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hopefulxx has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Emergency RN.

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I took my nclex-rn this morning for the third time and got all 265 questions after 3.5 hours. I am beyond nervous and I keep reading different things about getting all questions. I don't want to do the pvt trick because I want to relax for the weekend so I am going to wait the 48 hours for the quick results.

I am so overwhelmed because this is my third time, but I did the best that I could do.

Any advice or knowledge about 265 questions is appreciated for the next few days before I will officially know!!

Thanks all and fingers crossed!! :)

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Kaplan says that if you continue to get questions, that means you are still in the game. It also means that you weren't declared incompetent or competent, which is why you continued to receive questions. With 265 questions, it all comes down to getting the last 2 questions correct to determine if you passed. A friend of mine received 265 questions on both attempts and passed on the 2nd time.

I hope this gives you some hope and I wish you luck :D

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LadyFree28 has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma.

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Kaplan says that if you continue to get questions, that means you are still in the game. It also means that you weren't declared incompetent or competent, which is why you continued to receive questions. With 265 questions, it all comes down to getting the last 2 questions correct to determine if you passed. A friend of mine received 265 questions on both attempts and passed on the 2nd time.

I hope this gives you some hope and I wish you luck :D

Um... :no:

It doesn't come down to the last two questions; if anything, let's be clear on what happens in NCLEX....

Fact: once the questions stop, even at the end, they are going to score the entire test.

Fact: Computer Adaptive Tests (CAT exams) vary differently and will give questions with increasing difficulty; what will happen is if you answer a question incorrectly, it takes you back to a low-difficulty answer, and starts over again.

OP, I don't know if you passed; at this time, focus on taking care of YOU, do something enjoyable and relax until you get the results.

You have seen this exam; you have prepared for the exam, and whatever happens you have completed the exam.

Best wishes.

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If you took all 265, your pass or fail boils down to the last 60 graded questions. Every test taker has 15 sample questions that don't count towards their score. If you stayed above passing level towards the end, you're good to go!

ETA: Orrrr wait, that may be for if you run out of time...Either way, you can pass or fail with minimum or maximum number of questions and anything in between. I hope you get some good news soon!

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JustBeachyNurse has 10 years experience as a RN and specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics.

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If you took all 265, your pass or fail boils down to the last 60 graded questions. Every test taker has 15 sample questions that don't count towards their score. If you stayed above passing level towards the end, you're good to go!

ETA: Orrrr wait, that may be for if you run out of time...Either way, you can pass or fail with minimum or maximum number of questions and anything in between. I hope you get some good news soon!

Last 60 is only if you run out of time not if you hit the maximum number of questions. All receiving 265 questions means is that is how long the CAT computer took to determine your pass/fail regarding minimum competency standards with a statistical significance.

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Last 60 is only if you run out of time not if you hit the maximum number of questions. All receiving 265 questions means is that is how long the CAT computer took to determine your pass/fail regarding minimum competency standards with a statistical significance.

Thanks for clarifying. I thought that I may have mixed that up after I posted!

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hopefulxx has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Emergency RN.

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Thank you all for the posts!! I appreciate it more than ever. Still worried, but I feel okay because I know I did the best I could do. I would just hate to have to retake this exam AGAIN! But I wont give up!!

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hopefulxx has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Emergency RN.

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Also one more question! Does it matter what kind of questions you are given? Are some higher level than others??

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JustBeachyNurse has 10 years experience as a RN and specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics.

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Nope. All questions have higher and lower cognitive levels. Not all SATA or alternate format questions are higher level. Some are high some are low. There are higher multiple choice questions. You have no way of determining if a question is higher or lower level cognitive functioning unless you have extensive training in educational foundations & test preparation and a good working knowledge of Blooms Taxonomy. (Blooms Taxonomy is one of the measures that determines higher or lower level question)

I think I had two SATA, one complicated drug calculation, maybe 1 or 2 drag & drop (it's been a few years so I'm guessing here) and I passed in minimum number of questions in less than an hour. I thought the SATA I had were blissfully simple questions.

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LadyFree28 has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma.

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Also one more question! Does it matter what kind of questions you are given? Are some higher level than others??

Attached is a breakdown of the test plan and further information about the NCLEX:

https://www.ncsbn.org/2013_NCLEX_RN_Test_Plan.pdf

Any question can be a higher level question.

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hopefulxx has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Emergency RN.

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Nope. All questions have higher and lower cognitive levels. Not all SATA or alternate format questions are higher level. Some are high some are low. There are higher multiple choice questions. You have no way of determining if a question is higher or lower level cognitive functioning unless you have extensive training in educational foundations & test preparation and a good working knowledge of Blooms Taxonomy. (Blooms Taxonomy is one of the measures that determines higher or lower level question)

I think I had two SATA, one complicated drug calculation, maybe 1 or 2 drag & drop (it's been a few years so I'm guessing here) and I passed in minimum number of questions in less than an hour. I thought the SATA I had were blissfully simple questions.

Thank you so much!!

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