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I'm not sure what to think. I'm about 39 days and 3 tests from graduating my RN/BSN program. I got a 90 on my first test and a 68 on the second one. My test average is now a 79, and a 78 or higher is required to pass. The thing that really scares me is that I have to keep my average above a 78 for the next three tests, but I feel like this is out of my control. For my last test I read every chapter did every assignment and studied for literally weeks and my grade was still failing miserably. I feel that there is nothing else I can do. I heard that the class average on this test was a 75. I don't feel like they care if we pass or fail. I can't even be happy about being almost done because If I fail this class I'll be kicked out of the program in the final hour with 30,000 of student loan debt. I had to repeat peds lasts year and that was the only repeat they allow. Just one. And they don't bend rules. I'm just freaked out. Any advice?

Use EVERY asset a available to you. Study with classmates, tutors, go to the instructor with the things you're having trouble with. You have to be the one that cares the most about the outcome.... "they" probably don't care because "they" see students in trouble every semester.

Believe me, I'm sympathetic to your anxiety , I was a single mom working part time and going to school with no plan B.... When I had trouble, I sought out the people in the class who earned good grades on tests and asked to study with them. Good luck.

Calm down first....what I told students when they say they studied for weeks and still did not get the result they were expecting is that especially for seniors.... You are beyond rot memory...now is where you have to apply that knowledge and critically thinking about the information at hand.....or they were getting jacked up in SATA type questions....I reminded them that patients you see in the real world come with more than just one thing wrong with them so attack those SATA type question in that mindset....I understand you being worried about you already had your one repeat however being worried will put you on a path that you don't want to travel......take one test at a time and be intentional about blocking out the negativeAnd just do the darn thing! You got this!

Is it common in all nursing programs for a class average to be a 75 when passing is a 78?

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OMGGGG.. my daughter just did that mess of a comment and I have no idea how to delete it.

But I don't start nursing school until this August and this is one of my worst fears. I'm also in a program where if you fail one class (failing is anything below 77) you may repeat but that's your one and only repeat. It's very discouraging. This is our lives so to speak. Have your scores always been around this same average? How many classes are you taking?

You have made it this far though, you got this.

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You made a 90 on the first test. Try and relax, stressing isn't going to do you any favors. Regroup and get back to studying.

You can do this!

Right now this is my only class. Its the last one though and it is exceptionally hard. I have gotten A's but mostly B's in all of my classes throughout the whole program. Normally I take about 4 classes at a time but I got ahead in the BSN part when I got a 77.4 and had to repeat that one class. So now I only have this one class and its 6 credits. I'm so scared. Trying to think positive, but it is so overwhelming.

Sending you good vibes. You will succeed. :)

Well I've got good news. They threw out a couple of questions amd I got a 72. It's still failing but atleast my test average is an 81 now which is passing. Just gotta get through 30 more days and 3 more tests!

After this post I was able to pull it together. I just studied constantly and read every little thing I could. I also re-listened to our class lectures over and over again. I am so happy to say that on my 3rd test I got a 96, on the fourth a 90, and the final test for my AS RN program is tomorrow. I need a 40% on it to pass the class. Hard work does pay off. Happy Tears!

What helps me to study better is to rewrite lecture notes, highlight in the readings, try to answer any questions at the end of the chapters.

Une Infirmiere, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU. Has 5 years experience.

After this post I was able to pull it together. I just studied constantly and read every little thing I could. I also re-listened to our class lectures over and over again. I am so happy to say that on my 3rd test I got a 96, on the fourth a 90, and the final test for my AS RN program is tomorrow. I need a 40% on it to pass the class. Hard work does pay off. Happy Tears!

Indeed Hard Work always pays off!!!!...I'm very happy for you!! 👍🏼

After this post I was able to pull it together. I just studied constantly and read every little thing I could. I also re-listened to our class lectures over and over again. I am so happy to say that on my 3rd test I got a 96, on the fourth a 90, and the final test for my AS RN program is tomorrow. I need a 40% on it to pass the class. Hard work does pay off. Happy Tears!

Congratulations, you got this!! That light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter!!:)

Congrats. I have been watching you tube after you tube of videos of people's experiences in nursing school and your not the first one that says that they studied and did not pass or received a lower score then what they thought they were going to get. If one study technique doesn't work then trying another might be your best option. Instructors design those tests to be hard for a reason, so that you can be a better nurse and be able to pass that NCLEX exam and to be able to practice as an actual nurse in the future.

Happy studying. :)

la_chica_suerte85, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

OMGGGG.. my daughter just did that mess of a comment and I have no idea how to delete it.

But I don't start nursing school until this August and this is one of my worst fears. I'm also in a program where if you fail one class (failing is anything below 77) you may repeat but that's your one and only repeat. It's very discouraging. This is our lives so to speak. Have your scores always been around this same average? How many classes are you taking?

You have made it this far though, you got this.

This is why you must start NCLEX prep on the very first day of school. This helps tremendously in preventing this kind of problem.