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I PASSED MY NCLEX-RN!!!!

I took my NCLEX-RN for the second time on monday (May 13th). I completed 75 questions and the computer did not shut off, so I decided to take a break. After 15 minutes I went back into the testing area to begin - Did 1 questions and the computer shut off!!! So I completed the test in 76 questions after three hours of testing. I took so long, because I noticed that I missed the majority of questions because I did not read them completely. So this time I read, and re-read the question and answers to be sure. I had about 13 SATA questions, two calculations, and about 3 or 4 put in order questions. The computer shut off after 76 questions, but that did not make me feel better, because the first time I took the test, my computer shut off at 77 questions. 

The test was harder. I did not think about the new test plan. I honestly didn't notice because I have been doing so much practice. Here was my test plan the first time - I did all 7 QTT for the Kaplan. It took me awhile. I read all rationales using the med-surg book and kaplan review book, and didn't have much time to do more questions. I did not pass the first time!

SECOND time around - I was motivated to do better!!! I did my test on a thursday, failed and broke down for the weekend. Monday morning, I contacted my school of nursing and my professor suggested the NCSBN website. I looked over the 3-5-8 week course, and determined the 5-week course would work best for me. I am a slow reader, and was not able to complete Lesson 8 posttest or the additional nursing practice test. I did complete reading each lesson thoroughly. My pre-test was 57%. I completed each lesson with a 75% or better. Only four lessons were slightly below 75% (67-72%). I re-took these test and made sure I understood the rationale behind the questions. (TIP - Read all test rationale - I was able to cross out wrong answer choices because I understood the content when I missed these questions from the NCSBN website). I tried to answer 150 questions per day when I completed the NCSBN website. I re-did all QTT for Kaplan (averaging low-mid 60%). I completed all QBank questions and Sample Test 1-3. I averaged low 60% to 78% on Kaplan. When I was done with that, I did all 18 chapters for the Prioritization, delegation, and assessment (LaCharity Book) the week before my test. Reading all question rationales for the RIGHT and WRONG answers. Trust me, this helped on the NCLEX. If I was unsure about a disease process, I used YOUTUBE to view the disease or procedure. This actually helped me, because I am a visual learner. I made flash cards for some hotspot questions like (ROA, ROP, LOA, LOP fetal monitoring, and where to place stethoscope for auscultating the heart and lungs).

AND low and behold, I did the pearson vue trick two hours after my exam and got the infamous pop up. The next morning, my new licensed number was on the online verification website. IT WAS THE GREATEST FEELING IN THE WORLD!!!! GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE AND STUDY, STUDY, STUDY!!!

ALSO USED SOME OF THE RELAXATION TECHNIQUES DURING THE EXAM TO WAKE MYSELF UP!!!

"I CAN DO EVERYTHING THROUGH CHRIST WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH" - PHILLIPPIANS 4:13