September test takers [NCLEX-RN 2012] - page 5

I am taking my NCLEX-RN exam in mid september.I sometimes feel so unmotivated and just don't feel like studying.So I thought of making a thread for people who are going through the same and preparing... Read More

  1. by   jazziphat
    I take the NCLEX 9/12/12 and I am FREAKING out I am using Kaplan for prep and have about 450 qbank questions left to do.
  2. by   Anoetos
    Have you taken the Kaplan course? They explain that they really are the harder questions, the analysis and application type questions. The idea is that the best strategy is to get above the baseline and kind of go fifty fifty on those kinds of questions which is why anything over a 50% on their diagnostic or readiness tests indicates a very good likelihood of passing first try.

    But yeah, they are hard.
  3. by   caffeineaddict
    I used Kaplan only.
    My NCLEX RN was on 9/7/12
    Had over 100 questions ;(
    Flew home and got the good pop up!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    U can all do this. Pray before hand and read each question thoughtfully and slowly.
    U can do it and pass!
  4. by   Indian_rn2b
    Thank you caffeine
  5. by   jayz1989
    Prayers helped me so much. It helped me to calm down and focus, especially when I feel like anxiety is taking over me during the test. But after the test, like any other people who took it. I don't feel good, but still hoping and praying to GOD. I did the pvt and got good pop up. This is my second exam. I used kaplan qbanks as my main resources and PDA is the best for PDA questions. I think PDA helped me to get a better kaplan score . When I feel tired from hard questions like kaplan. I used Saunder q and a for my content and Lippincott ipad app. However, saunder q and a for me are easy questions getting 70-75 most highest were 80s. Lippincott is 50-70s. Kaplan is hard but help you think critically.
  6. by   randss
    Hi guys! I just want to share something that helped me calm down before the exam. I scheduled my exam at noon and in the morning while I was waiting I played video games. No brain games, they're too distracting. I'm talking about the ones that require almost no brain power at all. I personally played Mass effect 3 multiplayer and Team fortress 2 haha. Kind of unorthodox i know, but by the time i went into the exam I was pretty relaxed.

    It worked for me maybe it'll work for you.
  7. by   Indian_rn2b
    Thank you guys for your advices and for sharing your experiences..we appreciate it
  8. by   FutureRNBSN12
    I need some help! I take my test next Wednesday! Any suggestions on what I should do the week before the test?!? Ive finished PDA, Kaplan qbank and qtrainers, and hurst questions. I have no idea where to get more questions! Please help!!
  9. by   FutureRNBSN12
    Quote from mcjones19

    I used the Lippincott book and iPhone app, as well ATI and the ATI review course. I read rationales to my right and wrong answers. I also visualized. I wrote my signature on post it notes with RN after it. I told myself I would be successful even though the last couple days I was doubting. That test was hard. I'm glad it's over. dde0a
    What iPhone apps did you use????
  10. by   AwoSaNy
    I will be taking my exam this weekend. So nervous, but I know God has been with me throughout this journey and will continue to be by my side!!! Any advice on how to spend the last few days of reviewing??? I've just been focusing on practice questions instead of reading content.
  11. by   AwoSaNy
    Quote from Mattastrophik
    I'm not a September test taker, BUT I took my test this past August 30th (sort of like September... anyway)

    I know this feeling all too much. I graduated May 15th, and I didn't have the money to put in my application or pay Pearson, so I waited up until June 1st to put my stuff in. NJ-BON is notorious for taking forever to process things, I didn't get my ATT until August 14th, because I kept getting the run-around every time I called them, until I actually went up there. I wasn't even put into their system until July 16th. Don't worry, I have a reason for that mini-rant, haha.

    During that time, I kept hearing all of my classmates passing, some even getting jobs, and I didn't even have my ATT number yet, so I lost a lot of drive and motivation to study. I'd be CRAZY to study until some indefinite time. But I finally got a date for my test, and I still felt a bit unmotivated, so I actually did a few things (not saying this is what you have to do, but... it gave me a slight boost lol).

    1) I used the Saunders CD, the questions are good to do to get into the pattern of answering NCLEX like questions. Sometimes, I didn't feel like doing 100 questions a day, so I told myself if I at least did one or two quizzes a day, I'm still doing "something" instead of nothing. Before I knew it, once I started "doing" questions, it wasn't so hard to get into again. So maybe aim to do a quiz a day, and plan days where you'll do more. When it's time for the NCLEX, you're going to HAVE to do questions, so try a day where you pretend it's the NCLEX and force yourself to do a 100 question exam. Then read rationales etc when it's done.

    2) The other unnecessary, but slight booster I did, I ordered a Littmann stethoscope off of Amazon. During nursing school, I had this really super cheap $8 stethoscope. It worked, but I've always wanted a really good one. So when it finally arrived, I thought "Just think, you'll get to USE it when you get a job!" and that for some reason, put me in a mode to study. I would put it around my neck and do some Saunder's questions :P

    3) Talking to people who took their NCLEX already. I know everyone's experience will be different, but I noticed part of the reason I didn't want to study, was because I was afraid of what I thought I didn't remember, or what I may have forgotten. So it was easier to not know by not finding out! But everyone I talked to felt the same way, and listening to their test taking experience put me at ease a little, and I wasn't so afraid to just do questions or review once in a while.

    I found out today that I passed Good luck to everyone! Remember, you came this far, you must've been doing something right :P

    Congrats and thank you for the encouragement. I take my test this wknd and I'm super anxious..yikes!
  12. by   shunnyk
    I passed! 85 questions. All I can say is thank you guys for all the motivation and encouragement that you put on this board, it has truly been a blessing to me. Thank you.
  13. by   Indian_rn2b
    Happy for you.