I was using LaCharity and got up to chapter 19, but I knew I needed to be challenged more, so I took everyone's advice on here and purchased UWorld. I started my UWorld subscription on March 15th and tested for NCLEX-RN on April 25th; I used UWorld exclusively from the time I subscribed up until my exam. I found out on April 28th that I passed after 190 questions!
I had about 533 questions left in my QBANK prior to taking my exam; my overall score (not including the tests that I created using incorrect questions) was 53%. My scores on exams ranged between high 40's to high 60's (mainly scoring in the mid-50's). I also had one outlier where I scored 34%; that's what I get for trying to study at 3am in bed dozing off every other question (don't do that. haha.) I took only 1 of the RN Self-Assessments and scored 64%, placed in the 74th percentile, with a very high chance of passing.
If it helps you any, here was how I studied:
-Straight to Starbucks and studied from 5:30-10/11pm (still had to commute 45 min home)
-Took test of 75 questions *(how I remediated down below)
-Days off: did 2 tests of 75 unused questions each and 1 test of incorrect questions
Week of April 10-14th (work gave me 1 week off)
-I started my day at 9am with breakfast and watching some Netflix (it was such a luxury not having to wake up at 6am to get ready for and commute to work). I started my studying at 10am, with the same schedule as Sat-Sun with breaks every 2 hours for 15-30 min.
*I would read through ALL rationales; I went over incorrect rationales first and then the correct ones.
-Incorrect questions: I divided a notebook into systems (cardiac, peds, renal, maternity, etc.) where I would write rationales and/or draw diagrams/pictures/charts. If I wrote something similar down in the same section, it was an indicator that I needed to study that concept a little further.
-Correct questions: If it was questions I already felt comfortable with (ie, delegating tasks to UAP/LVN/new grad, which pt to give a nurse that floated to another unit, placing skills in order, etc.), I would type notes, using the notes section in UWorld to solidify my knowledge regarding the question. If my reasoning for getting the question right differed from UWorld's explanation, I would write it in my notebook.
Key things to note:
-When you take your NCLEX, you'll feel like you're taking a UWorld test.
-Questions on NCLEX are actually a bit easier to rationalize through than UWorld (you may even see some questions that are SIMILAR to questions you had on UWorld or you'll automatically know the answer to bc of UWorld's rationales.)
-Don't panic if you go beyond 75 questions; you're in it to win it so answer each question like they're #75. (I took a little breather when the break pop-ups came. I didn't leave the room; I sat at the computer, closed my eyes, took a deep breath, and said 'you got this' and kept going.)
Like many people say, don't get hung up on your scores. What matters is your understanding of why you got questions right and wrong, and your ability to rationalize questions while thinking critically. From now until the end of May (with already having started studying), that is plenty time to study and be ready for your boards as long as you stick to a dedicated study schedule.
Claim your victory and don't doubt your ability to pass this exam. I have a feeling you're gonna do great.
Best of luck to you!