After 86 questions I walked out feeling like I had bombed it, I clearly didn't since I passed. This was last week so I have had some time to reflect. At the time I felt like it was hard, and strangely worded. Now, I am leaning toward it was more my nerves than the actual test. NCLEX is very much a mental game. I have some major test anxiety, and walking in already shaking is not a great way to start. I feel that with so much riding on this one test, it is very easy for the stress of the whole thing to take over. I went in feeling prepared but nerves still made me second, and triple guess my answers. It is a weird balancing act. While fear of failing motivates you to put in the effort and give the exam the respect it deserves, it may also lead to failing due to crippling anxiety.
I always did well on the HESI minus Psych. We had a fundamentals, Med/Surg, Pharmacology, Psychology, and the Exit Hesi once at the beginning of last term and then again at the end. The second time I didn't study for the Exit. I wanted to see where I was. I killed it, but that still did not help with my NCLEX anxiety. 🙂