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  1. RubyJule

    I passed my NCLEX with 60 questions!

    Congratulations! Same here!! I am so excited. I thought I'd share my experience as well. Everyone is a bit different. 1. I took my time with the questions. I had 60 questions, and I was in there for almost two hours. I've always taken longer on tests, it seems to work for me. I say do what you have had previous success with. I would read the question, sometimes twice initially for key words, and then a last time to ensure my selection answers the question. I am an avid reader, and don't have issue with comprehension but I tend to skip words if I go fast/normal pace. I also like to breath and close my eyes briefly to refocus to decrease anxiety. Just me : ) 2. I agree on knowing content. I actually didn't study all that much for the exam. I was a strong student though, I was just too burnt out after this semester. right or wrong who knows. My HESI exit exam score was 1110. Took it in late February. All my HESI scores were between 1100-1200 except Pharm which I got 1078. I never studied for those. I had always just focused my studies on what we were doing in our nursing content/classes. 3. I did do the Hurst review 3 day webinar course. I rewatched three lectures but not all of them as they suggest. I took 3 of the 4 q review simulators: I got 88, 83, and 77 in that order so not sure on that, they say to get an average of 77 or > on your simulators. Most my peers who I know did well in school scored higher like high 90s/low 100s. I did some Saunders practice questions but not many maybe 100-150 in couple weeks prior. I felt pretty confident going into it, afterwards I wasn't so sure. Some questions were unexpected in some ways, some seemed difficult. I wasnt sure how easy it was to dip 'below the line'. Luckily my state is fast, and I had my licensed issued before I got home! I didn't count my SATA, but around 20 seems right. No math and 2 pictures, and one dragdrop, one exhibit. If you are preparing now, just be honest with yourself. How are you on standardized tests, did you feel like you know content or can recall from school, and do what you can to study. I gambled taking an early date rather than more time to study because there was either an opening in one week or 2 months so I took it. Try not to compare yourself to others too much. Focus on what has worked for you. If things havent worked in the past, do something different. There is so much that could be on the NCLEX, its hard to study EVERYTHING. In my opinion, practice questions are the best time spent. Hurst is super helpful, I'm glad I did it. They really breakdown in an easily digestible way what they call core content. That being said, from what I hear UWorld has a better question bank.
  2. RubyJule

    HESI Results

    Hello! Just took my Hesi A2 Exam. I'm a returning student from a different industry and currently enrolled in a community college pre-nursing. The wait list is long so I found a merit based program an hour away that I thought I'd try for. They require a minimum of 75% or higher cumulative score for the program, however; it is competitive. They stated they plan to take 40-50 of the highest ranked scores out of 120 that sat for the test. Oddly enough the tie breakers are given by the date of pre-nursing acceptance. I would have thought it would be GPA or number of credit completed. Anywho, I wanted to share my scores but first for some context.... I only studied for a week, obviously I'd recommend longer but it's what I had. I took my General Anatomy and Chemistry 10 years ago but am currently enrolled in Advanced A&P and Microbiology which I have a high A in. My school required Reading Comprehension, A&P, Chemistry, and Math. I used the HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review, 4th Addition. I wish I had learned about the pocket prep app sooner, some other testers said it was super beneficial so check that out. I don't usually have test anxiety but I did for this, as I knew it would be my sole determinant for starting fall 2018. My hand was literally shaking when answering the first 10 questions. I took the sections in the following order, Math - A&P - Chem - Reading. We were not allowed to take breaks. You were escorted to the bathroom if you had to go. Math - 94% I've never considered myself necessarily strong in Math but this was primarily basic stuff in my opinion and the easiest section. Just make sure to review the fractions and conversion problems in the review book. There were a few algebra questions which were likely what I had gotten wrong that or perhaps one of the conversions. A&P- 80% I couldn't even recall really what the questions were. I had one on the heart for sure and a couple muscle/bone questions. They've done a good job of really assessing your overall knowledge base as they have such a large area to pull from to question on. This area is one where doing more than just the review book, especially if you been out of school for awhile is very necessary. Chemistry - 80% Same thing as A&P, a lot of unexpected questions that I hadn't necessarily reviewed so just had to pull out of my overall understanding of Chemistry. Reading Comprehension - 84% I was bummed at my lower score. I consider myself a good reader and someone who likes to learn by reading through the text. However, I prepared the least for it as I only read through the review book content once or twice. And this was my last section. I definitely did not have my typical level of concentration AND someone was having a coughing fit.. Cumulative Score - 84.5% I highly doubt I made the cut with so many people sitting for it, but I'm holding out hope. I find out the first week in May. I'll plan to update you on my fate either way. I was so nervous for it, I want to help alleviate others if at all possible.