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NCLEX next week!?!?!?!

I'm scheduled to take my nclex next week (FREAKING OUT :facepalm:). Graduated May11th. I haven't studied every day, but maybe every other day for 2 weeks. I do roughly 100? each day. There is a 35 page study guide floating around here, is this a helpful tool in prepping for NCLEX? I've currently done ATI, some book Saunders, a few NCBSN questions (Paid $50 for 3weeks), and a few Kaplan. I'm trying to not spend a ton of extra money studying, fearing the worst I fail my nclex and have to pay $200 again. :( But the next few days are very paramount in my studying, so I'm ready to buckle down and put some time in. ANY ADVICE would be appreciated !!

windsurfer8, BSN

Specializes in Psych/Military Nursing.

Calm down. "freaking out" is not really a quality you want to have as an RN. I took it in 2006 and passed no problem. For me I did not know the "answer" to every single question, but my NCLEX test taking skills were dialed in tight. I knew how to read and understand what the question was asking. Next I was good at throwing out two answers and then going with the most likely of the remaining two. That for me was way more important than knowing micro details of every medication, lab, etc.

Do practice questions you know nothing about and practice throwing out bad answers. Good luck.

Freaking out was a hair of an exaggeration LOL, but this is a big deal & I'd be lying if I didn't say I wasn't super nervous :) Thanks for the articulate advice, I appreciate it immensely!!!

windsurfer8, BSN

Specializes in Psych/Military Nursing.

I remember walking out and I wasn't even worried. It turned off at 75 and I knew I had passed. Not that I knew every "answer", but I found it pretty simple to throw out the answer that didn't fit what the question was asking. It is all about what the question is asking.

Just enjoy this last bit of freedom because 12 hour shifts are waiting! Good luck!

barcode120x, ADN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Telemetry.

My only advice is to take an entire day off the day before your test. Don't mind dump, but relax and destress. Eat out with friends, take a nap, get a massage, play some video games, or netflix and chill. I'm dead serious. Most of my friends, including myself had done so and it definitely helped prep and relax the day of the test. Of course the whole anxiety feeling won't go away, but you need to take control and manage it. 1 more tip. The day after your test, go do something fun and mind dump.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

Moved to the NCLEX forum for more responses. Good luck to you.


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