I sat my NCLEX on March 30 (I have been nurse for 13 years in UK but have been an Enterostomal therapy nurse for 10 so no general nursing since then) I have 2 children under the age of 4 and found studying a challenge.
Well I passed (computer shut off at 90) but I have to tell you that many of the questions I did not automatically know, but used critical thinking to try to get to the answer.
For those of you new to nursing, critical thinking is one of the primary, most important aspects of your practice and you will use it often, well the NCLEX exam is no different, if you use your powers of critical thinking you will succeed.
For example, eliminate the questions that you are SURE are not correct then look at the remaining. If its a medication question and you don't know what it is look at the last few letters of the drug, it can sometimes give you a clue as to what class of medication that is from, and then look at the question again for clues.
So, to summarize, don't just guess if you don't know the answer, take your time (you have 6 hours!) look at the question, read it twice, use the process of elimination, then look at the remaining and use critical thinking rather than guessing. You will get more of the questions you don't know right this way.
Good luck to everyone sitting the NCLEX