NCLEX preparation approach -- 5 questions

  1. thanks for the help --

    i already have a job and will need to pass on my first try -- I have about 6 weeks.

    i have already done some review and practice tests and would like to focus with the right materials. I am not doing well-- but I am doing better and I am motivated and will work to succeed.

    based on the comments on this board, it seems that going through Saunders Review + Q&A is worthwhile

    my questions are what else to do. I know some of the common questions below have been asked and answered before. but i'd value additional input where even the briefest of replies are appreciated and could be right on point. Thanks again.

    1) what are the best tests to use for preparation -- Kaplan, HESI, NCLEX 3000, Mosby CAT, MEdsPub, Delmar?

    2) slightly different question -- which tests are the most accurate indicator (and what is the % level) for likelihood of passing NCLEX. In other words, how can one know when one is ready?

    3) what books in addition to Saunders would you buy. There is a Davis Review book by Lagerquest that is packed with material --is it too much? Are there any great reviews for additional materials for certain subject areas (maternity, pharm)? Was it worthwhile reviewing school materials?

    4) please --- are the 3-4 day live review courses such as medspub, drexel, worthwhile? One student said they were good if taken 2 weeks before test. I realize that they may be overpriced, but I specifically want to know if (and how) it would be a benefit as an early or late review tool or would it be a waste of time.

    5) i'm assuming that preparation should be 2/3 questions and 1/3 review. Am I wrong? Currently I'm reviewing rationales and making notes to a growing table in WORD. Is there a more sophisticated system?

    thanks again --
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  3. by   TexasCCRN
    Quote from spotter
    thanks for the help --

    i already have a job and will need to pass on my first try -- I have about 6 weeks.

    i have already done some review and practice tests and would like to focus with the right materials. I am not doing well-- but I am doing better and I am motivated and will work to succeed.

    based on the comments on this board, it seems that going through Saunders Review + Q&A is worthwhile

    my questions are what else to do. I know some of the common questions below have been asked and answered before. but i'd value additional input where even the briefest of replies are appreciated and could be right on point. Thanks again.

    1) what are the best tests to use for preparation -- Kaplan, HESI, NCLEX 3000, Mosby CAT, MEdsPub, Delmar?

    2) slightly different question -- which tests are the most accurate indicator (and what is the % level) for likelihood of passing NCLEX. In other words, how can one know when one is ready?

    3) what books in addition to Saunders would you buy. There is a Davis Review book by Lagerquest that is packed with material --is it too much? Are there any great reviews for additional materials for certain subject areas (maternity, pharm)? Was it worthwhile reviewing school materials?

    4) please --- are the 3-4 day live review courses such as medspub, drexel, worthwhile? One student said they were good if taken 2 weeks before test. I realize that they may be overpriced, but I specifically want to know if (and how) it would be a benefit as an early or late review tool or would it be a waste of time.

    5) i'm assuming that preparation should be 2/3 questions and 1/3 review. Am I wrong? Currently I'm reviewing rationales and making notes to a growing table in WORD. Is there a more sophisticated system?

    thanks again --
    The best review and way to prepare period is the Hurst Review. You can even check it out at www.hurstreview.com. They do have a 4 day live review that is soooo very worth it. If you can not make it to one of the sites of the live reviews they have a video review or an online review. Go to the website and watch a sample lecture. If you do this review they will give you all the material that you need to pass. No need to buy 50 books, etc. It is too much information. Hurst review gives you a condensed course and a sample mock NCLEX and teaches you in a way that is funny, keeps you attention and you will remember! I hope you check it out. Good luck and please PM me if you have any questions. I say this because i took this review myself!
  4. by   supernurse007
    I was wondering if you would be willing to share the printed material you received from the hurst review. I was looking for practice questions on prioritization and delgation. In the hurst review did they go over any herbal meds?
    Last edit by Nurse Ratched on Jun 28, '05

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