NCLEX preparation service

  1. For all you recent grads, I've got a question for you...

    The program I am starting in August uses a national testing service designed to prepare us for taking the NCLEX upon graduation. Apparently there will be prep sessions throughout the two year program along with practice exams. It's going to cost me about $250 extra and I don't know very much about it.
    My question for you is, did any of your schools use such a service and if so, how was it? Do you think it helped you pass the NCLEX? Was it worth the cost?

    Thanks all.
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  3. by   Angelica
    My school used ERI. We didn't get any prep sessions, but we did have a number of ERI tests, scattered throughout the program. The cost was figured into our tuition, but I don't know how much it cost. These tests were generally hated by all. They were considered an unwelcome nuisance in our already busy schedules. I'm not taking the NCLEX till later this month, but I doubt the ERI will have much of an impact other than pointing out what my weaknesses are (which I already knew). Hopefully, the testing service your school is implementing is more helpful.
  4. by   nadia562002
    Any good nursing school begins prepping their students for NCLEX from day one. The school offered an additional NCLEX prep during the week before graduation. THis would have cost me an extra $150 for 3 days of sessions plus free lunch. I asked my freind about it. She said it did not help her much other then to be lectured at for 3 days. She has not taken the NCLEX yet nor have I. I think that the books with CD's are far more helpful becuase you can study at your own pace.
  5. by   NicuNsg
    I have only two things to say about the ERI, Yuk and Yuk!!! Our school had the nurses entrance exam, test by ERI that were scattered which covered the various sections we were in (OB, Psych, Pharm, Adult, Child, Geriatric, and leadership, ect) We all hated the tests didn't feel like they provided any insight to our progress, they were simply awful. Poorly written and in need of a major review. These tests were also included in our tuition and we got an NCLEX review by ERI at our school as well. I did not attend. I too hope that the series offered at your school will help, as ours really did not.
  6. by   Angelica
    I had to laugh at some of the spelling errors on the ERI. Like Tackycardia. You'd think with all that revenue they'd be able to hire someone to proofread.
  7. by   itsnowbegun
    the ERI sucks and so does there comprehensive review for the NCLEX. One of the teachers that i had for the 4 day review read from the book that we had for two whole days...

    the test are so poorly written. I almost didn't graduate becuz of their stupid exams... i HATE ERI!!!
  8. by   Angelica
    I went to the ERI review too. I was so bored that I left during the first break on the first day. I just can't sit for eight hours a day while someone reads out of a book. I'd rather do it on my own.
  9. by   MelRN13
    We also used ERI, and I agree that it SUCKS!! Our NCLEX review was mandatory, but it was also very useful.
  10. by   twarlik
    With all these glowing reviews I can hardly wait! LOL

    Like I said, I don't know what service my school is using. We're supposed to get more information later this summer. I guess I should just hope it's not ERI.

    Thanks all!
  11. by   RNatheart
    Hey NicuNSG!!!! Is that Jenny????
  12. by   RNatheart
    ERI's stink!!! At our college we all took an ERI once and they had to redo all of our scores because they scored them wrong....Yeah I'm gonna listen to them tell me what my weakness areas are....No! I'm using Kaplan Books and Saunders CD's. Any other advice form NCLEX passers
  13. by   redwinggirlie
    Spend your money on a couple of good NCLEX prep books. Look for ones that have lots of questions that give rationale and ones that allow you to take unlimited tests. Kaplan books don't allow you to take more than a couple. I'm using Mosbys, Saunders and Springhouse. I like Mosby's and Springhouse the best.
  14. by   Mkue
    I agree with redwinggirlie.

    I use Mosby's, Kaplan and Saunders books. They also all have CD's with more questions.