Just a note of encouragement for all you graduate nurses out there! I took my NCLEX this past Thursday and it took me 2 hours and 45 minutes to do 75 questions. Right around question 50 I began to have a major panic attack and I really don't remember much after that. When the computer shut off at 75, I just stared blankly at the screen hoping that it might give me a few more questions. I got home and tried to frantically look up SOME of the questions I remembered and sadly, I think I got those wrong. I was absolutely convinced I failed. I graduated with honors from a leading university and consider myself relatively smart!
I had already prepared my friends, classmates and family members for my failure. Today, I wept as I read the quick results. I passed. I am convinced, like some of you, that our "educated guesses" truly are better than the average non-nursing person and that we may think we don't know the answers, but we do down deep. So, good luck to all of you. Believe in yourself! You really do know more than you think!
Feb 18, '07
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hi SN2006 pls give me tips, what books did i u used?? how many hours in a day u read ur reading materials?? il sit on nclex this april 5 and as early as now i feel scared and nervous already...believe it or not, sometimes i woke up in the middle of the night remembering what ive read in the whole day..pls help me or give me an advice...congrats!!!!
I took it last Thursday, shut down at 75 and, don't know if I passed yet (waiting like everybody else) but ...
IMO, the exam was very close to Kaplan questions. After using Saunders, Davis, Mosby and Lippincott I feel Kaplan was the best prep. In hindsight, I wish I had just done Kaplan from the start because, to me at least, the whole exam looked like Kaplan.
As far as feeling clueless, I also feel that Kaplan is the best prep for that. Most of their questions are very difficult and basically teach you how to do educated guessing with a little more confidence.
Because of Kaplan, I didn't freak out as much because they sort of train you to expect not knowing everything right off the bat and, instead, figuring out how to best game the test.
I was also surprized to see a lot of Kaplan content on the exam that I didn't see in the other NCLEX guides. Some of the questions looked to me like they almost came straight out of Kaplan.
Last edit by Sheri257 on Feb 18, '07