Dress rehearsal ..."the HESI Test"....
This test is supposed to be VERY VERY similar to the state board exam we will take after graduation. Yeah, remember, I may graduate but I can't be licensed until the great state of California says I know how-to be a nurse.
The state exam is a bit tricky. Let me explain. Firstly, it's timed but I hear you have five hours and that is MORE than enough time. Secondly, it's all on computer. Next, once you answer a question you can not go back.
Also, there are several types of questions;
1) multiple guess (ops, I mean choice)
2) choose all that apply from a list of about 5-7 possible choices
3) then a fill in the blank (either a number or word)
4) an anatomy marker (put an X on this body part, etc.).
And here is the real kicker...if you get a question wrong and for example it is a pediatrics related question, the computer says to its mighty self, "humm, Student Nurse is weak in the Peds area, HA!, let's give her more questions on Peds" (insert devilish laughs).
Can you believe it!!! That's just cruel!!!
The test then continues until the computer just shuts off. At that point you have no idea if it shut off because you were doing well or because you were doing badly. Some folks can have theirs shut off after not too much time has passed and other sit for hours. Neither knows why. The results take approximately 30 days to be mailed to you. You are not issued a grade just pass or fail.
Anyways, today's test wasn't so sophisticated but it was 160 questions long and I got an 88%. Sweeeeeet!
*doing the happy dance*
..... it gives me hope, that's all.