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Passed NCLEX with 265! God is good!

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I've used allnurses to comfort me before and after I took the NCLEX and I want to comfort those who are about to embark on this NCLEX journey to success.

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How did you pass the NCLEX with 265 questions?

Passed NCLEX with 265! God is good!

Background about me, I was never an "A" student and I struggled through nursing school. I'm the type that if I don't study, I won't pass. I graduated in the end of December and took my NCLEX the beginning of February. I also had a job lined up so passing was my top priority. I want you to know that it is possible to pass the NCLEX with 265 questions! God is good, all the time!

During the NCLEX, I knew the answer to the very first questions... and the rest of the test was history. It was all a blur! When I got to question 150, I knew I was in it for the long run! I had a lot of priority, 30-40 SATA, delegation, legal issues, meds, maybe 3 cardiac strips (know ECG strips and what to do), 2 calc (know 1oz= 30mL, 1 cup= 8 oz), 2 drag and drop (know procedures) and I can't remember the rest. My second to last question was SATA and my last question was a risk factor question.

Encouraging Bible verses:


"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." -Philippians 4:13


"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us." -Ephesians 3:20


"For we live by faith, not by sight." -2 Corinthians 5:7


"He replied, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." -Matthew 17:20


"God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day." -Psalm 46:5


"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." -Matthew 7:7

The song I listened to for comfort: Oceans by Hillsong UNITED (I also heard it on the radio driving to the testing center!) 🙂

Studying for the NCLEX:

*I PAYED FOR THE KAPLAN CLASSROOM $500 but got a coupon for $150 off (PREVENTION150).

Kaplan Classroom

I'm not sure if this was the reason I passed but I felt like it prepared me for the long 6 hours exam. I used the Decision Tree when I was stuck on questions and had no idea what the answer was.

I practiced about 150-200q a day. The content i didn't know on a question, I would refer back to the free Kaplan kindle book that came with my Kaplan purchase (Utilize it!)

I also reviewed three content videos that were in my weakest categories. (Pharm. and Parenteral therapies, basic care and comfort, and psychosocial integrity)

My scores were horrible! But it was helpful to go over the rationales and why that answer choice is correct or better than the others.

Kaplan recommended you to get above 60% on trainer 5&6 and q banks. As you can see, I did not reach 60%.

Don't be discourage by the low scores (I know I was), review the rationales

WATCH this video for encouragement (I watched about 50 times): NurseNacole

I waited a week before the test to take Trainer 7.

  • Diagnostic: 52%
  • Readiness: 58%
  • Trainer 1: 59%
  • Trainer 2: 45%
  • Trainer 3: 51%
  • Trainer 4: 53%
  • Trainer 5: 50%
  • Trainer 6: 53%
  • Trainer 7 (265q w/ 360 min): 55%
  • Sample 1: 52%
  • Sample 2: 60%
  • Sample 3 (all priority): 73%
  • Sample 4 (all SATA): 42%

Qbank average (I did all of it!): 60% = 150q/day

SATA q (click on "all resources" and then click on "alternate quiz type"): 25%

After I finished the Qbanks, I retested the one I got incorrect by category. (ex: psych, management of care, etc.)

+ 35 pages study guide on this website (I didn't finish reading all 35 pages because it was so long!)


PDA LaCharity quizlet 106 questions...


Kaplan q bank app

Study break every hour: eating, playing Destiny on Xbox, watched YouTube videos, watched FRIENDS on Netflix, and more eating

My scores:

  • Quiz #1: 60%
  • Quiz #2: 80%
  • Quiz #3: 90%

My school provided ATI and I only did the med/surg questions

I hope this helps and give you hope! You can do it!!!

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9 Comment(s)

Where did you find out the number score 265? I thought it was just pass/fail.

I passed with 265 questions.

Congrats. Sorry, that was a dumb moment on my part.

Congratulations...I'm very proud of you..Faith of a mustard seed. You are an inspiration as I will be taking my Nurse Practitioner Exam again in a month. Hooray and God Bless --welcome to the exciting world of professional nursing.

Thank you! Those Bible verses are totally appropriate! I passed with 265 back in June, it is a horrible feeling walking out after getting all 265, but God was with me as well!

thanks for the inspiring post and congratulations!

Congratulations, and thanks for the Bible verses, very inspiring, and gives me the faith and confirmation I needed, I am in preparation for my second attempt, I have already claimed, believed, and received my pass results, RN indeed !!!!

Thank you! 🙂 I just had my first day of orientation today. I'm ready to "SHINE"! The Light of the world!

Thank you! WOW, you've finished NP school... you're amazing! I'm thinking of going to NP school but later down the road. As for the exam, just knock out of the water 🙂 You got it!