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June 2015 Tips on Passing the Nclex RN Boards

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I found out today that I passed my boards and I'm still in disbelief! And I just want to pay it forward because this forum has been my go to for advice for easing my anxiety of taking the Nclex.

Tip #1: I used Hurst videos for content review and followed the lecture with the provided worksheets. Then after I felt like I a had a decent understanding of the content I did questions from Kaplan starting from about 100/day building up to almost 200+/day. I watched all the videos on kaplan and skipped the content review one because it was so boring that I would knock out after 10 minutes watching it. I also used the review sheet that is on this website! That review sheet I took with me everywhere and read it over and over.

Tip#2: I did not really study the day before exam except a couple hours before 12pm. For the remainder of the day I kept myself busy by going out and not thinking of it.

Tip#3: Take the boards ASAP! that was one of my regrets. I received my ATT in March and didn't take the exam until June. I was so worried and caught up with figuring out how to study which wasted time. But, the best thing is to make a schedule for yourself and follow through with it.

Most important is to Pray! and also create a mindset for yourself. I practiced writing my signature with RN at the end and would imagine that I already passed and that I was an RN.

Lastly, DO NOT DO THE PEARSON VUE TRICK as tempting as it may be. In my case I live in California and we do not have quick results so if you do the PVT you are required to put the credit card info before you get the good or bad pop up. In my case I was lucky because I was able to look up my name the next morning on Breeze California Board of Nursing. The system they use now is computerized and is much more instant. So if you don't want to gamble with $200 just wait it out! Mine only took less than 24hours to post! Also, my classmate was charged $200 and got the bad pop up but found out 2 days later she passed!

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

I found out today that I passed my boards and I'm still in disbelief! And I just want to pay it forward because this forum has been my go to for advice for easing my anxiety of taking the Nclex.
Congratulations! :)