Here are some ideas about the NCLEX. I read a lot of Allnurses posts before taking the test, and heard from people who had not made it after several tries. I want to help.
- First thing, try to go to a REALLY good school. My school's tests were much harder than the NCLEX so I was pleasantly surprised come test day.
- Review your notes for the school's tests as well as NCLEX books. This will remind you of the background, and since it's familiar material in a familiar format, it will stick.
- I studied from the Kaplan book as well as the Saunders (yellow) book, cover to cover, as well as reviewing all my school notes.
- Know your labs really well, learn to recognize normal as well as abnormal.
- Review all content! I was weak on Ob/maternal-child, so studied it like crazy - and only got one question on it! I got no calculations, but probably 40% of my questions were "select all that apply" or "Put the steps in order." So...
- practice the alternate format questions.
I studied for about 6 weeks before taking the plunge. Don't be in a hurry.
So far I have heard that everyone in my class who took the test has passed, most of us with 75. It was the LVN-RN program at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, CA. I can't praise this program enough. The instructors, the students, the way we all worked together and helped each other. They even offered a free Telemetry Certification class. Just :heartbeat!
Best of luck to all who are still waiting to be successful. You WILL make it, with enough study.