Passed NCLEX-RN with 180 questions!

  1. Hello,

    I took the exam last week and passed on my first try with 180 questions!

    I barely passed nursing school so I knew I had to work hard to pass the NCLEX. So I studied for about two months. For one month I studied for about 3-4 hours a day for 5 days a week. And the next month I studied for 6-8 hours a day 6 days a week. The tools I used to study were:
    Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN® Examination, 6th Edition
    Nclex Mastery App ($30)
    Hurst Audio Reviews
    Kaplan NCLEX-RN Premier 2016
    Lippincott's Q&A Review for NCLEX-RN: Edition 11
    35 page study guide on allnurses

    Hurst and Kaplan was what helped me the most! I memorized everything by rewriting and reading everything over and over again. I also made sure to do about 5,000+ questions and read every single rationale.

    I took the exam last week during the afternoon confident I knew my material. But I was WRONG. It was like the exam was everything I DIDN'T study. I was expecting to stop at 75 questions but I did not. And that made me anxious. I took the break the computer gave me and went back to answering questions. After awhile I started to go threw the questions faster than I did in the beginning. But I made sure to read each question and answer fully before moving on. After 3 hours the computer shut off on me. I walked out of the center feeling like I failed.

    The next two days were horrible. All I could do was research my possibilities of passing or failing. I was convinced that I had failed. But I didn't! I actually PASSED!!!!

    My advice for those taking the NCLEX:
    -Study. And study the way that is best for you. If you need to takes breaks then take breaks. If you study better alone than study alone. If you study by audio, find something that uses audio. Don't study according to how others study. They are not you. But make sure you don't slack off. Make a schedule if you have to.
    -Do questions. Expose yourself to as may questions as possible. And make sure you read the rationales!
    -Take a break if needed. You're brain will be fried if you don't spend time taking care of yourself. But don't take too long of a break, you need to get back to studying!
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  3. by   Silverdragon102
    Moved to the NCLEX forum

    congratulations
  4. by   NurseTracey561
    Congratulations ✨. I too will be testing in 4 days .
    Did you do all the questions in lippincott ??
  5. by   Pinklity
    thank you!

    I did. I did a different section each day corresponding to the topic I was studying that day. So if i were studying Cardio in Hurst I would do cardio section in lipinncott.
    The a few days prior to my exam I did the 6 comprehensive tests in about 3 days.

    The only thing about Lipinncott is that it is difficult and there are many errors. But from what I researched getting 50-60s is actually a good sign.
  6. by   NurseTracey561
    Oh wow !!
    I did 1 comprehensive test so far , I test in 3 days ,I think I'll do 2 more . n yes it's pretty difficult like Uworld , I got a 62 on the first comp but ugghhh its a lot ,I'm going crazy lol . Thanks so much for the reply
  7. by   Pinklity
    Good luck!

    Fyi I had tons of priority questions so make sure you practice those!!! I had to make educated guesses on those questions, and all i had to base my knowledge off from was my Hurst content.

    I heard from MANY people Uworld was great for them too!
  8. by   NurseTracey561
    Thanks!!
  9. by   Yogsdaleo,RN
    Quote from NurseTracey561
    Congratulations ������������✨��� ���������������� ���. I too will be testing in 4 days ������.
    Did you do all the questions in lippincott ??
    We test the same day. I will be praying for you!!
  10. by   NurseTracey561
    Thanks ! I will be to for you ✨
  11. by   NurseTracey561
    What resources are you using ??
    i am redoing my priority and pharm questions in uworld .
    I completed the PDA book,Saunders,& hurst . Uhhhhh I'm like so anxious,excited n scared . Praying ,all these resources help in some way . I also listened to mark Klimek lectures and reviewed his blue book.
    I pray we both pass !!!
  12. by   Yogsdaleo,RN
    Quote from NurseTracey561
    What resources are you using ??
    i am redoing my priority and pharm questions in uworld .
    I completed the PDA book,Saunders,& hurst . Uhhhhh I'm like so anxious,excited n scared ������. Praying ������������,all these resources help in some way . I also listened to mark Klimek lectures and reviewed his blue book.
    I pray we both pass !!!
    This is my second go at it. First time I had a panick attack. But, I am using Uworld, I had the NCSBN, Mastery APP. I completed Uworld, but I re did the questions section by section. The priority, then the basic care and comfort, renal, cardiac, maternity. and I talk it out about why each answer is wrong or right. The NCSBN expired but I didn't like their QBank. So right now Just Uworld, oh, and the 35 page guide. I feel pretty confident. Remember, we only have to get 50 pct right above that line. That first question is going to mean everything!!!
  13. by   NurseTracey561
    Quote from Yokharis
    This is my second go at it. First time I had a panick attack. But, I am using Uworld, I had the NCSBN, Mastery APP. I completed Uworld, but I re did the questions section by section. The priority, then the basic care and comfort, renal, cardiac, maternity. and I talk it out about why each answer is wrong or right. The NCSBN expired but I didn't like their QBank. So right now Just Uworld, oh, and the 35 page guide. I feel pretty confident. Remember, we only have to get 50 pct right above that line. That first question is going to mean everything!!!

    Sorta like the same resources I'm using . I'm deffinetly gonna look over that 30 page guide today n tomorrow ! N ugghhh I hope I score above 😩✊🏾. N yes it sure will ! Good luck ,hope we both pass 🙏🏾!
  14. by   gorgeous_me
    Congrats for passing by the way, how can i access the Hurst Audio review? Thanks

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