I finished in 75 questions and got maybe 4 SATA. Most management questions, and one exhibit where they give you a client's H&P, labs, scripts, and d/c teaching; they asked which of the following would not part of d/c teaching. It was incredibly easy, just looked at the chart and whatever wasn't on the chart was the answer.
I had 6+ SATA on my exam, 4 drag and drop, 3 pictures. NO EKG tho. just focus on key words in sata...as per kaplan treat sata as true or false.. read the kaplan test taking strat, it is worth it. for qna use lippincott's, i took my exam July 16 and I passed after checking it on quick results.
I took the NCLEX earlier this month, 75 questions, I marked on the white board every SATA..... I had 27!!!! If I remember there were a few that had 7 - 9 options. I used the true/false system to answer them. I passed!!!
I probably had 15-20 SATA's of varying topics, so I can't help you there.
My strategy for those was to make each option a true or false question and select them that way. Of course, it doesn't help when you don't know lol but that's just how I thought of them.
I had gotten feedback from other graduates from my school that the NCLEX was easier than Kaplan; I disagreed except for the SATA questions. I definitely felt the options were more straightforward in the NCLEX than they were in Kaplan's qbank. Just a thought.
I took (and passed!!) my test Jul 15 and only had 75 questions, of those only about 6 were SATA, the rest was multiple choice 2 exhibits and 1 EKG. those 6 SATAs were basically asking symptoms of a certain disease dealing with GI and Maternity. My tip would be to look at the question, dissect what it's asking and treat the options as a true/false. Remember that all the choices are never the answer and neither is only 1.