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Hey everyone. I've been reading this nclex forum for the past 2 weeks and finally decided to post something. I need some support/words of encouragement, is anyone else TERRIFIED of taking the exam?

I am taking the NCLEX-RN in 2 weeks and I am sooooo nervous. I have only been studying for about a week or so and I have 2 weeks to go, so that'll be about a total of 3 weeks of studying and I'm soo scared that that's not enough. I am using Saunders and taking the Kaplan course. I study for about 5 hours a day plus the 3.5hr kaplan class in the afternoon. I have been reading the coursebook to review material and have been doing some practice questions. I got really good grades in school and have been really focused on studying and I still have 2 weeks to go, but I am sooo nervous/anxious- I study all day and then cry every night that I'm not going to pass :( I am so stressed and have such anxiety, is anyone else feeling like this?

Thank you in advance for any encouragement/advice!

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nervous is an understatement! the week of my test i cried every night. i became an insomniac also because everytime i'd close my eyes i'd have material running through my mind. the two days prior to my exam i had nightmares... one nightmare, i ran out of time and the other one i got caught cheating lol. i got night sweats the night BEFORE my exam. it has been the worst 3 weeks of my life! i was a total wreck!

i'm waiting on my results right now so i'm a bit calmer b/c the test is over with... but i'm by no means better.

so no... you are not alone... try to stay strong... stronger than i was. the good thing is i stopped studying 2 days before and i think it helped b/c i was suprisingly calm the day before... but the morning of the test i was shaking that i couldnt control the mouse lol. i took a deep breath and was able to get calm though.

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I have been crying every night and last night I had my first nightmare, but it wasn't about the nclex it was about my first day at work (so at least I guess that means i passed the exam lol) So I woke up and realized that not only am I nervous about the test, but then I start my new job a week later and I am nervous about that too! I feel like a total wreck, today I'm going to take a little study break and visit some family so hopefully that will help, but I'm sure as soon as I sit down to study again tonight all of the anxiety will come back again :(

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I am very afraid as well. I take my nclex rn on august 11th. I am doing the kaplan online course. I try to do 50 questions per day from the qbank. I know that doesn't seem like much but I also study the course book everyday. I start my new job as GN on monday June 18th. I am so afraid of not passing and getting demoted to a tech. All I can do now since I have two months to prepare is to keep doing what I've been doing and not get lazy. I pray that I do ok. I was a hi C low B student in nursing school. I wish I had studied more than I did.

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I take the test Monday. I have done 500 questions the last two days, and total have done 2700 since my review course (she only recommended 2000 since I guessed that I had done about 1000 during school).

I feel SO ill-prepared, especially considering everyone I hear says that there is no real way to prepare for this test.

ATI Predictor exam from my school said I had a 99% of passing, so I hope they're right!

Don't stress though. I haven't had any extreme anxiety, but boy is the test date getting here so soon kicking me in the butt!

I plan on stopping studying by tomorrow around 3. My boyfriend's taking me to the movies and out to dinner, and hopefully getting me home by 630 so I can get prepared and GO TO SLEEP!!!

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Hello everyone getting prepared to take the NCLEX-RN. First off, take a deep breath and think positively. I wanted to share what I learned about the test (I just took it last Wednesday). Okay, so I went in full of confidence, and like many, left in tears feeling as though I had failed (even though I passed). The most important thing to remember while you are taking the exam is to remain calm, you WILL BE ANSWERING about 50% of the questions right and 50% wrong REGARDLESS of if you are passing or failing. If the questions are a high level of difficulty, then you will pass...a low level, then you may fail.

It is so difficult to be taking an exam and getting half of the questions right and half wrong! It could make anyone feel insecure or make them panic. While you are taking the exam, take your time and think positively. Remind yourself that you made it through your nursing program, have passed practice exams, etc. Tell yourself whatever it takes to make you feel somewhat at ease.

Please look at this link before you take your exam. I didn't find this information out until AFTER I took the exam and I think it would have saved me a lot of panic WHILE I was taking the exam, and while I was waiting for my scores.

https://www.ncsbn.org/1216.htm

I just graduated in May and spent 7 days preparing for the exam with the NCLEX-3500, Saunders, & HESI books and passed. In retrospect, although I passed, I would tell future test takers to take a Kaplan review so that they have more of a handle on test-taking skills. I have always considered my self a good test-taker, but the NCLEX is a different type of exam and why not allow an expert give you tips on how to answer questions better.

I wish all of you the best of luck. While you are studying encourage yourself with positive thoughts and let those thoughts carry you through to the exam and your passing!

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RNinJune2007,

Best of luck to you tomorrow! I think going out with the BF and having a nice dinner and movie to help you decompress sounds like an awesome idea. Stay as calm as you can during your exam and if you begin to panic, remind yourself of just how hard you have prepared and take a deep breath. Also, as I stated below, remember that you will only be answering about half of the questions correctly- everyone is!- do not let this stress you out. You CAN pass the NCLEX-RN- Can't wait to hear that you did! : )

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Good luck RNinJune2007!!

Enjoy your movie and dinner with your BF :)

I am also going to stop studying a day or 2 before and just relax and do something enjoyable.

Let us know how it goes!

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ohmeowzer RN is a RN and specializes in ob/gyn med /surg.

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i am nervous as a cat... i am trying to get ahold of my anxiety but just can't seem to get a grip... i pray for us all that we pass.. i just had a friend pass Rn boards and soon it will be my turn.. and i am scared.. yet i am sick of it hanging over my head.. thank you all for your comments and it's nice to know i'm not alone.. in my fear...lol

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I guess I am having a different type of anxiety. I can't study. I have been reading every evening at work and answering at least 100 questions per day at home. For the last 2 weeks, I have been doing 150 questions per day. Friday I studied about 8 hours (my only day off). I answered 75 questions yesterday and was completely drained, and today about 65 and was wiped out. It seems like the closer I am to testing (6/29) the more drained I am studying. I already said I was not going to study on Thursday. I just feel as if there is still so much to cover. Can you cover it all and still feel ready?

I think my fears have slowly creeped in. I rescheduled my test one time already because I was overcome with fear. I am not going to do it again. If I can't answer questions, I will just look at my books.

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ohmeowzer RN is a RN and specializes in ob/gyn med /surg.

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i wish you all the luck in the world. june 29th is my little sister's birthday . it's a lucky day so you will be fine. my prayers are with you.. i am taking boards 7/17 .. and ever since i got the date i have been really nervous.. i understand about having a hard time concentrating... i do about 100 questions a day at about 25 a time... i do 25 or 35 and then do more later... i took kaplan course and it helped. please let me know how you do , put a sign on your mirror saying " i will pass boards" and it will give you positive thoughts.. good luck and you will be fine

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