First time I didn't pass I had Kaplan prep integrated into my school program..I did everything they said and was meeting their scores and didn't pass the first time 265 questions in 5.5 hours. It was the worst feeling ever. I was then super motivated and I made sure I would pass the second time and I did with 75 questions in 2 hours in 15 min. This is what I did to study:
1. Kaplan for time management all qbanks, question trainers, sample q banks. Also used their review of questions videos on how to attack questions (not the review of content videos-did that first time around and didnt help me)
2. Used Saunders Comprehensive for a content review of my weak areas and did some questions at the end of the chapters if I was weak in those areas
3. Exam Cram (5 tests) found it online for know it or you don't questions aka content -easy questions
4. Saunders Q and A review- goof for content, practacing SATA, and how to order questions
5. PDA by la Charity for priority questions
In general, I went over wrong and right answers for all tests. I made a document broken up by content sections with notes of what I didn't get right and I looked them up in Saunders Comprehensive and added some details to my notes.
I broke up each week by content area going from largest percentage. ..management of care to psych. I did about 150 questions a day or more when I did tests. I did a total of about 6500 questions and focused on my weak areas. I also had my bf change my FB password until after the exam-seeing my classmates pass and getting jobs didn't help my self-esteem and help me focus.
No matter how much you review, you will never know everything-you just have to use your common sense and judgement when attacking the exam and make sure you take YOUR TIME. I shut off my timer and counter so I could be less anxious and I took breaks (unscheduled and scheduled) when I was getting restless...I went to the bathroom and washed my face w/cold water. I also kept repeating "my name, RN" to myself the day before the test, before I went to bed, and during the test. When I got anxious during the test, I closed my eyes and pictured seeing my name on the BRN website.
I hope this helps. You can do it!!!