Preparing to take the NCLEX

October 7, 2007 at 3:48 am 1 comment

The NCLEX is the test that all RNs must pass in order to be licensed by their state.  It is a computerized test that bases your next question on whether you got the previous question right or wrong.  If you got it correct the next question is harder, if you got it wrong it gets easier.  However, you must maintain an average level of difficulty in order to pass.  The test shuts off anywhere from 75 to 265 questions based on how long it takes the computer to decide if you passed or not.  No matter what state you are getting licensed in, you must take this test, but never have to take it again (THANK GOD!).  I have felt pretty prepared for this test.  Of course there are areas that I am scared of because I just do not have a lot of experience in that field, such as pediatrics and psych.  I feel that my school and job as an aid did an excellent job preparing me for this one life changing test.  I had to take a HESI test after each 9 week course of school and also had to pass the HESI in order to graduate from college.  The HESI is basicly a practice exam for the NCLEX to see if  you are ready to take boards.  I passed the HESI with flying colors, even though while taking the HESI I was sure I had failed miserably because it was so awful.  So, basicly for the past couple months while waiting to take the NCLEX I have answered at least 1,000 practice questions from my Saunders books and CDs.  At this point most of the questions seem easy, hopefully that is a good sign.  For the most part everyone tells me how hard the boards are, so I’m scared that these questions I have been practicing are still too easy.  Anyway, I’ll keep plugging away, studying the only way I know how.  I take the test Tuesday morning in Indianapolis.  Please pray for me during and after the test while I wait anxiously for the results.


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  • 1. Francis  |  September 10, 2008 at 4:37 am

    I took the NCLEX just this morning. I almost came in late because i didn’t bother checking what building is the PearsonVue located here in the Philippines. The traffic was heavy and the rain has just started to pour. The taxi driver pointed out to me the wrong building, so i had to ask a lot of people passing by for the right one. My appointment was at 9AM, i came at around 8:46AM.
    Well, i finished the exam after 75 questions. Im so anxious right now. I feel like i totally failed the exam. I know that there were easy questions but i totally forgot the correct answers! After 3 days i will get the results. Im keeping my fingers crossed.


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