Published Apr 20, 2014
I waited over 4 months for my ATT due to the BRN delay in California. When it finally came Wednesday night (4/16), I went to schedule my NCLEX and the only dates available were 2 days later and 2 months later. So I went with the soonest appointment (4/18).
I was a good student throughout school, graduating with a 3.9 GPA. I took Kaplan in the classroom back in January and then completed 70% of the Qbank with a 71% average, and I did the first 4 Qtrainers with 65-75%. But then I stopped studying 2 months ago because it was taking forever for my ATT and I just wasn't motivated. I kept telling myself I would start doing Kaplan again when I got my ATT, but of course I didn't have time. I just wanted to get it over with.
The day before the test I read over the 35 page study guide that's floating around, and familiarized myself with infection control, abnormal labs, and insulin. The computer shut off after 75 questions. I did the PVT as soon as I got to my car and I got the good pop-up. The test itself was unreal. There were things on there I'd never heard of before, but I tried to use common sense to answer them. I went with my gut when I was unsure. I had about 20 SATA, 2 EKG, and a bunch of meds, infection control, and prioritization. A few delegation. It took me about an hour to finish and I was nervous the entire time.
I would say Kaplan helped me get comfortable with the formatting and answering NCLEX style questions. The study guide is great for brushing up on content. I'm glad I didn't wait 2 more months, because I doubt I could have prepared myself any better during that time. It just would have made the wait agonizing. Now it's over and I'm relieved.
Good luck to everybody taking the NCLEX soon. Believe in yourself, you can do it!
Congrats on passing it the first time!! :)
Good on you not waiting. I don't think I would have been able to just go in and do it. :)
ER(notso)n00b, ASN, RN
Thank you! I briefly wondered if I was insane for taking the next appointment, but I'm so glad I did. The stress and waiting is finally over so it was well worth it.
Congratulation my dear!!!! where can I get that study guide?? I'm testing next month and also doing Kaplan and scoring 58s and 60s on Qtrainer and 63 on QBank, i'm very scared any advice Thanks
I sent you a PM
Taking my test next week for the 3rd attempt, Congrats to you can you tell me how to get the 35 page study guide?
Congrats! I'm waiting on my Att and also doing Kaplan. Can I get the study guide too?
How long did CABON post your license in the BON website from the time you took the test?
I can't figure out how to upload it here, but if you send me a PM with your email address I will send it to you.
13grad - I'm just going off of the good pop up, but I've been hearing from others from my class that it takes about 7-12 days for the BRN to post your license.
Sorry about that I send you back the email thank you
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