I began studying as soon as I signed up and took the test exactly one week later. I got a B. I studied for a total of 13 hours (including the time it took to take the practice exams).
I used the following materials to study: Mystudygroup101 notes, Fundamentals of Nursing textbook (old, 6th edition), Mosby's review cards for the NCLEX-RN examination (basically just nclex questions on notecards), Excelsior content guide, Excelsior Practice Exams.
Honestly I think the NCLEX questions, the Excelsior content guide sample questions, and the Excelsior practice exams helped me the most. I would take notes on the rationals for everything I got wrong, or wasn't sure about and then review those. My Saunders book is held up in the postal system; I have heard that it is great material as well.
On the Excelsior exam content practice guide (before any studying/reading at all) I got a 74%
On the Mystudyguide 101 1st practice test (multiple choice section only) I scored a 72%
On the Excelsior Practice test Form A I got a 72%
On the Excelsior Practice test Form B I got a 68%
I received a B
on the real Exam.
I am an LPN, this course contains nursing concepts that originally took me a long time to grasp. If you are an EMT or anything besides a nurse, I would strongly suggest studying for twice the amount I did...unless of course you are suuuuppper suuuper smart or having amazing retention or understand nursing culture well already.
Just my two cents
I'm posting this because all the posts other nurses have made on here really helped me decide how and what to study, and I'd like to continue on that tradtion!