Ok everyone - I am going to make this quick. Before I took my NCLEX, I too was freaking out. I get horrible test anxiety and was terrified. I did the online Kaplan class and had scores from 55-78 on the trainers. I had a zillion practice books too - some in my car for when I was in traffic, apps on my phone, you name it. Now that it is all behind me (and I passed!!!), I have a couple of quick tips I would like to share:
1. Dedicate a certain number of hours per day to study and don't go OVER those. Spend the time doing practice questions and reading the rationales for the ones you get right and wrong. It makes all the difference. But be aware of overstudying - it can deteriorate the test taking skills you worked so hard to develop.
2. DO NOT study the day before or the day of the exam. Just put it away, get out of your house, and go do something FUN.
3. PRACTICE taking questions with earplugs in!
! This is the tip I never read before but wish I had thought of it. If you get test anxiety like I do, hearing nothing except my heart pounding as I began the exam completely freaked me out. I never thought how much of a difference the earplugs was going to make in my test taking. Even if where ever you study is super quiet, I highly recommend doing this. You will immediately see what I mean when you try it.
4. Believe in yourself. I know this is written everywhere but believe me when I tell you at least 50% of the exam strategy is going in there feeling prepared and confident. You survived nursing school - you will pass the NCLEX-RN Exam.
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!