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Passed my NCLEX-RN with 75 questions

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Hi everyone! I passed my NCLEX exactly 2 weeks ago, Oct. 13, 2015. A little background about me: I graduated from a school in Manila, Philippines last April 2013. I tried applying to the California BON, but unfortunately, like many foreign grads, I was rejected. It was one whole year of processing and waiting only to be denied. I was depressed for a while but my mom encouraged me to try other states. She had relatives in Texas so I applied there. Fortunately, within 4 months, my application went through and I was able to take my NCLEX.

When I got my ATT, I did not know how to start reviewing. I often visited this website for tips on how to study and what materials to study. People had various suggestions and I know that we all have different study methods that work for us.

Here's mine:

1. QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS. Assess yourself: are you already good with content or do you need to have a comprehensive review? I did some pre-tests and I thought that I'm still pretty good with my nursing knowledge even though I have already been out of school for 2 years, so I set a goal of answering a specific number of questions every day. I reviewed for two months. For the first week, I tried 50 questions a day, then progressed to 75, to 100 to 150. I used the following for my questions:

  • NCLEX 4000 - Found the free software online. I practiced my SATAs with this!
  • Lippincott Q&A Review for NCLEX-RN (11th Edition) - I used the CD
  • ExamCram 3rd Edition
  • NCLEX Mastery App - buy the whole app ($30.00)! It's worth it.
  • Kaplan NCLEX-RN Premier 2015-2016
  • Kaplan Q-bank (good for one month) - The questions were difficult and my scores ranged from low 50s to high 70s. I was disheartened at first because of my low scores but the questions helped me in becoming better in answering questions.

Whenever I don't know the disease or the procedure, I refer to Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination (the yellow book, 5th edition). You don't need to read the whole back cover-to-cover (unless you're really bad with content). You only need to refer to this book whenever you don't recall or understand something.

2. WRITE THE RATIONALES. This has been A LOT OF HELP to me. This will help you retain information and analyze questions better because it helps you understand why your answer is right and the other choices are wrong and vice versa. Do not get worried if there are times that you keep getting the wrong answers. Just practice answering questions and writing down the rationales. Get a notebook where you can write your rationales. Make it your treasure!

3. BE RESOURCEFUL. The internet is a big place! Just browsing here in allnurses.com helped me in getting helpful resources such as notes, mnemonics, sample exams, etc. I was able to find audio lectures that I listen to whenever I drive. It was really helpful! I was also able to find the Kaplan Q-trainers online, which were very helpful in preparing me for my NCLEX. Here are my score:

QT1: 63%

QT2: 65%

QT3: 54%

QT4: 68%

QT5: 70%

QT6: 72%

QT7: 68%

Do not worry if your scores are below mine. There were people who got scores between 40 to 60% but were able to pass. But of course, don't settle with 40%. Try scoring between high 50s and above :)

Also, you don't have to buy new books! I borrowed some books from the local public library and I was able to renew extension for each of the books 3 times (I borrowed Kaplan NCLEX-RN Premier and ExamCram). I wish I had known about using the local public library before buying the Lippincott Q&A book which was very expensive (but at least I was able to use the CD).

4. PRACTICE GOOD STUDY HABITS. Find a study buddy. Exchange questions and discuss the rationales with each other. Find a good place to study. Maximize your time in studying but DO NOT OVERSTUDY. Rest your brain and give yourself time to relax and recharge. Eat well and find time to exercise.

5. THE WEEK BEFORE NCLEX. Just do comprehensive exams. I answered the question trainers and the practice test of the Kaplan NCLEX-RN Premier, which was 265 questions (I got 83%).

5. THE DAY BEFORE NCLEX. Don't study the night before NCLEX! Just relax and pamper yourself. Go to church, go the salon, watch a movie, etc. Sleep early and do not attempt to open anything!

6. PRAY, PRAY, PRAY. Prayer is powerful! Ask for peace and wisdom every day!

If you need some resources, please feel free to leave your emails in the comment section. :) I will also try my best to answer some of your questions.

A BIT OF ENCOURAGEMENT. Do not be discouraged if initally your scores are low or if you are scoring lower than others. Just keep practicing. Also, it does not matter if you have just recently graduated or been out of school for a long time. Just do your best to review and ask help if you need it. You are not alone :) Good luck, future RN!

Edited by reginalin

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

Congratulations to you! :)

shan409, ASN, BSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Postpartum, Mother/Baby, Comm. Health, Geriatric. Has 6 years experience.

Congrats! I took my NCLEX-PN yesterday and am on pins and needles. The computer cut off at 85 questions, so either I was on a good path or a bad path. I'm praying for the good path. I really can't gauge whether I did good or bad. Those SATA were no joke though.

Thank you TheCommuter! :)

Edited by reginalin

Hi shan409! Are you going to do the Pearson Vue Trick or the Quick results? I hope you pass! :) How many SATAs did you get? I got 13.

shan409, ASN, BSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Postpartum, Mother/Baby, Comm. Health, Geriatric. Has 6 years experience.

Hi shan409! Are you going to do the Pearson Vue Trick or the Quick results? I hope you pass! :) How many SATAs did you get? I got 13.

I tried it. Got the good pop up, but that did not put my mind at ease. I did passed! Just found out this morning, checked the state of MI's BON verify a license website and I was there with LPN next to it!!! I had a lot of SATA and prioritizing. IDK how many exactly, but a lot.

I tried it. Got the good pop up, but that did not put my mind at ease. I did passed! Just found out this morning, checked the state of MI's BON verify a license website and I was there with LPN next to it!!! I had a lot of SATA and prioritizing. IDK how many exactly, but a lot.

Yayyy:Evil-Pumpkin::up:

Congratulations on passing! I too graduated in the Philippines and had to apply to a different state. Taking the nclex this Friday! Excited and scared at the same time. Your post gave me some positive vibes and encouragement.

Congratulations again! Mabuhay!

Thank you Hadassah16! :)

Hi genie! Thank you! How was your exam? I hope it went well! Let us know :)

Hi hopeinjesus! Sent you an email :)

Congrats sayo! :)

Took my Nclex rn nov 4, received my letter today and I failed. But I wont stop until I get that license!

Thank you for the encouragement, I also love visiting this site, this gives me hope!

Btw, do you know if foreign grads like us from Phi graduates of 2009, will still have to take classes? Coz Im hearing only graduates of 2010 and up are going to do that, I dont have any idea, I applied at NY that's why I was able to get ATT and take the exams, but Im residing here in Cali.

Im happy for you! Congratulations!!Thank you for the advice, super feeling down right now. :(

jenn028

Specializes in MS.

hi.. im from california also. just wondering how was your experience applying for nclex in NY? i got denied here in Ca due to concurrency issues, and im looking for other states that i can apply and without concurrency issue

jenn028

Specializes in MS.

hi. congratulations to you! i live in Ca and was also denied due to concurrency issue. i am looking for other states to apply and hopefully get approve to take the nclex. i saw that you applied in texas, im wondering if you need to take any english profeciency exam(ielts,toefl)? or that you have to take a refresher course if you dont have any working experience?

Hi! I have a batchmate who luckily was able to take an exam here in California. I think it does not matter when you graudated AS LONG AS you meet the concurrency requirements.

Have you taken the NCLEX again? I hope you pass! :)