Published Nov 17, 2014
Anybody here who took the Pearsons Vue NMC exam? How was it? TY!
No one that we know of here on AN.com has taken it yet (although some have planned it for next month). Please tell us how your experience goes if you can! And good luck!!
Actually I've taken it. I failed, even though I studied. Basically it's a joke. I sent a lengthy email about the problems I had and lack of resources but am yet to receive a reply. I already have my decision letter, am a fourth year Australian nurse and still failed, it's basically because they have these 'essential' questions which are very ambiguous and if you get just one wrong, you fail the entire test. So for example, you could get 119/120 correct, but the last essential question wrong, and fail. Would be interested to see how others find it, maybe it's just me...
alfredpower, BSN, RN
so how were the questions were like? is it sceario based? situational? ugh. does it really revolve on those four domains?
thanks! i hope i really make it
gen88 said:Actually I've taken it. I failed, even though I studied. Basically it's a joke. I sent a lengthy email about the problems I had and lack of resources but am yet to receive a reply. I already have my decision letter, am a fourth year Australian nurse and still failed, it's basically because they have these 'essential' questions which are very ambiguous and if you get just one wrong, you fail the entire test. So for example, you could get 119/120 correct, but the last essential question wrong, and fail. Would be interested to see how others find it, maybe it's just me...
gen, what materials did you study by the waay? thankyou!
The only study materials provided are from the blueprints posted on the NMC website. It's a really long document- I think about 50 pages long. They post some random internet links too but mostly they are not helpful. You just have to study from those and the NMC code of conduct for RNs. Good luck.
thanks gen! will you take the exam again? i have printed all the materials actually.
Yes I will, but I will be speaking to NMC tomorrow about a few concerns I have, and also ask if they can provide me with current % pass rate to see if others found the same problems as me. when is your exam?
Its on december 3. They really need to improve their new processes. Alright, keep me posted gen! Thankyou
Hey everyone, like gen88 I sat the NMC online exam and failed. It was the most frustrating couple of hours ever! I'm pretty sure my overall grade would have been >80% but 2-3 of the essential questions were so poorly worded that I must have gotten one or two wrong. I feel like I knew everything that they referred to I just couldn't figure out what answer they wanted. There was an essential question related to a policy which I had read in preparation for the exam and not a single available answer was 100% correct and I have read that policy about 100 times since and still maintain that the available answers are all wrong. There was another question relating to a medical complication and 3 of the 4 options would all indicate a complication... I know we're meant to select the 'most correct' answer but there were two that were a dead set tie (and I have confirmed this by researching the complication after the exam) so even if i rest it I don't know what answer they want. In addition I was under the impression that the essential questions were on topics that were essential to safe lawful practice such as the laws of consent, drug calculations, detecting deterioration etc. but some essential questions were so specific to particular fields and if I hadn't been exposed to pretty much every specialty by working in ED and ICU for years I would have had no clue.
For those of you who are sitting it I would advise reading all of the NMC codes, competencies and published guidance. The topics that these are available in include medication management, consent, confidentiality ethics etc. I also read a short current text on UK health law and ethics and some case study books which were good to refresh anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology and treatment. If I had more time I would have started reading through the tonnes of info on the RCN site.
The one thing I have to give credit for is that they don't keep you hanging, I checked the Pearson Vue website about an hour after finishing the exam and my fail was already sitting there. So when you finish the test go home, poor a huge glass of wine and check your results (then finish the bottle in grief). Good luck everyone, I would love to hear if anyone passes it so keep us updated!
Gen88 Will you post their response for us all to see?
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