I spent about 2 1/2 weeks studying for the NCLEX... I took the online HURST review and then focused on all of their content and passed at 75 questions. I think most of my classmates who took the HURST review did the same. I do recommend the online version vs. the live version because you can go back and watch the videos over again. If you take the Live Review you have to pay extra for the online courses - which doesn't make sense.
As far as the residency programs are concerned, I don't know that I'd count on an August start date. As I indicated in the other thread, this year is a bit abnormal. Last year the Legacy Versant program started at the end of July (see http://allnurses.com/oregon-nurses/l...489-page6.html
) and I'm pretty sure it was June or July in 2010, as well.