Hello everybody, I am very new to this board so pardon me if some of this message is messed up. I just recently took and passed my NCLEX boards (big old 500 pound gorilla off my back for sure!) and will start working this week in an adult ICU. I am writing this topic just to give future NCLEX takers some sense of relief about the way to study for the NCLEX and the NCLEX test procedure.
First is about studying for the NCLEX. The NCLEX will hammer you with select all that apply, prioritization, medication calculations, pharmacology and safety questions. I tell you this because the way you studied for tests in nursing school, will not help you on the NCLEX very much. You may be one of those 1 in 100 students who does not study and pass the NCLEX in 75 questions, but why take that chance? Take an NCLEX prep course of some kind and keep at it everyday for an hour or two at least. I myself took Kaplan (I highly recommend this course!) and answered 200-300 questions each day for 3 weeks. You need to take 3,500 questions just to feel comfortable to answer the questions on the NCLEX and an additional 500 to 1,500 to be fully prepared for the NCLEX.
Second is taking the test. Take a deep breath and focus until your heart beat can not be heard through your ears! Do not read any negativity about the NCLEX about people saying I took 75 questions and failed, it was the hardest test in the world, I hated that test, etc. Have confidence in yourself and just review and look for positivity if looking for content on the NCLEX. I myself took the NCLEX and passed in 75 questions, walked into the testing center and left the testing center in 45 minutes! I felt very confident in my answers and should have just left it at that, but just had to look online and see if this was a bad sign. The average was about 2.5 hours to take the test, I finished mine in 45 minutes! After reading that I was positive I failed. However, 48 hours later found out I passed! I mention this just because if you going through the test thinking the answers make sense to me and not as hard as I thought, doesn't mean you have failed. Look for ques that you receiving the hard analysis/application questions (SATA, prioritization).
In the end, be confident in yourself going into the test, review every day for an hour or two at the least for at least 3 weeks and TAKE A REVIEW CLASS! Hope this helps to anybody who is feeling nervous and out of sorts before, during or after the NCLEX!