Nervous about NCLEX... ADVISE PLEASE - page 2

I'm a month away from graduating Nursing School in Texas and we took an ATI predictor the other day. I got a 50% chance of passing the NCLEX on my first time so it makes me nervous about my chances... Read More

  1. by   Emilynn09
    Oh and also- this exam is all about test taking skills. Learn to answer the questions and eliminate wrong answers, even if you don't know the material and you'll be ok.
  2. by   Pick01
    My program was excellent, and we all had to take the ATI test in last semester which was the majority of my grade in one class. We also did the Kaplan program after graduation, and I passed first time, with 75 questions. The main thing to me was ATI seemed to check knowledge, but Kaplan taught more critical thinking, and question breakdown. I studied just as hard everyday after graduation as I did during school, up to 6 hours sometimes, but then day before NCLEX, got a hotel room close to testing site, had a nice dinner, and just relaxed with friends also taking the exam. The next morning went to site, and just did it. Came out thinking I failed, but recieved good pop-up, and two days later found out I had indeed passed. I am now a working RN. So, study hard and have a positive attitude, because you CAN do this. Good Luck to you.
  3. by   CrazierThanYou
    Hi, I took NCLEX last month. I used the Hurst Review book, Kaplan book, Saunder's CD, NCSBN and some other randomness. In my opinion, the NCSBN questions were most similar to NCLEX. Just like them, in fact.

    Yes, it is hard to study for NCLEX as far as content goes because there are endless things they can ask you. I did find, though, that almost all of the topics I had on the test were also in the practice questions I did.

    I felt it was very straightforward myself. I passed the first time with 75 questions.
  4. by   sweetgeorgia
    There is an amazing NCLEX study website that helped me a lot before I took my board exams.

    Main Menu - NCLEX-RN 3500 - Institutional Version

    I would do 25 questions in review mode four to six times a day, and before I knew it I was learning to fill in those gaps in my learning. My best advice to you is to do all the practice questions you can possible do. Kaplan worked wonders for me because it focused on test taking strategies and the questions were at a level that I would compare to similar to the actual test. Everyone is different though so do what works best for you personally. Most of all, the night before the test don't do ANY reading or studying and relax. That state of mind probably helped more than anything combined.

    Good Luck and let us know how you think you did!
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Jul 28, '12
  5. by   whatdoIdonow?
    Hey! I sent you a private message with helpful hints. Didn't know if it would notify you or not so I am mentioning it here!

    Good luck! Know you will do great!
  6. by   CP2013
    I am 2 semesters away from my NCLEX-RN exam and my school uses ATI - we are required to pass at 90%+ or we cannot get our ATT, our school basically says we haven't successfully completed the requirements for their program.


    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Jul 28, '12 : Reason: Tos
  7. by   Miniangel2
    Congrats and GOODLUCK!!

    i really want to PASS my BIGGEST EXAM in my LIFE
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Jul 28, '12 : Reason: tos
  8. by   Preciousscarter
    I took my test yesterday, no official results yet, but I did get the "good" pop up. I think NCSBN questions were pretty close to NCLEX. I also did Saunders and Silvestri. I think the most helpful thing though is learning how to answer the questions using the Maslow/ABC rule. There were so many things I felt I didn't know, but I kept reminding myself that I'm competent enough to be a nurse. What is the best/worst thing that could happen is a good way to answer questions too.
  9. by   Assess&Safety1st
    Hi Preciousscarter,
    I am doing ncsbn. I started last Tuesday. What were your % on each post exam? I'm glad to hear its similar to NCLEX
  10. by   Preciousscarter
    I get 80's and up, BUT... We had to do that As a requirement to graduate from my school. So I've done about all of the questions including the test bank ones, we had a class our last term dedicated to those tests and Saunders and Silvestri. So I just continued until I took my exam
  11. by   Assess&Safety1st
    That's good and it paid off. We had ATI thru my school. I'm studying at moment exam cram ...kind place to place I hope that's not bad but I want to do as many questions as I can. What was your average # of questions per day? How many hours did you study in a day, too?
    Oh and how many months did it take to do NCLEX from last day of school? I know ppl say do it with 80 days from last day of nursing school.
  12. by   Preciousscarter
    We did Hesi, that was a part of passing that class as well. I did tons of questions a day. I mean I always studied. I woke up at 8, cleaned my room fed youngest read to him. Studying by 11 (questions and review books) put my son to nap at 1 or 2, studied til 4 or 5, dinner. The evening was family time. I graduated 6/15 took my test 7/28 so not too bad. My friends who graduated in April only waited 3 weeks. I think summer just takes longer.
  13. by   Assess&Safety1st
    Ya I've been studying 830 am to 2:00 pm then nap lol I get so tried reading, starring at computer, my eyes hurt then 250 ish pick up kids then no more study time family home til next day. Or late at night but I hate studying late I can focus