All NCLEX Re-testers

  1. If you took the NCLEX more than one time and passed, share with us your story on how you prepared differently to pass the NCLEX.

    PS ~~ It doesn't matter if you took 2 or 6 times, what did you do differently for studying that you believe made a difference in passing the NCLEX, compared to your prior test studying techniques?
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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   Nursing28
    First time I took NCLEX (7/28/06) I used Kaplan. Studid most of the book that came along w/it and did the 90% of q-bank and all the question trainer. Took all 265 questions and failed. Most of my questions were peds and ob. Didn't study too much of peds and was not focused. Failed. Took 2 weeks off due to depression. Second time around, studied the Saunder's comprehensive book. Did all the questions that was in the book and did the questions again in the book. What I didn't understand, I went back to the content and kept reading it ad trying to figure out why the answer was wrong. And when I did that it stuck in my head. Went and brought the Saunder's Q & A book and it came w/a great CD inside. Inside that CD it had over 5000 questions. I went to the "study mode" and did every system (took me forever but got throught it). For example, they had Pharm questions only (about 500 questions). I did all that and took notes then moved on to peds and so forth. After I had finished that, I gave myself a week to review my notes prior to the exam. days before the test, I RELAXED. Did not open up no book, went out w/boyfriend, did my hair and spent times w/friends. The day of the test, so nervous, boyfriend calmed me down and wentin there....sat down...still nervous....they through me my first ob question...sat there and thought to myself, what are they asking me? Eliminate the two answers I knew wasn't right and picked the answer and it kept going and I end up stopping at 102. Thought to myself it wasn't that bad where I thought I failed. 3 days after the exam, found out I passed. Oh and by the way I also did ONLY question trainer 6 and 7 from Kaplan.
  4. by   dimplez
    Thank you....I am currently doing Kaplan book and Qbank....I failed the first time around....I did Saunders book and CD at first and I didn't pass, had 205 questions for LPN....I know I was nervous...but content was not my issue...so now I am trying Kaplan....

    Also how many questions did you study a day and how many did you do before retaking the exam....How long did it take you to retake the exam? I am currently two months from my last exam, I took off about 3 weeks when I failed....
  5. by   Nursing28
    I did about 200 to 300 a day and studied from 1:00p to about midnight minus all the breaks i took in between. Hmm let see.. I took my exam 7/28 and failed then re-took it 10/02/06...about 2 months...good luck. Stay really focused on question trainer 6 & 7....that is similar to the test....
  6. by   zuzi
    For me was only one attempt. And I passed.
    My advice THE ONLY ADVICE, fallow the Suzanne plan is worked!
    And if you want a confirmation after you fallow step by step Suzanne plan try Mosby CAT , I did it and I was scared....more than 90% changes to pass NCLEX...Suzanne's plan was worked! Thank you Suzanne again!
  7. by   dimplez
    I am sorry to sound slow, but what is question trainer? Is that the same as Qbank?
  8. by   inkbh
    Quote from dimplez
    I am sorry to sound slow, but what is question trainer? Is that the same as Qbank?
    i also want to know what is question trainer 6 & 7.

    Thanks
  9. by   marxsoft
    Kaplan Q-trainers 6 and 7 are from Kaplan's Q-trainer test bank. Q-bank and Q-trainer are two different test banks.
  10. by   inkbh
    Quote from marxsoft
    Kaplan Q-trainers 6 and 7 are from Kaplan's Q-trainer test bank. Q-bank and Q-trainer are two different test banks.
    where i can get Kaplan's Q-trainer test bank. Should i buy it and where?

    Thanks.
  11. by   marxsoft
    The Q-trainer comes with their review course for the NCLEX-RN. Check out their website for more info. The actual test felt like Q-trainer 7. I felt it was very helpful to me.
  12. by   inkbh
    what web site? can you tell me?
  13. by   dimplez
    I am going to search their website....I already have the Qbank but what is the Qtrainer...
  14. by   dimplez
    Ok so this is not for me only for RN I am taking the LPN....

    here is a link I found...

    NCLEX-RN Complete

    Then go under Comprehensive Courses in the left hand pane

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