First time I took nclex it was 3 months after our graduation..I used Silvestri5E program and answered all the questions in each category. I was so nervous that day and was so pressured by the situation around me (hearing everyone else pass)..I got home that day and did the PVT..went straight to cc. after 2 days I did the quick results and sure enough I failed. I was devastated. I started doubting myself. I set all my books and reviewers aside.
After 5 months I submitted my re-application and registered again for the exam. This time I listened to the entire audio clip of Feuers review (taking down notes) and did all the questions in NCLEX 4000. I then reviewed the notes I have taken from feuers audio and nclex 4000. I took the test and most of the questions I had was from the material I studied. I got about 2 drag & drop, 13 sata, priority questions, infection control, and delegation. Stopped at 75 at 2hrs 30mins in. Got home did the PVT again and there in front of me was the good pop-up. Today I did the quick result and I passed! so yes it does work.
Don't doubt yourself. If at times you feel like giving up, take a break! Trust me! So again, 8 months after graduation the only thing I used was NCLEX 4000 and listened to the Feuers review audio. When you do practice questions select EXAM and time yourself like you're actually taking the exam. Build up your test taking strategies! Even if you don't know what the disease or the drug is, if you know how to eliminate the answers, identify the stem and what is being asked then you will be fine.
*know lab values!
*practice a lot of prioritization and delegation questions!
*practice sata questions!
*read a book on test taking strategies!
Best of Luck to all!