I graduated nursing school
in MAY 2010...I took Kaplan and only used that to study. I did all of the work, watched all the content videos and took notes, did all the practice test and almost all of the Q-bank. I was nervous taking the test my first time and when i went in i did not apply most of what i learned from Kaplan. I had 124 questions, and failed
...I was upset and embarrassed but go back to study after taking a week off.
The second time around i used multiple study aides, (i.e-NCLEX 4000, Hurst book, some of Saunders) i did a ton of questions and really reviewed my meds since my candidate report said i was below the passing standard on that section. I was very confident going in to take the test my second time. I woke up, had breakfast, got to the computer, took a deep breath, and felt very confident in my answers. The computer shut off after 75 questions and i was shocked. i looked a few questions up that i remembered and was doubtful about when i got home and i seemed to have gotten most of them right!! I even did the pearson vue trick AND GOT THE POP UP!!!! however, two days later, i looked on the quick results page and found out that i FAILED! i was even more upset this time because i really bombed the test. i got below the passing standard on more than two of the categories.
I'm lost in what i need to do to prepare for my third time taking this test. I'm confused where my weaknesses are because i feel confident in my knowledge of the information and approaching the questions. I bought Lippincott's NCLEX RN alternate-format questions book and the Lacharity book. Do you think i need to go over my content again?? Im starting to use my saunders book again to review. I need advice on what the best, most organized way to study this time would be and how i should do that!! HELLPp!!!