Taking NCLEX in 9 days

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by PCU RN PCU RN Member

I scheduled my NCLEX for 9 days from today. I graduated from ADN school May 10th. I am having second thoughts and basically panic attacks after reading a few posts on here! Is it really that bad??!!! I graduated #1 in my class of 46 people, and on my ATI exit exam i scored an 83% which translates to a supposed 99% chance of passing nclex on the first try. (not sure how accurate that is though)

Since graduation I have been spending on average about 3 hours a day studying content and doing practice questions.. I did the hurst review back in December, and I am now using exam cram, lacaritys PDA book, and ncsbn for practice questions.

ncsbn i am getting anywhere from 60% to 75%

lacharity is very difficult for me, but i would say i am getting more than 1/2 of the questions right per chapter

hursts Q review i scored 69 and 72% on the 2 i have taken so far

can someone give me some insight?? does it sound like i should re schedule? i was feeling pretty confident until i read what people are saying :(

Belle2013

Belle2013

133 Posts

I would say you are doing good! Just be dedicated to knowing your content and being able to critically think through the questions. Do all the Q reviews, look up anything you come across that you don't know, read and understand the rationales on the ones you get wrong, make sure your rationales are the right rationale for those you get right, and continue to do the lacharity book. The test sucks now and I'm sure it did before they raised the passing standards as well! I just passed with 75 questions last week. I scored a 87.5 on my ATI predictor test. I scored from 86 to 104 on my q tests. ATI is more content driven while Nclex is definitely more critical thinking and a lot of prioritization for the higher level questions. Don't be scared of the test! Just do what you do best and prepare like crazy and go in with complete confidence and no regrets on anything you could have/should have done!

Good luck!

PCU RN

PCU RN

61 Posts

Thank you for your response! I feel a little better hearing your success story! Seriously. Everything I was reading was just person after person who failed. I am going to keep doing what I am doing then, and hope for the best :)

FineAgain

FineAgain

Specializes in ED; Med Surg. Has 7 years experience. 372 Posts

Where do you get practice questions on ncsbn? Coincidentally, we both scored the same on our ATI predictor...we graduated on the same day...and we are taking our NCLEX on the same day. Good luck!!

Belle2013

Belle2013

133 Posts

If it helps...10 students from my school took the test the same day I did and only 2 did not pass.

PCU RN

PCU RN

61 Posts

@arrisub, wow! hopefully the similarities continue, and we both pass!! :) the website you log in to is actually learningext .com you get to it through the ncsbn website. good luck to you as well!!

PCU RN

PCU RN

61 Posts

@belle2013 that does help! everything i've been hearing about "the new passing standard" had me freaked out, but i feel like now that i am hearing of people who are passing, it's do-able! I just did my 3rd Q-review and i scored 95 points (76%) so i really feel like the PDA book and ncsbn questions are really helping me.

Belle2013

Belle2013

133 Posts

Good job!

FineAgain

FineAgain

Specializes in ED; Med Surg. Has 7 years experience. 372 Posts

@kay21 -- thanks for the info. I signed up last night and although I did (and do) well on the ATI's, I totally suck at the NCSBN questions. My confidence is lowering and I had felt so good about the NCLEX. Oh well, practice, practice, practice. The rationales are different from ATI as well and that is frustrating!

One example: you had to write in what you would document in the chart after taking a telephone order. I wrote "telephone order read back" which is what I have been taught and is also what we would do in my facility. The correct answer was just "telephone order". Very frustrating!

Wondering if the NCSBN is harder than the actual NCLEX???

PCU RN

PCU RN

61 Posts

some of the ncsbn questions i would do great on, and others i wanted to punch the computer screen! haha don't let it discourage you! my 3 week subscription just ran out yesterday and on my last day i was finally doing better. i was making 72-82% on the practice tests. from what i have read on all these websites, ncsbn are the ones who play a part in putting the actual nclex together. i know when i registered with pearson vue ncsbn's little logo was in the right top corner.

what i did was every time i missed a question (or got one right, but for the wrong rationale) i copied and pasted the rationale to a word doc. i have about 20 pgs of rationales to go over now!

i don't know if it's harder than nclex or not.. maybe someone else can give us some insight on that one! :)

FineAgain

FineAgain

Specializes in ED; Med Surg. Has 7 years experience. 372 Posts

That's why I got the 3 week subscription, I figured they write the exam!

It is getting better, I am doing the same as far as rationales. Wish they had rationales for why the other questions are wrong, like ATI does. Oh well.

On a positive note, one of my classmates took the NCLEX this morning, shut off at 75, and got the good popup. She said it wasn't that bad, so...hope she is right!

PCU RN

PCU RN

61 Posts

oh that is exciting!! what state are you testing in? i'm in texas