I relied on this forum heavily after I failed my nclex on July 3rd. I want to give those of you who are currently in the same situation I was in some hope! For the first exam, I made to awful and ignorant mistake of thinking, I just passed nursing school
so I don't need to study. I BOMBED in 75 questions. The day I got my results I was devastated. Cried. Had to tell 3 job opportunities that I failed. The very next day, I picked myself up off the floor, vowed to give it my all and make my second attempt a success. I was so fortunate to have friends that shared their online study tools with me. This is what I did:
I did Kaplan trainer. about 800 questions, reading EVERY SINGLE RATIONALE
I did all 7 Kaplan tests, scoring on average 57-60.
I then moved on to Saunders and did about another 400 questions and again, reading every single rationale. I used the study mode and focused on the content area. This was key in how they gave information in the rationale. I learned so much here.
I also used Kaplan Nclex
RN Strategies, Practice and Review. VERY useful in helping me pick correct answer when I have NO idea what the topic was. INVALUABLE strategies.
In all I did about 2000 questions. I saw many questions on my NCLEX from the Saunders book.
I hope this helps!!