I really felt that if I hadn't learned it already, there was no way I was going to pick it up in two months. I graduated in Dec. '01 and took the NCLEX in early Feb. '02. I chose one very big, comprehensive study book (I think it was Saunders?) and looked at notes a friend of mine had from an NCLEX prep course (not like Kaplan, but one that actually reviewed nursing stuff, lab values, etc.). I studied every day for one hour, sometimes more on the weekends. I passed with a 75.
It will mean absolutely nothing to you BEFORE you take the test, but you really can't study for it. The best you can do is stay calm and review, but not pressure yourself about it because the simple fact is that you *can't* really cram in 2-4+ years of nursing school into two months of studying. It's not only impossible, but the types of questions they ask on the NCLEX are usually sort of comprehensive, multi-area questions that require critical thinking and prioritizing (ie, a mini-van crashes against a wall- who do you treat first out of these six pediatric victims with varying symptoms/trauma?). That type of question is not really about pediatrics, although it's about pediatric patients- it combines Med/Surg and the ABC's and ER theories along with prioritizing. See what I mean?
Good luck! The only person I knew who failed the test completely psyched herself out beforehand. She was a working LPN with 6 years of experience and there was no reason she shouldn't have passed, but her attitude was horrible. She KNEW she was going to panic and fail and guess what? She did.
Keep a positive attitude! Deep breathing to all of you! We've been there.