Kaplan versus Nclec Questions

  1. Hi Everyone,
    My question is for anyone who took Kaplan cource and also took Nclex RN as well. I want to know if the questions for Nclex are similar to Kaplan's questions or not? I mean as far as pattern and concept matters because I beleive that Kaplans questions are pretty hard as well. Any input will be appreciated, Thanks & Blessings.:smilecoffeecup:
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  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   mazeRN
    NCLEX questions are much harder than anything imaginable (to my experience. case to case though). But Kaplan questions are definitely of big help especially on critical thinking. Utilize Saunders for content and practise on Kaplan questions several weeks before the exam (and include a lot of prayers) and you will see good results. :smilecoffeecup:
  4. by   hlfpnt
    I didn't take Kaplan's review, but I did use the question trainer because I liked the analysis at the end of each test. I thought Kaplan's format was very similar, but thought NCLEX had a much higher degree of difficulty than Kaplan. As far as actual study goes, I'm a big fan of Suzanne's plan & Saunders. Good luck to you!
  5. by   Joanne1033
    I took Kaplan before the Nclex and (THANKFULLY) passed the Nclex the first time. I don't think the questions were similar ....i think the content for Nclex is kind of random. YET, I don't think I would have passed without Kaplan. The importance is the way they teach you to answer the question....to determine if the question is asking for assessment or intervention.....remember the ABC's....teach priorities.....the three "pains" that are not considered psychosocial.......and MOST IMPORTANT THE WAY KAPLAN TEACHES YOU to ELIMINATE the wrong answers.......to find the correct. ....INstead of simply choosing what you feel is correct. This definetely helped me answer questions correctly even when I was unfamiliar with the concept or content. Hope this helps. Joanne
  6. by   Anjum
    Thanks all it does help but pressure is on now. Keep me in prayers.
  7. by   TheCommuter
    I did not enroll in the Kaplan course. However, I purchased the Kaplan review book as an adjunct to the Saunders Comprehensive Review book. My opinion is that the Kaplan book helped me far more thany other review book I could have ever used. Most of the NCLEX questions were very similar to the scenarios found in the Kaplan review book.

    Good luck!
  8. by   Sheri257
    I wouldn't say the questions were exactly the same but I thought overall, questions were very similar. Even some of the content was very similar. Content I didn't see anywhere else but Kaplan ended up on the exam.

    The whole time I was taking the exam I kept thinking ... geez, this is just like Kaplan. I went through half a dozen NCLEX guides and I feel Kaplan was the best prep bar none.

    :typing
  9. by   Sheri257
    Quote from Joanne1033
    ... and MOST IMPORTANT THE WAY KAPLAN TEACHES YOU to ELIMINATE the wrong answers.......to find the correct. ....INstead of simply choosing what you feel is correct. This definetely helped me answer questions correctly even when I was unfamiliar with the concept or content. Hope this helps. Joanne
    I agree. It teaches you not to panic if you don't know something right off the bat and, basically, game the test. And, it teaches you not to jump to what you immediately think is the right answer without checking everything else out out first.

    As I've said before, I can't say enough good things about Kaplan. It does live up to the hype. Worth every penny, IMO.

    :typing
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Feb 15, '07
  10. by   Narine
    Quote from lizz
    I wouldn't say the questions were exactly the same but I thought overall, questions were very similar. Even some of the content was very similar. Content I didn't see anywhere else but Kaplan ended up on the exam.

    The whole time I was taking the exam I kept thinking ... geez, this is just like Kaplan. I went through half a dozen NCLEX guides and I feel Kaplan was the best prep bar none.

    :typing
    Lizz...What type of Kaplan preparation did you use and what was the price?
    How much time it took ? I did call to Kaplan nursing they said they have 3 month courses only.I thought to take smth for 1 month.
    I have Kaplan's book for strategy...Do you think it would be enough ?
  11. by   Sheri257
    I thought the strategy book was very good but, once I got into it, I felt I really needed to understand their testing approach better and do a lot more practice questions. I also wanted to do their content review because, even though I had done a lot of review already, I thought theirs was better.

    So, I bought both the online course and the Q bank. With the online course you don't need to worry about going to any classes.

    It was very expensive ... $350 for the course, which includes the Question Trainer and a lot of other stuff ... and $350 for the Q bank. A lot of times you can get hospitals to pay for at least some of it but, I didn't have that option with my future employer.

    Nevertheless, I do feel it was worth every penny. I wish I had started with Kaplan from the beginning.

    :typing
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Feb 16, '07
  12. by   Narine
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    Last edit by Narine on Feb 17, '07
  13. by   Narine
    Thanks Lizz....but I am so pressed for time to take 3-4 month course.
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