Hi there! I'm taking my NCLEX RN exam really soon for the first time and I am super nervous. I am trying hard to keep it cool and calm so I can focus when I study and so I won't panic on the actual test. Anyways, I have been using Kaplan and NCSBN 3-week course. I have mostly been using Kaplan though, I have access to the online course (QBanks and Qtrainers) and I've been reading the Kaplan RN course book 5 days a week every week for the past few weeks. I have been getting about a 40-60% on my online reviews on both Kaplan and NCSBN, mostly 50s and some 60s. On my Kaplan diagnostic test, I got a 55% and on my readiness test I got a 60.8%. My Kaplan teacher said that if you get a 60% and over on the Kaplan readiness test, then that means you are ready to take the test. I didn't feel ready even though I got a 60.8%. That was a few weeks ago and I have been studying everyday; yet, I still do not feel ready! There's just so much information to remember and to know. There's no way I can know everything, even if I took another month to study.
I've talked with several people in school who already took NCLEX. Some of them got 40s on the Kaplan questions and passed with 75 questions. Others have scored 50s and 60s on the questions, and they passed with over 100 questions. So it varies from person to person. Some people thought Kaplan was easier than the actual NCLEX and others thought NCLEX was way easier than Kaplan. Anyways, i'm utilizing the rest of my time as best as I possibly can. I take a day off though every week for rejuvination. Prayers are very much needed and appreciated! Trying not to freak out, but I just feel so overwhelmed....too much info!!
Oh and of course, the time that I can actually take my exam is when the passing standard raises! Just my luck.... and this doesn't help my anxiety levels at all!