What It Means If You Failed The NCLEX With 265 Questions

What It Means If You Failed The NCLEX With 265 Questions


Have you recently taken your NCLEX exam and you didn’t pass after getting all 265 questions on your NCLEX-RN exam and you don’t know why?

Has this happened to you more than once and of course all categories were what, NEAR PASSING?

So frustrating right?

Well then you definitely want to read this article to help give you some answers.

Now one thing I should say is that as an NCLEX Prep Coach, I spend time doing A LOT of research.

What I’m about to share with you is not the case for EVERY single situation but it’s what I found for many situations consistently.

This applies to people who have spent time studying for their exam, got 265 questions and failed with near passing in all categories.

Here’s the one thing I found if this identifies you.

The main thing that you are struggling with the most is CRITICAL THINKING.

Sounds like a cliche answer huh? Well let’s break this down.

If you were to go to the NCSBN website, one of the main things this exam is looking for you to do is to be able to “execute nursing judgment”.

Executing nursing judgement is how well you are able to think critically.

It’s your ability to look at the scenario and APPLY the nursing process. This is one area many test takers struggle with really understanding.

They know to study but they have no idea what it means to apply. Application.

Application demonstrates that you are a safe and competent nurse.

Let’s recall the nursing process.

As you remember the nursing process is five phases.

Assessing. Diagnosing. Planning. Implementing. Evaluating.

If you keep failing your NCLEX exam, then chances are that this means that you are missing or that you not applying, one or two or more of the phases above.

Or maybe you are applying all five but you not applying them correctly or here’s this part, in the RIGHT ORDER.

This is where a lot people miss it. They may even skip a step when it comes to each and every single question.

Getting all 265 questions is a sign that you are close but it’s also a sign you are not high enough with your current level of application of the nursing process.

It’s that your ability to think more critically is not HIGH enough for the exam to put you OVER to pass you.

The better you understand this, the better you will know how to adequately prepare and take the exam to finally pass.

Think on this, remember that the exam is weighted and you need to be ABOVE the passing standard  in all categories for it to pass you.

The reason why the exam is asking you so many questions is because the answers you are selecting are showing you are competent but not yet high enough in competency, so the computer is asking you more and more questions to truly identify if you are safe.

And by the time you finish the exam, the goal is for your entire weight to be at the above passing standard for the exam to pass you.

Let’s visualize this as a scale.

The scale on the right represents you with 265 questions and near passing in all categories and did not pass.

The scale on the left is 265 questions and the overall weight was HIGH enough to put that person at the above passing standard to pass them.

What’s causing the weight on the right to be balanced is that there was an even distribution of the number of questions someone received on the exam that were correct and that were wrong. Resulting in only a near passing score.

What’s causing the scale on the left to be unbalanced, is that one side has more questions correct than wrong and the overall weight is heavier resulting in an above passing score.




This is why some people can pass with 265 questions and some people can fail with 265 questions.

Because even though they got the same number of questions, the number of questions they got correct was “weightier” than the number they got wrong.

So in order to change your results from near passing to above passing so you can pass your exam, your focus needs to be thinking more critically.

Knowing the nursing process and then identifying it to every disease process, every drug, and every scenario.

Now that you are aware of this, let me ask you, did you take the exam but you didn’t get exactly near passing in every single category but failed with less questions?

Or maybe you did get 265 questions but that was several months ago and you’re not sure if all this still applies to you.

One thing I have found is that the better you know what exactly you are doing wrong, the better you will know what you are supposed to do differently.




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