You may need to evaluate the level of your nursing knowledge and how you apply it. One way that I suggest to my students is to practice on a lot of the alternate format questions. These questions require a bit more than just the simple multiple choice answers. Also focus on prioritization, ABC's, and Maslow's hierarchy, nursing assessment vs implementation questions. Read your questions carefully making sure that you understand what is being asked. Rationales! Rationales! Rationales! I encourage my students to give rationales for their answers also for the ones that they have eliminated, so that you understand why these are not good choices. Do not overanalyze the questions. Focus! Focus! Focus!
Finally, I would recommend that you find a tutor who can help you to develop test strategies. Remember the NCLEX is based on nursing theory not real world experience.
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I practiced SATA questions by doing the following: 1. Every multiple choice question is treated like a SATA question. That is you understand why a question is not valid and why one is selected. 2. Know core information - so you can explain side effects and interventions of a nurse 3. learn pharm endings and side effects of the pharm endings, understand Pharm classifications - including major side effects.
Each SATA answer is treated as a single question in my head. Does the answer I am reading answer the "precise" question asked. If I am unsure or have never seen it, the answer is no.
The Davis Success cd had SATA questions on them. So I practiced with that.
The trick to the NCLEX for me was to understand "core" content. Not to memorize every little item. Hurst has a review on core content, Feuer has 11 hours of lecture on it, the Exam Cram by Pearson Vue summarizes the core content that I speak of. (Med Surg).
I liked Hurst and Feuer combined for my core content. Hurst helped me to think on my feet for basic or core information, and Feuer provided all of the rest of the material I needed for the NCLEX. Davis Success was used just to make sure I knew the information, and the test questions can be made specific to the area that you are studying so it is much faster than going over every little item. You study and test areas you are weak on. Each area studied is studied until a passing grade is received in that area.
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