Sorry to hear about that, but you can do it and dont give up!! did you review your weakest areas from the Kaplan assessment analysis? Regarding Saunders, did you do the assessment exam on the cd and then follow the 6weeks content review. Content is that foundation of NCLEX, I know many people prefer reviewing questions, but if you are lacking in content you will not be able to use strategies to its full potential.
Try Saunders again, do an assessment, then determine you areas of concern. review all the content the 6 wks. study schedule outlined. Set your own time for study eliminating all distrations including cell phones, try to study content 4 hrs. aday 5days a week. If you still dont understand something, please do not skip to the next chapter, look it up, from an old text book, google, u-tube videos etc...then practice questions . NCLEX3500 is very similar to nclex as you know, I did 75 a day and review all it's rationales. Questions from NCSBN learning extension is great as well, since they prepare the NCLEX exam, I would use their content as a guide only and then use Saunders, since its (ncsbn) content is limited on information were as Saunders is very broad and informative. Also, P.D.A. by LaCharity is great and a must have for answer priority type questions, I rented mine from Amazon
for $20. I had a lot of SATA which to me are based on content, so again content, content comes before anything else.
If you plan to take NCLEX in April, then you must know that Management of care and safety & infection control questions will increase by 1%, the good news is that Pharmocology will drop by 1%. So you need to be familiar with how to answer priority type questions, Kaplan strategy book in good for that, I got mine used from Amazon for 15 bucks.
Try to build critical thinking, Kaplan trainers helped me, so find out what will work for you. Good luck!!! believe in yourself, pray base on your religion and be confident.
Here is a link I got from this site, it helped my with some infection control type questions. I also, did review this 2 and 3 days before the exam [COLOR=#003366]http://allnurses.com/attachment.php?...7&d=1310076980