What is an example of a non-passing level question?

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What would a non-passing level question look like?

I just finished my NCLEX at 80 something questions, and I don't know how to feel. Felt good early on, but near the end had more multiple choice questions.

Anyway, what would a non-passing level question look like? Just want to gauge if I saw any near the end.

dotjenn

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People have said that a non-passing level question would be something very "easy". For example: A newborn has blue extremities and a pink body. What is this expected finding called? A. hypothermia B. acrocyanosis C. shivering D. thermoregulation

Passing level questions would be more along the lines of applying knowledge to a question and basing patient care based on that knowledge. That would be more like teaching questions, prioritization, etc...

TBH, I used Kaplan as a study source and some of their non-passing questions were pretty hard imo. But I definitely think that higher level questions are application-centered vs. general recall of knowledge. So look for those kinds of questions!!

RNNPICU, BSN, RN

1,261 Posts

Specializes in PICU. Has 17 years experience.

Although it has been several years since I took the NCLEX, the strategies have not changed.

Low level questions could be a SATA with question like "someone in respiratory distress exhibits the following: " And you would have to select the ones that demonstrate resp ditress.

High level questions could be A nurse just received report on the patients, which patient should be assessed first.

I see. What's troubling me about my exam were the last two questions. One was " is a deficiency of what?" and I got that wrong, and the last one was "Which one of the following is correct?" with the choices each being a patient saying a sentence that was either true or false, and I got that right for sure. It wasn't anything complicated, it was about legal terms like negligence, etc.

Those seemed really easy, and I didn't want it to stop after the last question I got. I had higher level questions before that and ending on those two really soured my day. Thanks for the clarifications

Has 15+ years experience.

An easy question is one you know the answer to. I remember thinking I failed, because my last question was so simple. It was on a obscure topic, but one that I had a proffesional interest in. So, even though the format was not complicated, it was still considered a hard question. I passed in 75. Good luck, and let us know how it turns out.

Well I guess it's all moot because I just found out I passed via quick result. I'm elated that I passed, but I wish I didn't think about that question as much as I did =/

The nightmare is over!

Wiggly Litchi

476 Posts

CMNDRSheppard said:
Well I guess it's all moot because I just found out I passed via quick result. I'm elated that I passed, but I wish I didn't think about that question as much as I did =/

The nightmare is over!

Congratulations Sheppard! Wrex would be proud of you.

Wrex is my favorite Krogan on allnurses.com!

Wiggly Litchi

476 Posts

This is my favorite thread on the Citadel.

Has 5 years experience.

I got out of there with 75 and felt great...for the first hour. then started second guessing myself till I was in a panic for 48 hours. I passed and cried like a baby in a release of stress you wount believe.

I know how you feel, and I'm pretty sure the NCLEX is aimed to make us feel stressed because it's what's waiting for us in the field! I didn't cry, but I celebrated like the ex-athlete I am: a lot of "**** yeah!", "Let's go!", and my patented incomprehensible yell of happiness. I ended up scaring my dogs so I had to baby them afterwards.