Who Stops You From Passing NCLEX EXAM?
It absolutely saddens me when I see other future nurses, take their exam over and over again which causes them to lose their confidence and ability to become a great nurse. I DO NOT want to see that happen to you. If you have a copy of this report in your hands, I can wholeheartedly tell how much you want to succeed. And I am here to help bridge that gap.
I outline the TEN mistakes you MUST AVOID so you can take and pass your NCLEX exam the first time or if this isn’t your first time, the next time. So take your time and read this report WELL and if you need to, read it over and over again.
Waiting Too Long to Take the Exam
One of the biggest mistakes that significantly reduces your chances of passing the NCLEX is purposely waiting a long time to schedule their NCLEX test date.
How long is too long?
Anything greater than four months from the time you graduated your program is too long. Take it as soon as you comfortably feel you can take the exam. The sooner you take the test, the greater your chances are of passing.
Not Applying Their Learning Techniques
Do you know how you best learn?How you best retain information? Are you a kin esthetic learner? Audio learner? Because what works for me, may not work for you.
Let’s say Susan may be able to take several practice tests over and over again and get a 100% on her exam while Joann may need to listen to audio tapes of the same test material over and over again to get a perfect score.
Lets Have an Example
- I recommend you figure out what your learning technique is and then apply it immediately to your study habits. This will help guarantee you success. Even if you did not pass the first time around, you can start applying this idea right now.
- How do you find out your learning technique? Well think about what has worked for you in the past. What techniques have you been successful with? You can always also Google it. There are hundreds of quick sources online to help you quickly determine your specific learning style.
Practice tests vs. Practice questions
There’s a huge difference between taking a bunch of practice questions on flash cards or in a book versus sitting down and taking an actual practice test in a test like scenario/environment.
Practice questions are wonderful; they’re a great study guide. However, before you take your NCLEX exam, you should sit down and take a practice test, preferably on a computer. And if you can, do this more than once. You do this method so it will teach you how to take the NCELX. It will teach you how to answer questions in a test environment.
Rushing the Exam
Guess how long you have to take the NCLEX exam as a RN?
And how long for the PN exam?
That’s a very long time to take a test. More than enough time actually. Knowing this, you can rest easy so that you take your time to select the right answer.
You can double check your answers; you can exhaust your scratch paper and go over your math before you hit submit. However you can’t go back. So there’s absolutely no reason to rush through your exam. You can take your time and be sure.
Choosing Random Answers
When it comes to your priority questions particularly, the ABC rule will be your best friend.
- A for Airway
- B for Breathing
- C for Circulation
When you can’t decide between two answers, always go with the selection that addresses the higher rule first.
Lets Have an Example
You get a question and you have it down between two answers
Scenario 1:Says treat the patient with minimal bleeding from the surgery site on post op day 1 or your CNA just told you your newly trach patient is behaving anxiously, go with the trach patient; that’s airway.
Scenario 2: The other answer is circulation. Sounds like a trick question because it’s using the word “anxiously” which some might interpret as a psychosocial issue, but the test wants to see if you’re competent enough to recognize this as a sign your patient is not doing well
A Tip: Every time you get a priority question, you should first identify which ABC rule applies then select the higher rule.
- This is not as common of a mistake but will definitely keep you from passing if you practice it. Academic studies shows that the reason why some students do not pass their licensure exam is not their lack of ability but their lack of study habits through frequency of routine.
- In simple terms, it means not creating a successful studying habit. You don’t have to study every single day to pass but you need to create a study schedule for yourself so you can pass. Be consistent and you will be successful.
Too Many Resources
- The more resources you use, the less concentrated focus you have. See every time you get more and more resources, you’re not reiterating old information (that will help you retain and pass) but rather you’re switching your focus again to a new formatted material that you have to teach your brain to recognize.
Lets Have an Example
If I have five Medical Surgical books, two drug books, one online prep course and two cheat sheets, you’re dividing your focus into multiple areas to study rather having concentrated focus in a few areas. Guess how many resources I used to pass my NCLEX the first time? Two. The prep course I took and one review book. That’s it.
A tip: Don’t flood your mind with so many resources. All it’s going to do is waste your time. Stick to one, two or a few very good QUALITY resources and you’ll be fine.
- I know you love to do this but don’t do this only. I definitely recommend studying on your own but also take some time to study with other people. The purpose is not to have an accountability partner or partners (I doubt you need one to take the NCELX exam) but really to expose you to new information you may not be aware of.
- Because there are so many resources out there and not all your friends operate the same way, it’s beneficial to study with them because there may be things that they’re doing or understanding that will be easier or better for you to understand.
Spending too much time on the wrong specialty areas
- I’m sure the majority of you must know that the NCLEX is going to test you on your basic medical surgical nursing knowledge mostly. You may get a few labor & delivery questions here and there (p.s. it’s turn them on their left side) but don’t spend too much of your time studying maternal nursing, critical care nursing, or any other specialty areas.
A tip: Focus all your attention towards the material you were taught in your medical surgical rotations. This is where you’ll be tested the most and chances are where you may be working your first year.
No Prep Course
- Now what is probably one of the BIGGEST reasons, people do not pass the NCLEX exam? Why they fail and have to keep on taking it over and over again? No prep course.
- Now this is not to say that there aren’t people who are passing without taking a prep course but this might be one of the reasons why they’re not. I HIGHLY recommend taking a prep course if you haven’t done so or if you keep failing or both.
I am sure if you avoid these above mention mistakes, then you will got success in your NCLEX Exam. I wish you best of Luck:).
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