Hello! First, I'd like to present with some background information: The first time I took my exam in December 2010, I forgot that I signed up for it so I really only studied for a few days. Of course, failed after answering all 265 questions. (But that's pretty good considering I had been out of school for 4 months and hadn't studied much at all) With the initial depression and discouragement after that, I didn't take my exam again until September 2011 and failed at 88 questions =/ This was surprising that I did worse since I actually went through some content videos on Kaplan and did questions from the test bank (but didn't do the question trainers).
I have about 4 days (less than 3 FULL days to actually study because I have 1 day of work between now and then AND it's already half way through today) until my NCLEX-RN exam. I've been studying off and on for the past couple of months... I've done some (not all) of the Kaplan q-trainers:
- Diagnostic Test: 180q 63%
- Test 1 75q: 68%
- Test 2 75q: 76%
- Test 3 100q: 63%
- Test 4 150q: 61.3%
- Readiness Test: 57.78%
After I lost access to Kaplan, I began doing questions from the Saunders
book (4th Edition) as well as Prioritization, Delegation, and Assignment
(LaCharity, 2nd Ed.) My average Q-bank scores were in the 60's
, but sometimes hitting the 40's, depending on how my day was (I currently work, but have cut down to 2 days per week so I can study). I also do practice questions on my iPhone from the Kaplan
app, averaging at about 60-70%
. I'm also answering questions from Kaplan-RN strategies, practice, and review (2011-2012).
And I have flashcards for electrolytes and labs that I go over whenever I can and I have yet to go over the All Nurses cram sheet .pdf that's been going around.
I definitely feel MORE prepared than the last 2 exams, but I'm SO NERVOUS! I realize that most people who take this exam "never feel completely ready for it"... and I KNOW I don't feel super comfortable with ALL the content (which I'm not gonna bother going over this close to the exam) so I just want to know what I should do to prepare these next few days?
Should I focus more on the Kaplan book questions? Saunders CD questions? LaCharity book questions?
Of course, I also have a relaxing day planned before my exam. I'm going to get a massage in the morning, then have lunch and go to a movie with my best friend. After that, I plan on getting into some music (I play a couple of instruments), then ending the night with a quiet dinner with my parents, taking a hot shower, and going to bed early. The morning OF the exam, I will be getting a light workout in (to get some oxygen flowing), and having a comfortably filling protein breakfast with Green Tea (enough to wake me up, but not make me anxious before the exam).
Any advice will help! THANK YOU SO MUCH! Hoping to hear all your suggestions!