Hi everyone. Please bear with me on a long post.
I'm taking the NCLEX for the 1st time next week and I have never been more anxious in my life!!! I usually don't get test anxiety and if I do it's never this bad. I've been studying for a little under a month and a half now mainly via Kaplan. My school paid for our course so I stuck with it. I had also downloaded the NCLEX mastery app while in school. So far my Kaplan scores are as follows:
QT3: 52% -internet connectivity issues kept suspending my test
QT4: 54%- got very distracted during it
QT7: will take 2 days before the NCLEX
Readiness: Will take tomorrow!
Other important mentions: Sample test 3 (all prioritization q's) I got 80%. Sample test 4 (mostly SATA/alt format, I got an 18%-was completely devastated at this).
I've currently only done ~770 QBank Questions, but I anticipate doing at least 1,000 by the time I take the test. I've done about 420 NCLEX mastery app questions and borrowed a friend's UWorld for a few days and did ~150 questions. I've really just been focusing on reviewing rationales, hence why I haven't done so many questions. I loved UWorld but could not afford to get my own subscription at the moment. I also reviewed content last since I wanted to identify what I kept getting wrong from questions first.
Now the reason I am anxious is because I've been reading around here and people usually finish the entire Kaplan QBanks or do tons of questions. I'm afraid I didn't prep enough. I did calculate all the questions from QT's, sample tests..etc I've done plus the ones I anticipate getting done and it added up to ~3000 questions. But I still feel like that's not enough compared to everyone else's prep.
Add in the fact that apparently I'm horrible at SATAs and my Kaplan is kind of all over the place. I'm afraid everything I studied won't be on the test and everything I didn't study will! I don't know what to do
Any advice will be greatly appreciated!
Quote from genesis1930
@Priori-Incantatem thank you for the kind words of encouragement! I really hope I pass. Most of my friends have been doing thousands of questions but I personally feel like I can't move on until I understand the rationales behind them! I'm also really afraid of SATAs, but I'm hoping for the best and preparing for the worst!
Uworld really helped me become very proficient at SATA. I was on autopilot for SATA after a week or so of doing uworld questions (150-200 per day). If I were you, I would heavily concentrate on uworld questions for the next week or so. Try to do 150-200 per day in tutor mode. Read the rationales thoroughly after each question, but don't overdo it. Trust your brain is absorbing it. It worked for me. I passed in 75 q and at least 1/3 of my test was SATA.
Personally, I think the NCLEX is heavy on testing critical thinking. I would focus on that aspect and any obvious content weakness area. You will never learn enough content. Heck, my entire exam was educated guessing. Uworld was instrumental in helping me to approach and answer questions in the right way.
Last edit by anneaw on Jul 12