I know people who have taken Kaplan & really believe in it. 4 people (including me) took Kaplan for our second attempt at NCLEX & all of us failed. Honestly, I cannot say that I gave it my all when it came to studying, so I am not going to say anything derogatory about Kaplan. My friend on the other hand, thought it was a waste of time. I do think that from what I have seen, they are the only ones who have questions set up the same as NCLEX, in terms of how the questions are asked. Also, I had at least 5 questions on my last test that were word-for-word from my Kaplan Question Trainer CD! I am not kidding! I took the online course which cost $349. I know someone else who took the more expensive online course & got more materials (such as a math calculations book & lots more practice questions & some sort of video). Also, the more expensive one comes with a money-back guarantee. The course that I took did not have that. I guess if you're going to do it, & if you can afford it, go with the one that offers the money-back guarantee. My friend that I am studying with now is taking the on site Kaplan course. They met for one week with an instructor. During that time, they did a Diagnostic test, & he taught them the test-taking strategies, which I also learned from my online course. Now that the week long course has ended, she just goes to the site to listen to the lectures on video, & do practice tests. The other NCLEX books
that I have seen do not have questions set up the same as Kaplan, but in my opinion, they are good for reinforcing material. Good luck.