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NCLEX & The Trick

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Hi everyone, I’m an absolute ball of anxiety. I took my NCLEX-RN yesterday morning (02/08/2020) with the new COVID19 adjustments. I started at 8a and finished around 10:25a. I had all 130 questions. I received the confirmation email at 10:58a and I IMMEDIATELY (11a) tried the trick. I got the “bad pop-up” and I was able to register to take another NCLEX. I am beside myself, mentally physically and emotionally. I still haven’t received my quick results.

I have done about a total of 950 UWorld questions, the first assessment I scored 41% with the average score being 56% the test said “low” chance of passing the NCLEX. I took that about 3 weeks prior to receiving my PTT.

After receiving my PTT I scheduled for 5 days later. (Otherwise I would have to leave NY or wait until Sept 30th). I studied hard those few days and took the Kaplan Readiness test the two days before and scored 52% (which I believe was a 60-70% chance of passing the NCLEX).

They could come anytime in the next 24hours. I am a mess, according to all the forums regarding the trick it is very accurate. However, I’ve also read that going all the way to 130 questions during these covid adjustments... theres could be a gray area? I know there is no true way for you to tell me but any info would help get me through the next day... day in a half. What do you think!?

Edited by MNCD

Have you tried the PVT since that first time? I think if you try too early, you get a different message than the "bad pop up", but couldn't hurt to try again and see what pop up you get.

I have tried it and I consistently get the bad pop up.I should be finding out within the new few hours. Keep me in your mind please!

NICU Guy, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU. Has 6 years experience.

On 6/3/2020 at 11:59 AM, MNCD said:

according to all the forums regarding the trick it is very accurate.

:banghead::banghead: There is those words again.."trick is very accurate" :banghead::banghead:. The PVT is 0.00% accurate because it was never intended to be used to determine Pass/Fail and second, the trick was changed 6 years ago due to the fact that you now need to enter your credit card before you get a pop-up. Adding the payment system into the PVT makes the PVT useless. You have no idea if the bad-pop up is due to you failing the test, entering the wrong credit card information, or the test is still being reviewed.

The current PVT is as accurate as a coin toss, Heads you passed/ tails you failed.

H to the R dizzle

Has 4 years experience.

Good luck

Was exam hard for u or did u know content?

So I failed. The PVT was accurate. The test was like Kaplan, only more straight to the point. The content was cut and dry you knew it or you didn’t. Basically educated guesses until the end. Good luck to anyone who’s waiting on results or getting ready to pass. I will be pushing forward and passing my second time, happy I did this to get an idea of what I’m in store for next time!

H to the R dizzle

Has 4 years experience.

Sorry to hear that next time m sure u will do great! Did u study the UWorld rationales and was it content u didn’t know or what? I have been studying UWorld and mark klemith do u have any suggestions for me

I knew when scheduling it was a long shot since I only had 4 days to drill. I learned a lot using UWorld rationals as well as “simple nursing” on Youtube. That channel has a lot of “NCLEX tips” like words to look for... NCLEX “tricks”... I learned ALOT especially when reviewing meds (ACE inhibitors, Beta Blockers, ABX, Calcium Channel Blockers, Steroids,etc) I would absolutely suggest him if you struggle with Pharm. A lot of content was straight forward. I would suggest knowing side effects, treatments and interventions to your big topic areas (cardiac, respiratory, renal). ABC’s, Maslows, nursing process is a great way to answer all nursing questions. If you are able to utilize the decision tree... great! I personally felt the tree made things more challenging for me, after the Kaplan course everything seemed more difficult and I looked at each question as if I was trying to be tricked. NCLEX has no fluff in their questions. It it all need to know info. So if your answer doesn’t relate or apply to the question asked eliminate it. With that being said, I failed... I know 3 other people I graduated with who tested and passed and we all agree it is purely EDUCATED guesses all the way. We all felt lost, so don’t beat yourself up if you don’t know. GO WITH YOUR GUT. You will do great if you get a good nights sleep and take each question at a time. Dont allow anxiety to over run you liek I did. Good luck you GOT THIS, you are a future RN. Oh and KNOW YOUR LABS. (Including suction ranges)

H to the R dizzle

Has 4 years experience.

I know most and u mean like chest tune and suction like 100-120 adults 50-75 child and that stuff? Thanks for tips I hope I can Do well I’ve been studying and was stuff simple to UWorld similar

Yes as well as endotracheal. & I wouldn’t say simpler, just more straightforward questions. But the answers (unless it’s content based) are all great options, that’s where it gets tricky. You will do fine, do not over think it. I absolutely suggest shutting the time and number questions off, don’t pay any mind to that just focus on why you are in that room taking that exam. One question at a time.

H to the R dizzle

Has 4 years experience.

Okay thanks I hope I get this just nervous maybe that won’t work welll, anything else to focus on?

Practice answering NCLEX type questions. It’s a lot like Kaplan in difficulty level in my opinion. What are you scoring on UWorld?

H to the R dizzle

Has 4 years experience.

Like 56 percent and above after testifying and all that, restudying

I feel ready but I guess m second guessing myself IDK

It’s my personal opinion that UWorld is harder. The wording and information in the questions is just extensive compared to NCLEX. So if you are doing UWorld and feeling confident then go for it. You have to take a breath and do each question at a time when you get in there

Jess811

Has 2 years experience.

On 6/4/2020 at 11:11 PM, MNCD said:

Practice answering NCLEX type questions. It’s a lot like Kaplan in difficulty level in my opinion. What are you scoring on UWorld?

So sorry you didn’t pass. I didn’t pass when I took it back in October & the feeling of not passing really stinks, but YOU GOT THIS NEXT TIME! 💓👏🏻

I take my exam this week for the second time, in a couple days. You mentioned that you used Kaplan and that the questions were similar to NCLEX. What were you scoring on Qbanks? Did you take the CAT exams Kaplan offers?

I just found out that the minimum questions is 60 in the maximum is 130, because apparently I’ve been hiding under a rock LOL.
So up until yesterday I was doing 75 question quiz exams on Kaplan Qbank and I was scoring in the 50s and 60s. And now I’m doing 60 question Q Bank exams and scoring in the 60s. Do you think that is ideal with using Kaplan? I used U world the first time and I didn’t pass. But also didn’t study as much as I should have, so I can’t blame U world for that. 🤪

I also use simple nursing on Youtube, he is amazing! I’ve watched all of the pharmacology videos and DI and SIADH. Hyper and hypothyroidism, all of those. He really explains it and it makes answering questions so much easier.

Any advice is great. I’m just wondering if taking the NCLEX now poses a greater risk of failing again because there’s not much leeway to prove I can pass with only the 130 vs the 265. That’s what I keep thinking about!

H to the R dizzle

Has 4 years experience.

I got a pop up saying test on hold when should I check again if it’s on hold or if I passed m so Beto is

chances are that’s the good pop up. I do wish I never did it in the first place, it added to a lot of my anxiety. I believe you passed, if so congratulations! I hope I’m as lucky. I would check your unofficial results 48 hours after you test. I’m finding that after the 2 days, results are uploaded every half hour and hour mark. I truly hope you passed:)

H to the R dizzle

Has 4 years experience.

2 minutes ago, MNCD said:

chances are that’s the good pop up. I do wish I never did it in the first place, it added to a lot of my anxiety. I believe you passed, if so congratulations! I hope I’m as lucky. I would check your unofficial results 48 hours after you test. I’m finding that after the 2 days, results are uploaded every half hour and hour mark. I truly hope you passed:)

Thank you but it’s been past 5 hours and still says same thing and the thing that is stressing me out is I only had 5-6 sata that’s why isn’t that a bad thing