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PVC'S and SVT leading up to NCLEX

Specializes in CVICU/ED.

Alright guys, I recently graduated from nursing school in May and I am supposed to be taking the NCLEX next week. We used ATI during school, but I've been using UWorld for review since graduation and I've completed about 900 questions so far. UWorld has placed me in the 86th percentile, but I am getting very nervous being as though I'm only 3 days away from testing. I've been relatively confident up until this point, but I can't help but feel like I may not pass. Which, as for anyone else, would be devastating... I'm getting to the point that I think my brain is just tired of answering questions and I'm just feeling down and anxious. I guess I really just need some encouragement from you guys. Thanks!

I feel ya. I test in a little over a week. I did Kaplan through my school and have been doing Uworld. I have about 600 questions left to do. Right now my average score for Q-banks is 65%. I took the first self-assessment test and received a raw score of 72%, which is 93rd percentile and apparently "highly likely" to pass NCLEX. But honestly, my scores have been dropping lately and I might just take a break from questions for a day or two. I've been reading a lot of the old threads on here about Uworld, and there have been plenty of people with scores around 50% who passed NCLEX.

If you're getting in the 86th percentile, you have the knowledge you need to pass NCLEX. You will pass. But I'm right there with you on second guessing myself.

Good luck! Come back and let us know how it goes if you feel like it!

HopefulGradNurse, ADN, RN

Specializes in CVICU/ED.

I feel ya. I test in a little over a week. I did Kaplan through my school and have been doing Uworld. I have about 600 questions left to do. Right now my average score for Q-banks is 65%. I took the first self-assessment test and received a raw score of 72%, which is 93rd percentile and apparently "highly likely" to pass NCLEX. But honestly, my scores have been dropping lately and I might just take a break from questions for a day or two. I've been reading a lot of the old threads on here about Uworld, and there have been plenty of people with scores around 50% who passed NCLEX.

If you're getting in the 86th percentile, you have the knowledge you need to pass NCLEX. You will pass. But I'm right there with you on second guessing myself.

Good luck! Come back and let us know how it goes if you feel like it!

I will definitely let you know. Yeah it sounds like our first self-assessment was the same. I honestly have been feeling like I I'm not thinking as clearly as I was last week, or even the beginning of this week. Everyone keeps saying they have no doubt that I will pass, but I can't help but second guessing myself. Then again it's hard for someone to know how it feels until they're put in our position!! My plan thus far is to keep pushing through questions until Monday. At that point I'm going to sit back and relax and enjoy myself on the beach since it's near where i'm testing.

kkbb, BSN, RN

Has 3 years experience. Specializes in Oncology.

We did ATI throughout school and I received a 98% and 99% likelihood of passing the NCLEX on the first try. For UWorld I was at 85th percentile for questions and received "highly likely" to pass on both predictors. I passed in 79 questions. Just days before the test I became a total wreck. It was awful...and I have never been one to have test anxiety. The NCLEX and UWorld look very similar and there were a few questions that looked familiar. Based on your numbers, it sounds like you are right were you need to be. The best advice I can give is take a deep breath and take it one question at a time.

HopefulGradNurse, ADN, RN

Specializes in CVICU/ED.

We did ATI throughout school and I received a 98% and 99% likelihood of passing the NCLEX on the first try. For UWorld I was at 85th percentile for questions and received "highly likely" to pass on both predictors. I passed in 79 questions. Just days before the test I became a total wreck. It was awful...and I have never been one to have test anxiety. The NCLEX and UWorld look very similar and there were a few questions that looked familiar. Based on your numbers, it sounds like you are right were you need to be. The best advice I can give is take a deep breath and take it one question at a time.

Well that makes me feel better. Yeah I've never been one to have testing anxiety, but it's hit me over today and yesterday. I scored a 97% chance of passing on my ATI Comprehensive Predictor so hopefully I'll be able to knock it out in under 100 questions at least. Honestly I wouldn't care if I had all 265 as long as I pass! 😰

I'm in the same boat! Good luck! You are a superfly success machine. Just stay focused and take it one question and one breath at a time. :)

I will definitely let you know. Yeah it sounds like our first self-assessment was the same. I honestly have been feeling like I I'm not thinking as clearly as I was last week, or even the beginning of this week. Everyone keeps saying they have no doubt that I will pass, but I can't help but second guessing myself. Then again it's hard for someone to know how it feels until they're put in our position!! My plan thus far is to keep pushing through questions until Monday. At that point I'm going to sit back and relax and enjoy myself on the beach since it's near where i'm testing.

I feel like I haven't been thinking as clearly either lately, and I'm missing questions that I know I could have gotten right. When I first started Uworld it was such a confidence boost because I was getting consistently solid scores. Then a few days ago I got a 48% on one of the quizzes, which of course made me doubt myself. I'm just going to try to forget about what scores I'm getting and focus on learning from the rationales.

HopefulGradNurse, ADN, RN

Specializes in CVICU/ED.

I feel like I haven't been thinking as clearly either lately, and I'm missing questions that I know I could have gotten right. When I first started Uworld it was such a confidence boost because I was getting consistently solid scores. Then a few days ago I got a 48% on one of the quizzes, which of course made me doubt myself. I'm just going to try to forget about what scores I'm getting and focus on learning from the rationales.

I swear it sounds like you and I have the exact same story/situation because I feel the exact same way! I'm just focusing on rationales now and instead of doing 75 question quizzes I've bumped it down to 20-30 questions at a time which seems to work for my focus.

MurseRunner

Specializes in TICU, CCU.

I think I did around 1000 of the UWorld questions and I think my average was around 70%. As long as you take notes and learn from the questions, I don't think you should necessarily be all that concerned about your average score unless you're just doing really poor- like less than 50% consistently. I took NCLEX a year ago and passed in the minimum amount of questions (I think 75- I've mentally blocked out the experience because it was so stressful). My school did ATI as well and I did the online Hurst review. And don't study the day before- do something that'll help you relax and try not to stress too much. Good luck!

First of all, try to breathe! It is most definitely a stressful experience but it is not worth making yourself sick over! Most importantly to remember is that the exam has an 87% pass rate! That puts the odds in your favor!

I was absolutely mortified the day before and the day of my exam! (I got my ATT on a friday and tested the very next day at 2pm) I threw up in the parking lot of the testing center and about did in the trashcan in the center itself! BUT I lived to tell the tale! I will be honest and say that I got a 57% on the kaplan question trainer I took the morning of my exam. Since youre doing as well as you are on your practice exams, I am sure you will be fine! I passed in 75, however I was fully prepared to take all 265 questions! Go in with that mentality and rock the test! You made it through nursing school and thats the hardest part! You've got this!

la_chica_suerte85, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

I'll echo the sentiment that you probably need a break. I didn't pay too much attention to my Kaplan scores. I just kept practicing the alternate format questions until I couldn't practice anymore. Since it's the day before your test date, take a moment to immerse yourself in things that make you laugh. For me, it was looking at stupid memes. I found some particularly funny and held them in my mind's eye. When the test got a little overwhelming, I would pull out the mental image, chuckle to myself and move on. I'm sure I looked like an insane person sitting there LOLing to myself but it worked. One and done in 75.

I was put through the ATI gauntlet at school, did the Kaplan 4-day workshop and used Saunders throughout my time in school. The thing that helped me the most content-wise was Saunders. I hear this with UWorld, as well. I think you have a fantastic chance of passing your first go. You just have to be able to control your anxiety. It will be the most terrifying time in your life. When you get to 75 questions and the test turns off and you get directed to the survey, you'll be begging for more questions, another chance to show you know what you need in order to get your license. But, it'll be okay. You will pass and you will reflect on that moment with negative feelings that fade with each recall. Good luck!

HopefulGradNurse, ADN, RN

Specializes in CVICU/ED.

I'll echo the sentiment that you probably need a break. I didn't pay too much attention to my Kaplan scores. I just kept practicing the alternate format questions until I couldn't practice anymore. Since it's the day before your test date, take a moment to immerse yourself in things that make you laugh. For me, it was looking at stupid memes. I found some particularly funny and held them in my mind's eye. When the test got a little overwhelming, I would pull out the mental image, chuckle to myself and move on. I'm sure I looked like an insane person sitting there LOLing to myself but it worked. One and done in 75.

I was put through the ATI gauntlet at school, did the Kaplan 4-day workshop and used Saunders throughout my time in school. The thing that helped me the most content-wise was Saunders. I hear this with UWorld, as well. I think you have a fantastic chance of passing your first go. You just have to be able to control your anxiety. It will be the most terrifying time in your life. When you get to 75 questions and the test turns off and you get directed to the survey, you'll be begging for more questions, another chance to show you know what you need in order to get your license. But, it'll be okay. You will pass and you will reflect on that moment with negative feelings that fade with each recall. Good luck!

Thank you so much, I really can't say enough how much you guys are helping my nerves! I'm currently at the hotel 10 minutes away from the test site. I may read over some rationales, but that's about it. T-17 hours until test time and I'm feeling a little bit better. Just keep your prayers and kind words coming!

HopefulGradNurse, ADN, RN

Specializes in CVICU/ED.

First of all, try to breathe! It is most definitely a stressful experience but it is not worth making yourself sick over! Most importantly to remember is that the exam has an 87% pass rate! That puts the odds in your favor!

I was absolutely mortified the day before and the day of my exam! (I got my ATT on a friday and tested the very next day at 2pm) I threw up in the parking lot of the testing center and about did in the trashcan in the center itself! BUT I lived to tell the tale! I will be honest and say that I got a 57% on the kaplan question trainer I took the morning of my exam. Since youre doing as well as you are on your practice exams, I am sure you will be fine! I passed in 75, however I was fully prepared to take all 265 questions! Go in with that mentality and rock the test! You made it through nursing school and thats the hardest part! You've got this!

Thank you!!! I will be sure to let you guys know how I think I did after tomorrow. I'm on the east coast and I test at 8am so leave me something positive to read after because I'm sure I'll need it!!

I used U World and just tested the week before memorial day. NCLEX was EASIER than U World, by far!! I was in the 74th percentile after completing the whole question bank, so you are going to be just fine. U World looks so much like the NCLEX that when I was taking it, I forgot at times it wasn't U World which eased my anxiety. I actually thought I failed because it was so much easier than U World, I thought that I blew through the questions too fast and answered enough wrong to fail at 76 questions due to being overconfident. But no, U World is just that good. Good luck!! but I don't think you will need it.

HopefulGradNurse, ADN, RN

Specializes in CVICU/ED.

Update: took the test, shut off at 75. Felt like crap about the test. Tried the pvt got good pop up about 10 mins after, ever since been getting the bad. Pretty sure I failed so there's that. Guess I'll just have to wait until the early results are available then start reviewing all over again.

Update: took the test, shut off at 75. Felt like crap about the test. Tried the pvt got good pop up about 10 mins after, ever since been getting the bad. Pretty sure I failed so there's that. Guess I'll just have to wait until the early results are available then start reviewing all over again.

I hope you passed! I've been reading a lot about the PVT and I just read about how one member here got the bad pop up, paid the $200 registration fee all over again, and then ended up passing. I think the PVT used to be fairly reliable, but Pearson caught onto it. Now I really think it's something that just induces anxiety unnecessarily.

I ended up moving my test date and took it yesterday. I just couldn't handle the anxiety of knowing it was coming up and I just wanted it all to be over. It shut off at 75 questions. I thought I would feel better once it was over, but I feel worse. I felt like I guessed on everything. And I felt like I didn't get enough "high level" questions to have been able to pass. I know everyone leaves feeling like they failed it, but it really is a miserable feeling that just won't go away until we see our actual results.

HopefulGradNurse, ADN, RN

Specializes in CVICU/ED.

I hope you passed! I've been reading a lot about the PVT and I just read about how one member here got the bad pop up, paid the $200 registration fee all over again, and then ended up passing. I think the PVT used to be fairly reliable, but Pearson caught onto it. Now I really think it's something that just induces anxiety unnecessarily.

I ended up moving my test date and took it yesterday. I just couldn't handle the anxiety of knowing it was coming up and I just wanted it all to be over. It shut off at 75 questions. I thought I would feel better once it was over, but I feel worse. I felt like I guessed on everything. And I felt like I didn't get enough "high level" questions to have been able to pass. I know everyone leaves feeling like they failed it, but it really is a miserable feeling that just won't go away until we see our actual results.

Exactly, and I also felt like my questions weren't difficult enough. I know just what you mean. Have you tried the PVT yourself?

Exactly, and I also felt like my questions weren't difficult enough. I know just what you mean. Have you tried the PVT yourself?

I tried it. Just up until last hour it's been saying that my "results are on hold." I tried it again and got the good pop up, but it hasn't relieved any anxiety because I'm not sure if the "results on hold" message would affect how the PVT trick works.

HopefulGradNurse, ADN, RN

Specializes in CVICU/ED.

I'm sure you passed, sometimes results get put on hold for a number of reasons but now that you're getting the good popup you're fine. Maybe I'll knock it out the next go round

I'm sure you passed, sometimes results get put on hold for a number of reasons but now that you're getting the good popup you're fine. Maybe I'll knock it out the next go round

I'm still hoping you were just one of the unlucky ones where PVT gave you a false negative.

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