I’ll jump in! First of all, bless this forum and thread, it kept me from going off the deep end while awaiting official news one way or another.
Took NCLEX-RN in Ohio on 7/24. I chose to move my test date up from 7/26 because I started to not sleep and couldn’t tolerate food from all the anxiety. I had to take the test and just get it over with. There was nothing more I could do in uWorld and there was nothing more I could listen to with Mark Klemik that would make or break me at that point.
I suprisingly relaxed at the testing center. I flew through the tutorial just to get to the good stuff. Finally my first question popped up and it felt like a middle tier neuro question. On and on I went… the test was weird though, I felt encouraged that I saw strings of SATA back to back, but I felt unconfident with a check mark here or there, and I rarely felt 100% confident with any of the multiple choice. All of the questions really make you read, and read again, and then think outside of the box. Not one question was cut and dry like in uWorld or even some of my nursing school exams. So while I felt clueless and wondered where I went wrong with my studying, I stayed encouraged that the questions seemed of a higher difficulty instead of getting something like “is a potassium of 6.5 bad”?
When I reached question 40 I took a pee break. I promised myself not to stress over time, and I budgeted to take small stretch breaks for the long haul.
Finally I got to question 75. The pattern of the test remained the same, a SATA or 2 here and there. A who would you see first here and there. I had 3 math, one of which I thought was higher difficulty because it dealt with a Pitocin drip and needed conversion to get the right mL/hr. My 75th question was about an anticoagulant. I answered it and then the computer bounced me over to the research questions. I felt panicked!! I wanted more questions. I felt so uneasy that I bombed the SATA and chose just enough wrong responses on more basic stuff that the computer had enough of me. I called the Proctor over right away and told her I didnt want to do the research questions (I felt like garbage). She exited me out of the exam, and I just had to complete a survey about the testing center.
15 minutes later I got the standard Pearson email that I finished the exam. When I got home 45 minutes later I did the PVT with dread. I got the good pop up! I wasn’t convinced, I said it must have been too early. So I did it again an hour later and then again and again and again throughout the day. Still the good pop up! I said to myself, surely there is a mistake, I’ll check it after midnight, maybe the system has to reset or something. Checked it again after midnight, guess what? Still the good pop up! Then to my delight, on 7/25 @ 7am I woke up to a wonderful email from the Ohio Board of Nursing with my nursing license information.
I passed that beast in 75 and the PVT WORKS!!! Good luck all