How many months/weeks did you guys/girls take to prepare for the nclex?
- 0Mar 9, '13 by Ella26, ASN, RNOnly you will know when you feel ready, I studied for both NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN for a little over a month each. I passed both first time with the minimum questions 85 for PN and 75 for RN. Just review your labs values, positioning, common meds and side effects, know your content and practice answering questions.
- 0Mar 9, '13 by ADN2BI did not start studying until I set the test date, which was three weeks. I took a break after graduation to celebrate Christmas and New Year's Eve. Then I took a week vacation. When I returned, got my ATT, set the date and practiced questions and read rationales. I passed NCLEX RN in 75 questions and did not test long enough to be offered a break. For me, the actual test date helped me to make a study plan and stick to it.
- 0Mar 10, '13 by s30zurfingThanks also for your input. I failed my first attempt and have 2 weeks until I take my second attempt. I have finished the kaplan qbank, did a few of the Saunders 5th edition cd rom questions, and am looking to finish the PDA by lacharity before my two weeks until my exam
- 0Mar 10, '13 by ADN2BI wished I had that La Charity book. Lots of test takers recommend it. I also found the NCLEX 3500 free, online questions helpful. They have a study mode where you can read rationales immediately. It also has alternative style questions with a chance to practice more SATA style. Check it out. I found Saunder's to be very helpful, too.Last edit by ADN2B on Mar 10, '13 : Reason: Add information.
- 0Mar 10, '13 by St_ClaireQuote from ADN2Bhttp://nursing.slcc.edu/nclexrn3500/mainMenu.doI wished I had that La Charity book. Lots of test takers recommend it. I also found the NCLEX 3500 free, online questions helpful. They have a study mode where you can read rationales immediately. It also has alternative style questions with a chance to practice more SATA style. Check it out. I found Saunder's to be very helpful, too.
- 0Mar 10, '13 by turnforthenurseRNOnly you will know when you are ready.
I graduated in December '10, took about a month off, started an NCLEX review course which ended up being almost a month long. We had a lot of practice questions throughout the course as "homework" and I did additional practice questions on my own time. I took the NCLEX in March. So, I waited three months.
The key is doing practice questions!!! Get a good NCLEX book. Saunders is great and so is Hogan's NCLEX-RN Reviews & Rationales (Pearson Prentice Hall). For alternative-format questions (practice with SATA questions, etc); check out THIS book.
Honestly, you will never feel 100% ready to take the NCLEX, but once you start getting a majority of your practice questions correct, that's when you should take it! Good luck!