I took my NCLEX-RN this morning, cut off at 75 questions, went home did the pearson Vue Trick and got the pop up. Have tried it several times since this morning and I keep getting it, Hopefully it means I passed.
I had 20-30 Select All That Apply, A lot of Priority and a few delegation, 1 EKG strip.
Now, I simply want to tell you about my experience, how I prepared and what I think is the most helpful thing/things.
A) I finished my program this past December, roughly a month ago. I took HURST Live; would I take it again? Probably Not. It is a good program for content, but I feel that for what you pay, you can get another book [Saunders, maybe?] and review the content on your own. Remember, we know more than what we think; we went through school for several semesters, passed exams, graduated, so that has to mean something right? There is NOO way that you are going to know EVERYTHING/ALL the content, but the important thing is to have a good grasp/general idea of every single topic in nursing. -- After doing the 3 days HURST Review, the following week I read the book they provided us with again and then I did questions.. <<---- To me, this was the key. Once you study content for max 2-3 weeks from any source [Nursing is Nursing] then start doing practice questions 2-3 weeks before the exam, every day. Read rationales for right and wrong answers and UNDERSTAND why it was RIGHT or WRONG. I completed around 1500 practice questions, most of them came from Question Trainer 1-7 thanks to a very special person/friend.
B) DONT FOCUS TOO MUCH on what % you are getting!! I did this and on some you go up, on some you go down and it honestly started to freak me out, it puts uneeded pressure. The key is to do at least 150 questions per day, break the question down, analyze if each answer provided answers the main question. Once you are done, again, review rationales. Answering quetions on a daily basis before your exams builds mental indurance, gets you in the groove of analyzing questions so on test day, you are simply doing another set of questions..
C) NCLEX 4000, Kaplan Questios are good questions, dont rush through practice sets, take your time, get in a groove of doing things.
D) Its ok to feel and be nervous, everyone is and will be, but once you get close to your test day, build up confidence, believe in yourself and have faith. I had a hard time doing this because as mentioned, its ok to feel vulnerable.. But I prayed, I changed negative thoughts with positive ones and you have to believe that you can do this!! Dont go with a "I am going to/I might fail" mentality, go there like you are the baddest person ever and remember, YOU KNOW THIS!!!!!
E) Apart from revieiwing content for 2-3 weeks and doing A LOT of questions, there is no specific way to prepare for this test. You will see things you have not heard of, but this is where practicing questions, critical thinking/analyzing comes in, breaking down that question and asking yourself if each answer makes sense.
Be Confident, Believe in yourself, Believe in God, Have Faith, Pray, if you believe it, you can do it!!