Testing in 2 weeks ~ all advice for preparation appreciated! - page 3

by hearts895, RN BSN 6,486 Views | 58 Comments

Hi All, My (possibly) future job as an RN resident requires I be licensed as an RN by Jan 21st. So I am scheduled for the NLCEX on Jan. 15th!! :scrying: However I graduated mid-late December and I had to move back home, across... Read More


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    I bought the Kaplan RN prep book and that was basically all I used primarily. I read it over like 2 times and did the tests. I highly recommend it to go along with the Q-bank you are using. Sounds like you have great scores anything over 60 is fabulous!
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    I'm happy to report that I took Question Trainer 4 with no cheating - i.e. I didn't look anything up - and I got a 77.3%. However, I did study a ton before taking it - I did about the 1st 30 chapters in the Saunders Comprehensive review. I am wondering why it is that everyone says doing 100s of questions will help you pass the NCLEX when I find that knowing the content helps me more. Maybe I am thinking about this wrong. My goal for the remainder of the week is to take Q T's 5, 6, and 7 and finish my review of the Saunders book (a daunting task!). Next week I will just do all the Q bank questions, Saunders CD questions, and finish the small La Charity book.

    I read stats of people doing literally thousands upon thousands of questions and I get worried cause that is not what I'm doing, however I hate doing billions of questions without being strong on my content. Does anyone have thoughts/opinions on either technique?
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    Quote from DEE S.
    I bought the Kaplan RN prep book and that was basically all I used primarily. I read it over like 2 times and did the tests. I highly recommend it to go along with the Q-bank you are using. Sounds like you have great scores anything over 60 is fabulous!
    Thank you for the advice! I have been reviewing alot of content, but speaking as someone who has taken it (and passed!) do you feel it is really hard or detailed? Or should a good student be just fine with it. My trouble is that the alternate questions really get me. I get hung up on weird little things, for example the "put it in order-type" questions... like do I reposition the patient first, explain the procedure first, check the ID first ?? I think I have pretty good overall content but its impossible to know everything...
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    Just finished NCLEX. How soon can I do PVT?
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    Congratulations jnurse21!

    These are my Question Trainer scores thus far: QT 1: 67%, QT 2: 75%, QT 3: 73%, QT 4: 77%, QT: 69%

    I'm getting really burned out but I still have about half of the Saunders book left to study and much of the Q Bank. 10 days to go starting tomorrow!
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    I took my boards yesterday with very little studying bc I moved and the holidays where around. I graduated December 14th and from that day to yesterday I did approx. 4-5 days of questions, that was it. The 2 sources that I found to be most helpful to me where: Charity's PDA question and answer book and the study guide from here.

    I had 95Q and it stopped. I freaked out and came home and did the PVT and good the "good pop up". From all the stats taken here I think that means I passed :-) :-)

    My test consisted of: 25-30 SATA, a ton of infection control, 15-20 prioritzation, 4 math, 3 pictures, 1 EKG strip, 4-5 exhibit and 3 therapeutic communication.

    Ok.....I think that if you keep getting the SATA questions (which I guess is considered high, I don't know for sure) and your exam shuts off before 100 you can feel half way safe in knowing you passed. The exam will not stop soon if you are only answering the lower level questions correct (you will know the deference, I had maybe 6 easy questions total) the exam will keep going.

    My advice is to please not kill yourself and cram. It wont make a difference. I see on here where ppl are studying 4-7 hrs everyday for weeks. Just do alot of practice questions and read the study guide on here and you will be fine ;-)
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    [QUOTE="keepmovinglpn"]I took my boards yesterday with very little studying bc I moved and the holidays where around. I graduated December 14th and from that day to yesterday I did approx. 4-5 days of questions, that was it. The 2 sources that I found to be most helpful to me where: Charity's PDA question and answer book and the study guide from here.

    I had 95Q and it stopped. I freaked out and came home and did the PVT and good the "good pop up". From all the stats taken here I think that means I passed :-) :-)

    My test consisted of: 25-30 SATA, a ton of infection control, 15-20 prioritzation, 4 math, 3 pictures, 1 EKG strip, 4-5 exhibit and 3 therapeutic communication.

    Ok.....I think that if you keep getting the SATA questions (which I guess is considered high, I don't know for sure) and your exam shuts off before 100 you can feel half way safe in knowing you passed. The exam will not stop soon if you are only answering the lower level questions correct (you will know the deference, I had maybe 6 easy questions total) the exam will keep going.

    My advice is to please not kill yourself and cram. It wont make a difference. I see on here where ppl are studying 4-7 hrs everyday for weeks. Just do alot of practice questions and read the study guide on here and you will be fine ;-)
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    Would someone please email me the study guide being passed around on here. I would be very very grateful!!!! Taking NCLEX in about a week!
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    Would someone please email me the study guide being passed around on here. I would be very very grateful!!!! Taking NCLEX in about a week!
    This thread here has the pdf of the study guide attached in the first post. Its a great study guide!
    http://allnurses.com/nclex-discussio...ay-805757.html
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    I got 80% on the QT 6!! I'm so excited...at the same time I don't feel like I get some of the questions and their rationales, which is not good. I'm gonna wrap up review Saunders Comprehensive Review and the Kaplan Q Bank with my remaining week. This evening its on to the QT 7 and some more Saunders. I am getting pretty burnt out, but I'm know I need to brush up on my endocrine and adult assessment in case I get those "Hot Spot" questions. Any thoughts??


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