Already taken the NCLEX? Quick (really) question.

  1. hi rns,

    i am taking the nclex this saturday. my really quick question is this: are the actual questions on the test harder than, easier than or about the same as the practice questions? i have studied using medspub, saunders, mosby, thomson, lippincott, and kaplan questions. thanks! wish me luck!

    regards, susan
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  3. by   nurturing_angel
    I do wish you much luck. Sounds like you have done lots of prep work so take a day to relax. You will do fine. I took my NCLEX eons ago but I did not find them too difficult. I used Saunders and Mosby to prepare.

    Good Luck and welcome to the world of nursing!!!!

  4. by   rdsxfnrn
    hard one to answer, no 2 are alike........... i can tell u this, it will be unlike any other test u have taken and u will be sure u failed. that being said, it sounds like u r well prepared. u will b fine. let us know.
  5. by   babbu
    Hi Susan,

    The actual NCLEX is harder than Saunders, and Lippincott. I did a couple of Saunders and lippincott tests and found that i was scoring well on those.I never used the Mosby, MedsPub, and Thomson so cant say much about that. I did the complete Kaplan course which includes question banks and question trainers. If you have taken the kaplan course then you will find the nclex questions easier. The Kaplan questions are designed to be harder than the NCLEX, so when you take the real test you will find it easier. I passed with 75 questions. By the time i took my test i had done about 2500-3000 questions and 90% were Kaplan questions. I hope i answered your questions. Goodluck for the test.!!!
  6. by   JSBoston
    I felt like Kaplan was the most like the boards in my opinion, but all of the others are great too.
  7. by   JustEnuff2BDangerous
    I took the Kaplan course, completed every question trainer and question bank, and passed with 75 questions in about an hour and 15 minutes. I thought Kaplan was, on the whole, much harder than the actual NCLEX questions. There were of course NCLEX questions that stumped me but in general I felt very well prepared by Kaplan (after I found out I passed of course, ha)
  8. by   SusanKathleen, RN
    Thanks!! Your responses were a big help. Now if I could just remember where my confidence went!
  9. by   neonatal_nurse
    I agree with the first post, you've done a good job preparing for it! Pat yourself in the back for that!

    The actual questions i might say are a bit similar, construction wise, not exactly duplicate, but you'll get an idea on how to attack it if you've prepared well. Otherwise, you'll dismiss it as too easy, and may actually make mistakes.

    Good Luck!
  10. by   Dixieloublue
    I took the NCLEX on October 1st and used Kaplan. Passed at 75 questions and it took about an hour. I thought the Kaplan questions were slightly more difficult.
  11. by   esthomprn
    I used kaplan and i felt like i was doing the kaplan questions all over again. To me it was the same I was done in less than an hour with 75 question. I think you are well prepared and you will be fine. I will pray for you
  12. by   rngolfer53
    Quote from susankathleen
    hi rns,

    i am taking the nclex this saturday. my really quick question is this: are the actual questions on the test harder than, easier than or about the same as the practice questions? i have studied using medspub, saunders, mosby, thomson, lippincott, and kaplan questions. thanks! wish me luck!

    regards, susan
    i used saunders and mosby primarily. as others have said, the nclex seems harder than any of the practice questions.

    i say "seems" because while i felt truly comfortable with few of my answers while taking the nclex, it shut off after 75 questions, and i passed.

    so, my perception is that the nclex was really hard, yet the results were fine.

    relax the day before--do something enjoyable and don't study--get a good night's rest, and when you start the test, don't get worried if the questions make you feel like you never went to nursing school.

    best of luck to you. :d
  13. by   Silverdragon102
    Moved to the NCLEX forum

    Good luck
  14. by   KAYBDT6
    wish you da best!

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