I passed too; my strategy was as follows:

  1. For anyone who cares:
    I had 85 questions; it took about 2 hours and probably 75%-85% of them were, one way or the other, prioritization type questions. I prepared for it with the Kapplan question trainer CD (and the accompanying book to a much lesser degree) and I found it to be very effective at A.) preparing me for the higher level prioritization questions and B.) identifying my weaknesses. Numerous questions from the Kapplan question trainer CD showed up in various forms on the actual test. Prior to the test I got 6.5 hours of sleep. I woke up at 0400 hours and ate some fruit and drank 2 cups of strong coffee before heading out to the highway. I arrived at the center 2 hours early and spent that free time at a nearby restaraunt eating more fruit, drinking 2 more cups of coffee and eating handfulls of Hershie's Kisses with almonds. In between the fruit, coffee, and chocolate, I crammed as much as I could into my short term memory by reviewing the things I thought I was still weak on (it may have earned me a question or two). I walked into the center 30 minutes early and was the first person at a computer.

    My strategy while taking the test was to spend as much time as necessary critically evaluating each question and each answer during the first 75 questions. I may have spent 3 or 4 minutes or more on some of the harder questions. Time was not a factor on this test for me. My intention was to get as many of the higher level questions right as possible in the first 75 questions so as not to have to answer 265 questions as I knew I would be mentally spent after 150 or so.

    I had been out of school for 4 months prior to taking the test; I graduated from Austin Community College with a 3.75 GPA; I spent less than 2 weeks studying for it; and I made sure I was eating and sleeping right the week before the test. I took the test at 0800 in the morning and was very happy about that as I know that's when my brain batteries are at peak capacity. Regarding the Kapplan review CD thingie I mentioned, it was especially helpful in that I knew going into the NCLEX that I had already succesfully passed the NCLEX twice on my home computer. That added confidence enabled me to diminish my anxiety to a healthy and useful level. For those who are prone to debilitating test anxiety, this info might prove to be very useful. Anyways, I hope my experience with this ordeal will help someone else through it. Good luck!!!
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  3. by   sirI
    Quote from RC1
    For anyone who cares:
    I had 85 questions; it took about 2 hours and probably 75%-85% of them were, one way or the other, prioritization type questions. I prepared for it with the Kapplan question trainer CD (and the accompanying book to a much lesser degree) and I found it to be very effective at A.) preparing me for the higher level prioritization questions and B.) identifying my weaknesses. Numerous questions from the Kapplan question trainer CD showed up in various forms on the actual test. Prior to the test I got 6.5 hours of sleep. I woke up at 0400 hours and ate some fruit and drank 2 cups of strong coffee before heading out to the highway. I arrived at the center 2 hours early and spent that free time at a nearby restaraunt eating more fruit, drinking 2 more cups of coffee and eating handfulls of Hershie's Kisses with almonds. In between the fruit, coffee, and chocolate, I crammed as much as I could into my short term memory by reviewing the things I thought I was still weak on (it may have earned me a question or two). I walked into the center 30 minutes early and was the first person at a computer.

    My strategy while taking the test was to spend as much time as necessary critically evaluating each question and each answer during the first 75 questions. I may have spent 3 or 4 minutes or more on some of the harder questions. Time was not a factor on this test for me. My intention was to get as many of the higher level questions right as possible in the first 75 questions so as not to have to answer 265 questions as I knew I would be mentally spent after 150 or so.

    I had been out of school for 4 months prior to taking the test; I graduated from Austin Community College with a 3.75 GPA; I spent less than 2 weeks studying for it; and I made sure I was eating and sleeping right the week before the test. I took the test at 0800 in the morning and was very happy about that as I know that's when my brain batteries are at peak capacity. Regarding the Kapplan review CD thingie I mentioned, it was especially helpful in that I knew going into the NCLEX that I had already succesfully passed the NCLEX twice on my home computer. That added confidence enabled me to diminish my anxiety to a healthy and useful level. For those who are prone to debilitating test anxiety, this info might prove to be very useful. Anyways, I hope my experience with this ordeal will help someone else through it. Good luck!!!
    Just wanted to say, "Drum roll please".............

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

  4. by   RC1
    Thank You. Thank you.
  5. by   michelle95
    congrats! Glad it's over with, aren't you?

    :hatparty:
  6. by   BabyRN2Be
    congratulations! bet you're glad that's over.


    sounds like a great strategy! it worked for you and you've passed the nclex!

    one more time:
    congratulations!!



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