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‘I answered 20,000 test questions before taking the test’ – PNLE Top 3 from BSU

Updated: Dec 5, 2023

How many mock tests should you take while preparing for the board exam?

For the November 2023 Philippine Nurses Licensure Examination (PNLE) top 3, he answered 15,000 – 20,000 questions before the board exams.

Dusty Kawi of Puguis, La Trinidad, Benguet was determined to pass the licensure test and to fulfill his mother’s dream so he made sure of his preparations.

In an interview with GURU Press Cordillera, Kawi who graduated from Benguet State University in July this year relayed he observed a “no break rule” during his review. This rule means not letting a day pass by without going over his notes whether for a long or short period of time.

“Also, part of my review was answering practice questions, actually if I would sum it up, I have answered nearly 15,000 - 20,000 questions during my review season,” he added.

For him, answering many mock tests enhances test-taking skills and improves mental endurance. He said this was always his technique in preparing for exams since college.

In spite of his rigorous review and preparation, Kawi noted that rest is also an essential part of the review so he always made sure to sleep at 10:00 p.m. and then continue reading the next morning.

Nursing not a first choice

The topnotcher revealed that nursing was his last choice, but he ended up taking it after realizing that it is what he truly wants and it is his mom’s dream. His mother wanted to be a nurse but financial constraints kept her from achieving it.

“And one more thing, I am a people-person and want to interact and help people that are in need of my care,” he added.

Fighting against pressure

The pressure that comes with being a Magna Cum Laude and cluster valedictorian was also felt by Kawi while he was preparing for the board exam. It is that feeling of having to pass and even top the PNLE to meet people’s expectations.

“It added a bit of stress for me but it also motivated me to push and work hard for my dream and my school’s dream,” he said.

Kawi likewise relayed that among the struggles he faced in his review was being away from home for the first time and also being burned out.

Prayed to just pass

While it was his dream to top the PNLE, Kawi realized sooner that he was okay with just simply passing it after experiencing how difficult the test was.

“My prayer after the exam was just to pass, and I never expected to top,” he admitted.

Meantime, now that he is a registered nurse, Kawi shares that while he doesn’t yet have a definite plan on what to do next, he always wanted to teach and mold the next generation of nurses in the country. Working at the hospital, he added, is also an option.



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