What To Do Immediately After Failing The Exam

What To Do Immediately After Failing The Exam


When it comes to the NCLEX exam, a big fear of nursing graduates is failure, particularly if they have previously experienced failure on the exam. Unfortunately, when this occurs, many nurse graduates do not make the best decisions after not passing, which continues to keep them in the same position.

If you learn that you failed the NCLEX exam, immediately take the following steps:


  • Don’t panic.


I know the first initial reaction is to panic and go into a deep spell of discouragement and despondency, but do not stay there. Allow yourself to get through your emotions for a couple of days and then quickly pull yourself out. Tell yourself that it’s not the end of the world and then there are other people who have passed after failing before.


  • Obtain your results.


One of the worst mistakes that an NCLEX test taker can make after failing the exam is to not read their results or simply throw them away. But test results are important so you can review why exactly you did not pass. How can you pass a test if you never evaluated what you did wrong? You may not completely understand your results but your results can tell you a lot about what went wrong and where to focus for a retest.


  • Evaluate what you did.


The more time spent tracking a task will yield greater results in the end. So you want to go back and evaluate and ask yourself what exactly did you really do to prepare for your exam. Ask the following questions:

  1. Was I consistent with my studying routine or did I get distracted at any point in time?
  2. What resources did I consistently use?
  3. How long did I study for?
  4. How did I feel when I was studying? (confident, confused, etc)

If you failed the exam, go ahead and take these initial steps now so you can evaluate what you need to do moving forward.

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