad habit of changing my right answers to the wrong ones; still working on not doing that.

Do not fret! I only used Uworld study and passed. My scores were typically between 55-65%, although I had scores between 50-55% at times. You should be able to see the average score of other students after answering the same questions, no matter how many. If you are scoring at or above that percentage, then you are doing okay. I did roughly 900-1000 questions in a two week period and paid very close attention to the rationales.

What I noticed with Uworld is that all questions are different - most are not similar. I wouldn't worry if you are studying, studying, studying the rationales and then find it isn't necessarily helping you on other questions, because new information is showing with each question. If the topic IS similar, then think back to the rationales you studied.

The goal is to assume those questions are in the NCLEX. The similarity between NCLEX and UWorld still amazes me as I look back on the test. I wouldn't worry too much. Study the rationales, but know you're not going to see "drastic" improvement in your scores, rather they should go up by 5%, 10% at best. 55-65% is good, so aim there!

Also, I was scoring 55-60% on the practice exams and it said I was likely to pass.

I was using LaCharity and got up to chapter 19, but I knew I needed to be challenged more, so I took everyone's advice on here and purchased UWorld. I started my UWorld subscription on March 15th and tested for NCLEX-RN on April 25th; I used UWorld exclusively from the time I subscribed up until my exam. I found out on April 28th that I passed after 190 questions!

I had about 533 questions left in my QBANK prior to taking my exam; my overall score (not including the tests that I created using incorrect questions) was 53%. My scores on exams ranged between high 40's to high 60's (mainly scoring in the mid-50's). I also had one outlier where I scored 34%; that's what I get for trying to study at 3am in bed dozing off every other question (don't do that. haha.) I took only 1 of the RN Self-Assessments and scored 64%, placed in the 74th percentile, with a very high chance of passing.

If it helps you any, here was how I studied:

Mon-Fri

-Work: 8:30am-5pm

-Straight to Starbucks and studied from 5:30-10/11pm (still had to commute 45 min home)

-Took test of 75 questions *(how I remediated down below)

Sat-Sun

-Days off: did 2 tests of 75 unused questions each and 1 test of incorrect questions

Week of April 10-14th (work gave me 1 week off)

-I started my day at 9am with breakfast and watching some Netflix (it was such a luxury not having to wake up at 6am to get ready for and commute to work). I started my studying at 10am, with the same schedule as Sat-Sun with breaks every 2 hours for 15-30 min.

*I would read through ALL rationales; I went over incorrect rationales first and then the correct ones.

-Incorrect questions: I divided a notebook into systems (cardiac, peds, renal, maternity, etc.) where I would write rationales and/or draw diagrams/pictures/charts. If I wrote something similar down in the same section, it was an indicator that I needed to study that concept a little further.

-Correct questions: If it was questions I already felt comfortable with (ie, delegating tasks to UAP/LVN/new grad, which pt to give a nurse that floated to another unit, placing skills in order, etc.), I would type notes, using the notes section in UWorld to solidify my knowledge regarding the question. If my reasoning for getting the question right differed from UWorld's explanation, I would write it in my notebook.

Key things to note:

-When you take your NCLEX, you'll feel like you're taking a UWorld test.

-Questions on NCLEX are actually a bit easier to rationalize through than UWorld (you may even see some questions that are SIMILAR to questions you had on UWorld or you'll automatically know the answer to bc of UWorld's rationales.)

-Don't panic if you go beyond 75 questions; you're in it to win it so answer each question like they're #75. (I took a little breather when the break pop-ups came. I didn't leave the room; I sat at the computer, closed my eyes, took a deep breath, and said 'you got this' and kept going.)

Like many people say, don't get hung up on your scores. What matters is your understanding of why you got questions right and wrong, and your ability to rationalize questions while thinking critically. From now until the end of May (with already having started studying), that is plenty time to study and be ready for your boards as long as you stick to a dedicated study schedule.

Claim your victory and don't doubt your ability to pass this exam. I have a feeling you're gonna do great. :) Best of luck to you!

Edited by 0oliejay
OP reduced work hours, but did not state was given 2 weeks off from work.

Good luck and stay positive. Practice as many questions, read rationales.

Semper_Gumby

Has 2 years experience.

I never did UWorld as I'd never heard of it when I graduated three years ago, but my school (which maintained a 98%-plus pass rate for years) recommended the Saunders review book and enclosed CD-ROM and the Prioritization, Delegation and Assignment book. In addition, they recommended practicing 100 questions per day. They said that people from my program who did this had passed so that's what I did--100 questions almost every day, and spending time reviewing the rationales of not only the questions I got wrong, but the ones I got right, so that I could understand why they were right. Did this for about six weeks between graduating and NCLEX (and had to make myself schedule it because I knew I would keep putting it off and then start to forget things). I did spend a little time reviewing content areas I felt weak on (things I missed a lot when doing practice questions), but did not spend a ton of time on it because I knew my brain would hit information overload, and because there is no way it's possible to know every tiny thing you might be asked about.

When it came time to take the test, I did a few questions the day before but mostly chilled and relaxed, got a good night's sleep, ate a good breakfast, and went in hoping for the best. I had a number of medications I'd never heard of and good number of alternate format questions, but when I finished I felt good about it (and knew that was either really good or really bad lol).

To the poster who said they often change their original answer--don't! I used to be really bad about it but most of the time your gut instinct on those questions is right--that's what my instructors used to say and I came to realize it was true.

Best of luck to you!

I just took my NClex on 28th of April.

I just use UWorld and priority and delegation by la charity. I was doing fine on the exams averaging 60-70% on uworld. I really thought I was prepared for the exam. but when I sat on the exam, as I compare, Uworld questions was in deed difficult. but on the exam Nclex question was a lot different. Question was just asked on a basic concept but the choices given can be a lot more difficult which will make yoy think if the statement given was correct. I got a lot of SATA and some evidence base practice that was not even introduced on uworld...

anyway best of luck!

My school isn't allowing us to schedule boards until after May 1st even if we qualify to test early. Is it bad that I'm kind of scared to schedule an exam date? I really am scared and now feel like I just forgot everything I learned in nursing school. :(

Uworld questions are very hard, I faithfully completed all of them and by the time I was done still was getting as low as 40% but the final when you want to exit to see how ready you are, I scored 69 and gave me a green light to go do my nclex that I was above the average. I passed my nclex and believe uworld and rn comprehensive saunders helped me to pass. keep fighting those 40s are okay.