I totally agree with Nivek21. My first time I did not study for NCLEX itself. I went through Mosby's questions without checking the rationals. Then, I had 96 questions, and failed.
From February, I took the Hurst review online course, which gave me so much information including practical nursing knowledge, and then, I practiced questions from Saunders content review CD. This CD included about 4000 questions. Many of them are really tough you have to know the content. So, I focused on more for Hurst review because Marlene was telling me that you cannot know everything but you should build how to make a clinical judgement when you encounter something you don't know. It happens all the time in the real world. You ask for help when you don't know but you also need immediate clinical judgement for patient's safety. So, this online review really helped me.
I didn't go through all the questions from Saunders because sometimes it was just too much detailed. However, it was helpful to make a RIGHT answer from tricky deceiving wrong answers. Their rationals are good to build test-taking strategies.
I focused on major diseases, major drugs, memorizing lab values which are also just major ones such as lytes, BUN, Cr, Hgb, Hct, PLT, & WBC. I am working in med/surg area so that I tried going thoroughly around maternity and pediatrics which are my weak areas.
Still, on my second trial, I had some questions which I never studied for. If you still have time to study, don't pass the pages for legal issues and therapeutic communications. Anything in your book can be questioned. At the same time, don't panic when you see a thick material which includes just endless topics. Nobody including physicians would not know all diseases or all drugs. So, whenver you encounter something unfamiliar on the test, tell yourself "well, I don't know this disease which means nobody else would not know this!" I also had a really relaxed day a day before the exam. I went to a restaurant with my husband and just had a good time. On the morning, I checked one more time just someting I had to memorize such as G&D stages, and lab values. This worked. I had a couple questions from G&D which were very tricky if I did not go through in the morning.
Lastly, you should make two weeks "concentrated" study days. I prepared for the second trial about two months, but I have a baby and also work as a full time RN right here in Canada. So, I just tried to do 200 questions per day when I am off, I did not study when I worked, and I used my vacation two week off for studying. As the exam date was coming up, I was feeling "ready" although I thought about cancelling the date many time! I just wanted to try to write to see if this was enough. I was almost fed up with studying.
Today, I got a result of "PASS" and I am so happy and relieved. This website gave me so much information including Hurst online course, Saunders, and test taking strategies. Check this site whenver you have problems. It will help you a lot! Good luck and I wish your success :Melody: :Melody: