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3rd times a charm on June 5th...?

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by megster megster (New Member) New Member

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So I'm hoping that the 3rd time is a charm on June 5th! Both times I have had 265 questions with no luck. I really had LOTSSSS of prioritizing questions on the last one. I was sure I passed. I graduated in December and my school made it mandatory for everyone to take the Rhinehart review. I have that huge book, Saunders, and a Lippincott book. I can't afford to pay for anymore reviews. Can anyone tell me what helped them? I have test anxiety for sure, and I'm just really stressed out! Should I focus more on the "reading" material or the questions? Lately I've been doing questions. Thanks in advance!

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Man, I'm still trying to build up the courage for a second try! You must have been close, at least still in the game to get that many questions.

My thoughts are that you can only know so much material for x amount of study time before the test. A good core of knowledge plus practice questions is all you can do. I've been through 2 reviews, both focused on content more than questions.

I'm reading Saunders, Kaplan, Rayfield, and Hurst review material. None are like NCLEX though Kaplan may be the closest as far as the feel of the questions.

There's a gap from nursing school to NCLEX in my opinion. If there wasn't you could pick up a review book then pass.

And we could get on with our lives.

Good luck!

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EricJRN has 13 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in NICU.

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Megster,

Your post really underscores how difficult it is to know anything about whether you've passed or failed the NCLEX. Because a question's difficulty level isn't assigned until it is pre-tested on many students, even the types of questions that you encounter on the exam don't mean a whole lot.

Good question on the doing questions vs. reading chapters. Here is the strategy I have seen work with Saunders: Answer the questions at the end of each chapter. For those chapters where you're doing really well, keep going. If you're struggling with the questions, make sure to read and study that chapter carefully.

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The questions in the review books certainly aren't like the NCLEX questions. Bleh...I'm just going to keep taking it until I pass!!!!! :angryfire

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KaCo specializes in Tele.

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The NCSBN's website has questions that are actually like the ones on NCLEX. www.learningext.com however u do have to pay for the review and the shortest one is for 3wks.

I just passed NCLEX after my second try and I've been out of school for almost a yr and found this to be most helpful for me.

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How like the actual NCLEX questions are the Learningext.com ones? I purchaced a 3 week review and so far am getting about 85% on all the post tests. I take them before I review the material.

I am going to go back and review the actual material but figured with only two weeks until I test I needed to focus a bit.

This will be my first (and hopefully only) run at the NCLEX and really would like to have some, even small, clue as to the format and difficulty of the questions. I figured the NCSBN would be the route to get as close as possible. Is it? Thanks so much and best of luck to all...and uber CONGRATS to those who have passed!!!

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KaCo specializes in Tele.

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The format and style of questions from learningext.com do follow those of NCLEX. The review is really as close as u can possibly get to NCLEX. I wish I had tried NCSBN sooner.

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Thanks so much...a little less stressful having at least a slight idea of what Im in for.

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