I got a 94.7% (99th percentile for both national and program) and here is how:
I used portions (though not the whole book) from Complete Idiot's Guide to Nursing Entrance Exams, Cracking the Nursing School Entrance Exams (Princeton Review), and McGraw Hill Practice test.
I took 1 practice test from the McGraw Hill book to assess what I needed to study more. For example, I missed every single problem with fractions, so then I used one of my other 2 books to brush up on fractions.
I also think it helped me that I just finished A&P over the summer and am currently taking microbio and chemistry--so all that science info was nice and fresh in my brain. I could just skim the info in my books and it would remind me of what I needed to do.
General tips (which others on this site have already emphasized, but I will do it again):
*Make sure you get a good night's sleep before the test. At least for me, being well-rested serves me better than last minute cramming.
*Relax and keep your cool when taking the test. If you find you are feeling panicked or not really reading the questions, breath and slow down!
*Take your time. You don’t get bonus points for finishing early. Make sure you read the questions carefully. The exception to this rule is if you tend to run out of time. You still need to read carefully, but don’t agonize. Pick your best answer and move on.
*If you have time at the end, go back through your questions. You can go back through them all or perhaps jot down some as you’re taking the test that you’re not sure about. Then you can go back through and take a second look.
*If you have time, check your math problems using the answer you chose. Just plug your answer in and see if it works!
*If you have absolutely no idea, don’t agonize—make your best guess and move on. It’s unlikely you’re magically going to know the answer by sitting there staring at the question and you don’t want to run out of time causing you to miss questions you could have gotten right!
*Accept that there are things you may just have to take a hit on. For me, I knew math was the portion I needed to devote the most study time to. This meant I didn’t get to review some other things, such as writing styles. Maybe I missed the 2 or 3 questions about writing styles, but I did MUCH better on the math, overall.
Good luck to everyone! I did read where others who did well on the test posted their advice and I’d say they are spot on!