Published Apr 8, 2014
I did my best to prepare for this exam. It was a roller coaster ride, felt the craziest feeling I never had before. This forum helped me a lot since I'm a foreign grad and NCLEX is very different with the local board exam from which I came from. I don't know what to expect so I had tons of review materials. They made me confused so I stick to Hurst, Saunders, La Charity, KAPLAN, NCLEX 3500 and a few NCLEX CRAM Q&A (still a lot. Lol). I'm fortunate that all I need to do everyday is to study. I had "lazy" days but I make sure that I catch up with my sched. Yes, I made my own schedule. With date, topics and Q&A that I need to finish then evaluate myself. I had trouble remembering lab values, erikson, vaccination and infection control, what I did was I printed out a sheet for each topic and wrote them down every single day.
For HURST, my scores were as follows
Qreview 1: 86 (68.8%)
Qreview 2: 78 (62.4%)
Qreview 3: 94 (75.2%)
Qreview 4: 96 (76.8%)
Qreview 5: 106 (83.5%)
Qreview 6: 93 (74.4%)
Online review was a tremendous help, made me get back on track. Maybe I repeated them about 4x.
For KAPLAN, I used the old QTrainer which you can just download for free online. Didn't take 6 and 7 because there's no way you can pause it.
Qtrainer 1: 65%
Qtrainer 2: 61%
Qtrainer 3: 67%
Qtrainer 4: 69%
Qtrainer 5: 67%
I also have the KAPLAN 2013-2014 Strategies
CD Practice exam: 76%
Book Practice Test: 74%
Questions were harder than HURST Q-review.
I'm not going to review tomorrow anymore. I'm done and I just want this to be over. I hope and pray that what I did is enough to pass the test.
Any suggestion that can help me in any way are greatly appreciated. :)
I believe in prayers and I need a lot of them!
It's all in God's hands now. Thy will be done.
NurseKis, BSN, RN
CONGRATULATIONS!! i am taking my exam on thursday April 11th. My scores aren't as great as yours but i HAVE faith i will pass :) Please pray for all of us that are taking the exam :) My friend is taking it tomorrow :) CONGRATS!
Let's keep our faith. :) Everyday I say to myself in front of the mirror "I will be a US-RN" (weird I know). Somehow helps with my anxiety. :) Hey, I'll be taking the exam just 1 day before you so keep me posted! Certainly I'll be praying for all of us. God bless!
With Hurst, did you take a topic a day and cover it? I'm using Hurst Review and Kaplan's QBank right now.
Wow you have excellent scores!!! Wish you luck, you most likely will pass.
I will pray for you :) you can do this!
WOW...I will try anything to pass this next time. I felt I knew about 95% of the test but I was just confused about how to apply what I knew. Going forward I only study now a few things , and I get to know them before I do anything more. My feels are hurt because I have to repay for this test all over again. I wasn't ready like you ...just relax and take it all in. Relax and eat good before the test. I eat lightly and all through the test my stomach wanted food. Force on the one question at a time...you got this...Good luck
Best of luck ANGEL.Dont forget to pray and say it infront of the mirror every day until the that you can do it like any one else.
its a tough exam you made it by studying uptill know.
The very best of luck to you, I am also internationally trained and I sit the exam on 10th April, I also used saunders and the Kaplan strategies book. Here's to a good test day and a positive result !! x
Yes, that's what I did and as what the Hurst people said, repetition can help you retain the information to your long term memory. For me, I think that's working. I also answer questions on the saunders cd based on what I cover in Hurst. :) Good luck to us and God bless us. :)
Thank you friends for all the support. Much appreciated. I now feel more confident. Thank you so much!
Where are you going to take the exam? We have the same date! Blessed day for us.
God bless us. :)
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