(decided to post this because reading other people’s stories really helped me)
First of all, I took the NCLEX-PN on Saturday (my first time) and I just found out today I passed. I did the PVT trick in the parking lot after the test and got the good pop up. Now when I say 2 weeks study time, in reality it was more than that, since I was already studying for it while in school. This is what I mean by the 2 weeks. I graduated in August and took about a month off from studying. I waited until I got my ATT letter and registered for the earliest test, which happened to be in 2 weeks. At this point I was mad at myself for not studying for that whole time and giving myself only 2 weeks to really stay to a strict schedule to study. Somehow I made it work without stressing too much.
Study Materials: (I could not afford to pay for much, so only 2 books!)
Saunders - did the CD 100 questions, then reviewed them. I already had this book for school.
Prioritization, Delegation, and Assignment by LaCharity - this book helps for the PN too! Actually, it was very useful! It helped me a lot since I had a weakness for priority questions and there were several of those questions on the NCLEX.
Other things to study: (from people who posted on here. Thanks!)
Infection Control: My Chicken Haz TB, SPIDERMAN, Mrs Wee
Prefixes & Suffixes for medications
[if you know these, it will help a lot!]
I also had to work with my anxiety. I sometimes get bad test anxiety, which ends up making me blank out during tests. I decided to think of the NCLEX as no big deal. The morning before I acted like I didn’t care what was going to happen. (After the test, in the parking lot, I almost exploded in panic. At least it was after and not before the test though.) During the test, I tried to stay as calm as possible. I read the question, read the answers, and read the question again. Sometimes you miss something the first time you read it. It took me about 1 ˝ hours to finish the test with 85 questions. There were just so many SATA questions that it just freaked me out thinking about it. You really need to practice with these type of questions so you know what to expect as answers.
Anyways, I just want to thank everyone who has posted on here with helpful study tips! I probably wouldn’t have passed without such help!