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I am a Canadian diploma RN of >10 years studying for the NCLEX. Few years ago I took the Kaplan course and failed. Honestly though I did not study much. Now I am very determined. I am considering a study group or tutor. Anyone else within the Toronto area (or specifically Brampton) also studying for the NCLEX?
I'm in the opposite situation - from the US and working towards my license in Canada. I took the NCLEX in October and passed on the first attempt with 75 questions. I didn't take a Kaplan class but I do hear good things, although they mostly teach you strategies for success - ie. how to read the questions and pick the right answer as opposed to teaching nursing knowledge. I did use their online testbank to practice test questions. I had to study entirely by myself because I moved to Canada right after graduation. Of course it helped being educated in a US nursing program because they base test questions on NCLEX, the way you learn little things about the CRNE in Canadian programs.
Just remember that the NCLEX and CRNE are very different exams - NCLEX has more concrete questions requiring more in-depth nursing knowledge. You'll see most questions have multiple answers that are correct and you have to choose the best one, or it will ask you an "all of the above except", or "select all that apply". Be sure to read each question properly and look for the strategic words - it's very easy to overlook them and then pick the wrong answer.
I would highly recommend the "Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination" (4th Ed). It's honestly the only thing I used to study for the exam. It's about 1200 pages with each chapter being dedicated to a particular body system and it's medications and then has practice questions with rationales and a CD-ROM included. It'll teach you everything you need to know for the exam. Even has test taking strategies specifically for NCLEX.
Also, don't forget to learn how the NCLEX works - it's computerized and scores while you take it. So you might only have 75 questions and finish in 45mins like I did, or take 6 hours and do the whole exam. If you get a question right, it gives you a harder question than the one you answered. If you miss a question, it will give you an easier question instead. Make sure you're familiar with the exam technicalities.