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Comparison of UWorld, Hurst, and NRSNG NCLEX prep and review!

NCLEX Prep

How's it going, guys. So I just found out today that I passed NCLEX and would like to shed some light on which review I thought was most beneficial. The 3 reviews I will be reviewing are UWorld, Hurst, and NRSNG. 

UWorld:

This was my favorite out of the 3. UWorld looks most like NCLEX and while the questions are hard, they are very detailed (something you will not find with NCLEX). UWorlds real selling point is the rationales. My god, AMAZING. If you take the time to read into the rationales, then you're golden. I finished all  2000+ questions in a little over a month and scored a 78th percentile overall with Highly likely to pass on my practice exam that was included in the 90-day bundle. I paid $180 for the bundle w/ 2 practice exams. 

Hurst:

I struggled with retaining content through school semester to semester so Hurst seemed like a good idea. The 3-day class was very informative, and I "remembered" a lot that I had forgotten throughout my 2 years of Nursing school. However, for the price of $400 (I paid $350 w/coupon code), I don't recommend it unless you're really trying to review content. Their practice test ?'s are also subpar, and "Aunt Marlene's" voice is annoying as hell. 

NRSNG:

I have been a member here for almost my whole treck through nursing school. Jon and the gang do a great job at providing literally everything for you to succeed. They have lessons upon lessons, practice questions, and my favorite, SIMCLEX. SIMCLEX is a CAT test (the algorithm is apparently mimicked to NCLEX) that predicts your chances of passing NCLEX between 75-265 questions. I took this at least 6 times and passed all but 1. Compared to UWorld however, the questions are not challenging and while they swear they have 10,000 questions built in a question bank, I found a lot of repeats. Also, there are quite a few grammatical eras. Prices are free, $15 or $30 for unlimited. Unlimited gets you unlimited attempts at SIMCLEX and all the content. Also, they have a great money back guarantee for up to $500 if you fail NCLEX and have been a member for 3 months and taken SIMCLEX at least 3 times. Hope this doesn't happen to anyone, but they do have a lot of faith in their program!  

So the breakdown: 

1. UWorld

for the price, it's def. the best bang for your buck. Rationales are great and it looks just like NCLEX. Be sure to get the package with the practice exams, they're really helpful! 

2. NRSNG 

While it cost $30 a month for the unlimited (they have a free and intermediate plan as well) this is a great content review resource. Their customer service is unlike any other as well. It ranks second because their NPQ's aren't quite as challenging as UWorlds, but it's definitely a great resource. 

3. Hurst 

Good content review but that is about it. My biggest gripe is they didn't even cover all the content in the 3-day class. This is fine, but for that price I expected it to be much more. 

Overall: UWorld for the win.

If you must choose 2, go for NRSNG too. I have no experience with Kaplan but have heard mix feelings. Honestly, I don't think you can go wrong with UWorld, but that's my 2 cents.

(And yes, the PVT worked for me; my results were posted to the BON within 24hrs) 

Good luck to everyone! 

New graduate nurse working in the CCU. Located in Nashville, TN.

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Congrats on passing! I utilized Uworld and actually finished the entire test bank today. The rationales were on point and extremely informative!  

Wait, the questions on NCLEX aren’t as detailed compared to UWORLD? I feel like that can be good or bad - good because it takes away the unnecessary fluff & bad, because then it’ll be easy to overthink every question without the details. 

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Congratulations

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3 hours ago, ali412 said:

Wait, the questions on NCLEX aren’t as detailed compared to UWORLD? I feel like that can be good or bad - good because it takes away the unnecessary fluff & bad, because then it’ll be easy to overthink every question without the details. 

So this was one of the big things I noticed throughout my exam was that the questions seemed super vague compared to my UWorld experience. However, like you said, it's not necessarily a bad thing. UWorld adds a bunch of "fluff" and extra detail that can draw you away from the correct answer sometimes or lead you to it. NCLEX is hard because it's vague, but it's doable. If you prepared with UWorld then just pretend you're taking a UWorld quiz and you'll be set! Good Luck! 

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