Thanks so much for all the replies. To answer why I waited so long to take the test, I felt it would be better for me to work for a little while as a Grad Nurse Tech in order to gain some experience and start thinking "like a nurse," and it paid off - I found it easier to contemplate the questions and answers, because I thought, "What would I
do" rather than some abstract mental picture of what a nurse would do/say. I took my test last Friday, and passed with 75 questions! I think what helped me the most was when I finally calmed down and stopped getting frustrated at missing so many practice questions. It's impossible to know every answer to every question, so I started focusing on how to 1. determine what the question is really asking, and 2. picking an answer based on all the answer-picking tips, like if there are two answers that are very similar, it's more than likely not one of those, so now it's narrowed down to two; if three answers don't fit the question, then the answer is the fourth choice, even if I have no idea what the fourth choice is/means/does, etc. Once I started practicing choosing
an answer rather than just picking one, I started doing better and stressing less, and when I took the actual NCLEX, I felt more confident about the answers I didn't actually know, because at least I had a process to help me choose, rather than just a shot in the dark. I would highly recommend reading "NCLEX for Dummies" along with your practice tests, it gives great advice on how to choose answers based on different types of questions. It's not a great material review, though, so make sure you have a good review book as well! Good luck to everyone who'll be taking it next!
azco0402, RN, BSN