This is for those who have not taken boards yet. I had a mandatory review class @ my college. But what really helped me was being prepared. If u did well in school and studied so much, u actually retain the material then I suggest doing 100-150 practice questions 4-5 days/wk. I did this for 2 mo. Read the rationales on every answer so u know why u got it right or wrong. If u are doing poorly in an area, build tests with that in mind until it becomes a strength. I used Saunders Q&A and 4000 but the most helpful was the ncsbn review. (www.elearningext.com
) And they write the test questions. I paid $49 for 3 wk 24hr online access where I could build my own tests. The actual nclex is straight forward but it is not like school tests. The answers u r expecting r just not there. Thats where being prepared and having a good knowledge makes all the difference. U have to critically think out the questions. It is not a test of intelligence rather one of safety. Know your infection/ isolation precautions, your med classifications. If u have no idea what the med is and they are asking for adverse effects, look to the answer that would be most harmful or disruptive to their lifestyle. Again, its all about keeping the pt free from harm. On priority questions and this will make up a large portion of the test, read and reread all the options. Hopefully u know what is normal and thus abnormal. Think ABC's, Maslow's. Know if it is asking a nursing assessment or action. But the most important piece of advice I can give you other than being prepared is to be CALM AND FOCUSED!!!!!! Don't go and sit down at your cubicle and start doubting yourself and thinking about all the ramifications. Be confident, be focused and be calm. This is just one last test. U have taken many of them already and passed; there is no doubt u can pass the BIG ONE! The day before, do nothing but relax. Wake up on test day ready to show that dang computer what u know!!!:typing
P.S>. I got 75 questions and when it shut off, I knew I passed! I was prepared, confident, focused and calm!
GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU!!!!!