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NCLEX-RN 2019 Experience - PASSED in 75Q

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After spending hours reading countless posts about the NCLEX-RN, I promised myself I would make a post of my own to hopefully help out future students preparing for NCLEX! I passed yesterday in 75 questions!! Sorry in advance for the long post. 

 

First, I used UWORLD, Hurst, Saunders, and LeCharity for studying. I HIGHLY recommend UWorld!!!! I think that every nursing student should use it, the rationales are so detailed, the questions are challenging and really helped me tackle SATA and priority questions. I don’t think I would have passed without uworld and I would highly recommend getting a package with the 2 self assessments. Also, the NCLEX was identical to UWorld. Exact same layout, colours, and fonts, which made me feel so much better during my exam. 

 

Hurst was excellent for content review, I personally was weak in my content and Hurst really simplified it. However, I didn’t find the Hurst questions THAT great and the rationales weren’t nearly as thorough as uworld. I found the questions quite hard for the most part, which was good in a sense, but I scored MUCH lower on all my tests and self assessments compared to my uworld scores. I scored below the “necessary score” on all 4 of my hurst self assessments and still passed NCLEX in 75 questions. This had me feeling extremely discouraged, so I stopped using hurst for questions and solely used uworld. BUT I truly don’t think I would have really understood my core content without Hurst!!! Hurst gave me a lot of trucks that really helped me while writing NCLEX. 

 

As for Saunders, I used it in the beginning and stopped because I found the questions far too easy. It was a great resource to refer to when I needed a deeper understanding of a weak area, but the content was kind of dry. LeCharity was great for priority questions, but I wouldn’t use it as a main study resource. 

 

My biggest piece of advice: stick to one or two resources. I found myself to be getting really overwhelmed using even 3 and found some of the content was conflicting. Do yourself a favour and find one MAIN resource (uworld!!!) and a secondary one for extra content. 

 

As for the NCLEX itself... I felt absolutely horrible after my exam. I felt defeated and hopeless. I felt like I totally bombed it and cried my entire drive home. I had a lot of SATA, priority/who would you see first, and health teaching. REMEMBER; the NCLEX isn’t supposed to be easy. You’re not supposed to walk out feeling confident. BREATHE and have faith in yourself. Don’t beat yourself up if you feel like you failed - it happens to most of us and is totally normal! I did the Pearson Vue trick and got the good pop up, but keep in mind this isn’t 100% accurate. I found out my results less than 24 hours later!! GOOD LUCK TO ALL☺️

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I would also like to add HOW I used Uworld. 

At first, I did it subject by subject. I would do approximately 25 questions in each area, write down the pertinent rationales in a notebook, and then do another 25 until I had used them all. I found this very effective and when I would go back to read all my notes, it was nice to have them grouped together. HOWEVER, it was quite time consuming and as my test date approached, I decided to stop doing that. I managed to make it through most of peds, endocrine, cardiac, GI, renal, oncology/hematology, and fundamentals. 

Once I was about 2 weeks from my test date, I just did random tests of 50 to 75 questions and wrote down the rationales I found to be important. If you can do it, I recommend hand writing the rationales. I found the content stuck better that way.  And it was nice to get a variety of topics on these tests just as the NCLEX was!

I did my first self assessment 2 weeks before and scored a “high” chance of passing. It was at this point that I decided to do random questions instead of system by system. I took my second self assessment 5 days before and I moved up to a “very high” chance and scored in the 86th percentile. I hope this helps!!!  

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TAKOO01 has 3 years experience as a BSN.

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Congratulations on passing!

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Congratulations!! Also, thanks for the info! I will definitely be using uworld to study when I graduate. I have heard great things about it.

 

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I also used UWorld and Hurst. I highly recommend UWorld. I got through all 2144 questions and I also completed two assessments. UWorld was the best study tool for me as I really appreciated the detailed rationales and the complexity of some of the questions. It definitely help facilitate critical thinking.

Took my exam June 11th and found out I passed 2 days later.  My test also shut of at 75 questions.

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I just found out I passed my NCLEX as well. YAY! My test closed at 75 questions and I thought to myself "NO WAY". I only used UWORLD to study and did so for about a month. My overall performance started at about 45% average correct and in the 60th percentile, and went up to 63% average and 92nd percentile. It seriously is a great tool!

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Thank You For Sharing! And Congratulations to You all who passed! 

I am working on my ATI since my school requires it before we can TEST. 

I hate ATI I feel like I don’t know nothing but UWorld makes it seems so easy! 

I needed to read that about UWorld! Can wait to take the NCLEX! 

I am really nervous about it:(

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I took mine yesterday- shut off in 75 with lots of SATA. I am pretty confident that I passed. I also used UWorld, I got through about half of the questions. Did the two tests that both said high likely chance of passing. My school paid for Kaplan, I used the test at the end that said I had a 97.4% chance of passing. 

I have to say that I studied casually and didn’t push. I feel like if you had a good, challenging program then you either know it or you don’t. Hopefully I’ll get my results later today!

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