I just finished my nclex exam & came home & got the good popup. After reading so many blogs I was a nervous wreck going in but I have to say it really wasn't nearly as hard as I imagined. I had only 75 questions. Over half were SATA it seemed. SATA was an area of weakness for me but I pushed through. I was actually disappointed each time I didn't get a SATA question after a while. I honestly don't think nclex was as hard as everyone says. Yes - I studied & I studied hard from the day I graduated May 18 - July 2. I had a 3.97 GPA. I scored 937 on exit HESI. I took Kaplan course & scored 73.3 on readiness test. I was determined not to fail NCLEX. I already have a job that begins July 21. I had the extra pressure of passing since I already have a job lined up. There were 150 applicants for the job so I knew there were plenty of people waiting to snatch it from me if I failed nclex.
My advice would be to study. I think I over studied by about 2 weeks. I did the entire Kaplan Qbank & all the question trainers. Maybe being prepared is what helped me & made the test seem reasonable & pretty basic. I wish I had done more SATA but it's a little too late to worry about that. I felt good walking out of the test. All I ever read was people feeling like they bombed so I want to let everyone know there is a different side to the story. If you put in the effort the results will show it.
At the test, I wrote on my whiteboard to "go slow" and "go with what you know". That was the best advice I got & it works. Good luck & relax. The questions are not nearly as hard as Kaplan or Hesi. If you have any questions about preparing I'd love to help in any way that I can for you to pass. You got this!!