Filipino Nurses who passed the NCLEX without the help of Review Center - page 6

Hello i would like to invite those who passed the NCLEX but without Review Centers. Please share your experiences, strategies and methods of study to inspire and motivate those future nurses like me... Read More

  1. Visit  crazytwistedmind profile page
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    did suzzane plan and all the question trainers of kaplan before i took the test and i passed at 75... i repeated all the qts for like 5 times just to make sure that the concept got through my mind.... it is very important to answer in the computer...

    i failed at 76 the first time i took it cuz i purely relied on the MERGE hand outs... which didnt work for me... you really need to anwer the test questions in the cds.... because if you just rely on review centers hand outs it really doesnt work... though the urc and merge hand out also helped me in the 2nd try... you just have to know how to maximize your resources
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  3. Visit  diapersprinkles profile page
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    thank you for posting your responses to this thread. this is very helpful especially to those people (like me) who can't afford to enrol in nclex review centers. thank you so much!
  4. Visit  hotfudge profile page
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    i used saunders 3rd edition... though i also used lippincott, mosby, springhouse for more test questions after i finished the cd of saunders...

    i went through the book (saunders) 3x... "first, second and third reading" (i learned this from my professor in nursing school)...

    during my first reading, i read everything (from introduction up to the last chapter) and highlighted important words/phrases/sentences... i also answered just the quiz at the end of each chapter...

    on my second reading, i only read the important points (the things that i highlighted)....and since this is my second time to go through the book, i was able to highlight (again) just the more important words/phrases (using a different color of highlighter,of course). for each chapter that i finished, i answered the exam (per subject) on the cd....

    the third reading was quite easy. this time, just a quick look on a page of a specific chapter, i already know the essential things being discussed. after every chapter, i answered around 75 to 100 questions of different subjects on the cd... during this time, i started being conscious of the time i spent to answer the 75 to 100 questions

    then, i answered the comprehensive examination at the end of the book...

    17 days prior to my exam, i started my fourteen-day "mock-nclex" wherein i attuned my body and mind on what to expect during the actual exam day. since i took it in saipan, which has a 3-hour time difference from where i live (philippines), i woke-up, ate my meals, answered 265 questions (did other things, as well) and went to bed on "saipan time". i had to do this because the exam was scheduled at 7am---that was 5am in the philippines. i stopped reviewing 3 days before the test to relax and prepare for my trip to saipan....

    over-all i spent around 10 weeks reviewing. 4 weeks for the first reading, 3 weeks for the 2nd reading, 1.5 weeks for the third reading, and 2 weeks for the "mock-nclex". i did this full-time! i disciplined myself to have at least 8 hours of sleep, exercise in the morning, eat the right food. i followed a strict schedule on what i should be accomplishing per day/week (number of pages/chapters and test questions).

    i made sure to read the rationale per question...through this, i understood why some choices are better answers than others.... i also read the questions twice and took note of the "markers" ("except" "not" , etc.)... i have not forgotten, of course, to write some important values on big papers which i hang on the walls of my room and bathroom.

    i took it once... 75 items for 2 hours and 15 minutes....
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  5. Visit  Lorodz profile page
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    Quote from hotfudge
    i used saunders 3rd edition... though i also used lippincott, mosby, springhouse for more test questions after i finished the cd of saunders...

    i went through the book (saunders) 3x... "first, second and third reading" (i learned this from my professor in nursing school)...

    during my first reading, i read everything (from introduction up to the last chapter) and highlighted important words/phrases/sentences... i also answered just the quiz at the end of each chapter...

    on my second reading, i only read the important points (the things that i highlighted)....and since this is my second time to go through the book, i was able to highlight (again) just the more important words/phrases (using a different color of highlighter,of course). for each chapter that i finished, i answered the exam (per subject) on the cd....

    the third reading was quite easy. this time, just a quick look on a page of a specific chapter, i already know the essential things being discussed. after every chapter, i answered around 75 to 100 questions of different subjects on the cd... during this time, i started being conscious of the time i spent to answer the 75 to 100 questions

    then, i answered the comprehensive examination at the end of the book...

    17 days prior to my exam, i started my fourteen-day "mock-nclex" wherein i attuned my body and mind on what to expect during the actual exam day. since i took it in saipan, which has a 3-hour time difference from where i live (philippines), i woke-up, ate my meals, answered 265 questions (did other things, as well) and went to bed on "saipan time". i had to do this because the exam was scheduled at 7am---that was 5am in the philippines. i stopped reviewing 3 days before the test to relax and prepare for my trip to saipan....

    over-all i spent around 10 weeks reviewing. 4 weeks for the first reading, 3 weeks for the 2nd reading, 1.5 weeks for the third reading, and 2 weeks for the "mock-nclex". i did this full-time! i disciplined myself to have at least 8 hours of sleep, exercise in the morning, eat the right food. i followed a strict schedule on what i should be accomplishing per day/week (number of pages/chapters and test questions).

    i made sure to read the rationale per question...through this, i understood why some choices are better answers than others.... i also read the questions twice and took note of the "markers" ("except" "not" , etc.)... i have not forgotten, of course, to write some important values on big papers which i hang on the walls of my room and bathroom.

    i took it once... 75 items for 2 hours and 15 minutes....
    what you read saunders 3x whoah! hats off and congratulations
  6. Visit  yoo jin profile page
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    1. WHAT ARE THE MATERIALS THAT YOU USED?

    Saunders 4th Edition and Prentice Hall, plus the CDs with it

    2. HOW MANY HOURS PER DAY DID YOU STUDY? HOW MANY QUESTIONS DID YOU ANSWER PER DAY?

    If I want to study, I will. Sometimes It will be straight for 3 days, (of course sleeping in between) then most of the times I dont even want to see the shadow of the book.


    I have days where I only answer questions, not reading lectures. For a day, about 300. Then next day, nothing.

    3. HOW MANY DAYS OR MONTHS IN TOTAL YOU STUDIED BEFORE TAKING THE EXAM?

    Actually, I havent registered for NCLEX, since Im not sure taking it would be an advantage for me right now (with the retro and all). I just made use of the books my aunt shipped for me.


    4. WHAT ARE THE SPECIFIC STRATEGIES THAT YOU USED OR THE TEST TAKING SKILLS YOU APPLIED DURING THE EXAM?

    Just breathe . And dont get hung up after a failed question.

    5. TAKE ONE OR TAKE TWO?

    Take NONE!
  7. Visit  berryblush profile page
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    Question: Since most of you used Saunders Comprehensive review, I want to ask if i should buy the 4th (latest) edition? I have the 3rd edition but my exam will be scheduled Oct-Nov this year (2008). Do you think I need to buy the new one? I need opinions... Thanks!

    And also, is the Kaplan nclex-RN strategy book 2008-2009 edition out? Because i am thinking about buying the 2007-2008 edition. Thanks so much!!
  8. Visit  Silverdragon102 profile page
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    The new edition will be up to date on new format style of questions
  9. Visit  nursemich profile page
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    after a year of starting this thread, which was so helpful for me, i am now participating and will answer each question as i have dreamed and imagine for so long.


    1. what are the materials that you used?
    saunder's, kaplan question trainer, lippincott, nclex made increadibly easy, prioritization, delegation and assignment by la charity and my lil notebook where i would write anything i want to, to help me remember facts.:wink2:

    2. how many hours per day did you study? how many questions did u answer per day?
    4-6 hours a day. 100 questions a day but increased it to 200 two weeks before the exam.

    3. how many days or months in total you studied before taking the exam?
    almost a year but concentrated 2 months before the exam. i read kaplan question trainer twice.saunders for foundation and theories. focus on prioritization, delegation, infection control, some meds, computations and my weak areas 2 weeks before the exam.

    4. what are the specific strategies that you used or the the test taking skills you applied during the exam?
    1. i used an erasable pad so it feels like answering a paper pencil exam.
    1.elimination. narrowing answers into two. very effective!
    2.critical thinking by using abc, maslow's, triage
    3.first thought answer. i try not to change what comes to my mind first.its like my mind arguing with itself. during the exam im talking to my self like "no this is not the one" "why do u say so" its "because" "ya you are correct" "so lets pick this"
    4. breath comfortably.just feel relaxed. prayed before i started. stretched my back and neck when i cannot choose an answer.
    5. read the questions twice.i looked for keywords.


    5. take one or take two?

    take one at 75 questions!!!!
  10. Visit  berryblush profile page
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    Quote from nursemich
    after a year of starting this thread, which was so helpful for me, i am now participating and will answer each question as i have dreamed and imagine for so long.


    1. what are the materials that you used?
    saunder's, kaplan question trainer, lippincott, nclex made increadibly easy, prioritization, delegation and assignment by la charity and my lil notebook where i would write anything i want to, to help me remember facts.:wink2:

    2. how many hours per day did you study? how many questions did u answer per day?
    4-6 hours a day. 100 questions a day but increased it to 200 two weeks before the exam.

    3. how many days or months in total you studied before taking the exam?
    almost a year but concentrated 2 months before the exam. i read kaplan question trainer twice.saunders for foundation and theories. focus on prioritization, delegation, infection control, some meds, computations and my weak areas 2 weeks before the exam.

    4. what are the specific strategies that you used or the the test taking skills you applied during the exam?
    1. i used an erasable pad so it feels like answering a paper pencil exam.
    1.elimination. narrowing answers into two. very effective!
    2.critical thinking by using abc, maslow's, triage
    3.first thought answer. i try not to change what comes to my mind first.its like my mind arguing with itself. during the exam im talking to my self like "no this is not the one" "why do u say so" its "because" "ya you are correct" "so lets pick this"
    4. breath comfortably.just feel relaxed. prayed before i started. stretched my back and neck when i cannot choose an answer.
    5. read the questions twice.i looked for keywords.


    5. take one or take two?

    take one at 75 questions!!!!

    hi! did you use the 4th edition of saunders comprehensive review or the 3rd edition? i bought my 3rd edition last year but never used it. i plan to use it now for the nclex exam which i plan to schedule october or early nov.. thanks!!
  11. Visit  berryblush profile page
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    hi, nursemich! did you use the 4th edition of saunders? i bought the 3rd edition last year but nevr used it. i'm afaid it might go to waste if i buy the 4th edition if they are almost similar in contents
  12. Visit  suzanne4 profile page
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    Sorry, but the CDs are not similar in content and there are none of the new format questions on the 3rd edition.

    If you are going to pay $350 for the exam, as well as the licensing costs, would advise you to get the 4th edition to have the best chance in passing the exam.
  13. Visit  nursemich profile page
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    i used the 4th edition. the cd is much better, very user friendly than any other cd because you can exit,close your computer then you can continue whenever you want it and continue on where you have left. i love the pharmacology and prioritization specific topic of q and a. :redpinkhe
  14. Visit  koinurse profile page
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    Hi there!Congatulations!!!!
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