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NCLEX Resource Review - Kaplan, Hurst, UWorld

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What's the difference between Kaplan, Hurst, and UWorld?

A personal insight into NCLEX study resources and tools. What helped me and hopefully you too! You are reading page 6 of NCLEX Resource Review - Kaplan, Hurst, UWorld. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

NCLEX Resources and Tools

  1. 1. Which NCLEX resource have you found helpful?

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      UWorld
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      Kaplan
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      Hurst
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      BoardVitals
  2. 2. Which tools have you found helpful when studying NCLEX?

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      Picmonic
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      SketchyNursing
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      NCLEX RN Mastery
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      Epoctrates

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Congratulations on passing your NCLEX on the third attempt. I passed my NCLEX PN on the third attempt only I used Hurst.

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I almost only used Uworld as well and I passed in 75. I studied a lot to pass, but I don't think it mattered too much that it was Uworld that I studied with. Some of the Uworld content was really out there and I can't imagine it ever being on a nursing test much less NCLEX. What I thought Uworld was really good for was anything other than SATA and multiple choice. That doesn't leave a lot left over, but the order questions were spot on as well as the ECG and listening questions (coarse vs fine crackles etc). The pick a point on where to do a procedure was good too. There are not a ton of those questions, but they are high value questions.

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Hey! I see you are in Nevada too, are you applying for Carrington's RN program? I just took the Kaplan last night and I made a post in a different group about how I studied for it so I'm going to C&P that here for you!

Firstly I studied out of the Hesi, Kaplan, and McGraw Hill nursing entry exam review books (all purchased on amazon). I also studied off of Khan Academy's SAT prep for reading, writing, and to brush up on grammar. I scored 100% in reading, 96% in math, and 81% in writing. If you've already taken the exam I would love to compare scores, especially if you've applied before! I'm pretty happy with my scores but I have no frame of reference for it they are good enough to get in.

Math: There is a calculator available to you for every question. Most of the questions are working with fractions and decimals and are VERY easy. There were a few very simple "solve for x" equations and a few simple word problems as well. The HESI and Kaplan review book's math section are significantly more difficult than what you will encounter on the actual exam. The McGraw hill is very similar in difficulty but touches on things I found you really didn't need for the exam, like geometry.

Reading: The reading comprehension section was WAY easier than the reading comprehension sections of the Khan SAT prep, Kaplan, and Hesi books. The passages were comparable to those of the McGraw hill book, but honestly I would say a smidge easier. I would not stress about this section, it was very straightforward.

Writing: This section was definitely the hardest. You are given a passage to read and then given a series of questions about how to alter the passage. Some questions ask you to pick the best spot to add a sentence, to pick out a sentence to delete because it is repetitive, to identify which sentence is missing a verb etc. The most difficult part about this section was that I often felt that multiple answers were correct. None of the review books were helpful for this section but the Khan Academy website was. Their SAT writing review section had the most similar questions to the actual exam and going through their grammar review page was extremely helpful in brushing up on things like subject-verb agreement, semicolon usage, affect vs. effect etc.

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Hello everyone! I have been reading this forum for months and I am taking the NCLEX on October 9. I have an issue and I apologize in advice if the post is a little long...

I am using Kaplan with an average of 55 on all Question trainers:

QT1 55

QT2 53

QT3 47(don't know what happened there, I took it as part of a school assignment)

QT4 61

QT5 60

QT6 55

QT7 54

I got 65 on the 265-question Diagnostic test (I took it as a part of my school program in July.)

Average of 58 on all the Qbanks.

I did 100% of the Kaplan Qbank.

I am waiting to take the Readiness test later this week or early next week...

My NCLEX sample tests are 54, 55, 90 (who do you see first) and 32 on the alternative question format test.

Uworld assessment test GAVE ME 58%, and a High chance of passing... Which is my average on the Kaplan Qbank as well, 58. So, mathematically speaking, I am around 55-58 on both systems...

My issue really is content... I was an average student, one or two Cs and low-medium Bs. I know I don't know my content that great. You know sometimes you fail one exam, but you do much better on the next exam and your average score is balanced and you pass, but at the same time the material you didn't learn from the exams you failed leaves a big gap in your head...

So, any advice on what to do for these last 10 days? I just purchased Uworld for the self-assessment tests...

I know it is too late to learn everything I missed during nursing school, but do you think it is better to keep doing Qbanks (Uworld and repeat Kaplan) or should I just sit down and read the NCLEX content book instead? I am a good test taker, but I am not confident in my knowledge base... I am not saying I don't know anything, but I am afraid that the NCLEX will zero in very quickly on the topics I don't know and I will fail because I will get 40 questions on the material I am not confident about... It is supposed to be a smart system, right?

Any advice will be greatly appreciated!!

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Quota is a BSN, RN and specializes in Oncology.

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I'd suggest doing Uworld questions. If you know you are weak in specific areas focus more on those questions. Make sure you read all the rationales because that's where the real learning happens with Uworld. I didn't do anything with Kaplan so I can't compare but Uworld was great for me while studying for my NCLEX.

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Thank you for your answer! So what scores do you think should I aim for in UWorld? I am reading rationales and they are really helpful but unlike Kaplan, UWorld doesn't give you a certain percent that you have to score (Kaplan tells you that 60 and above is good)

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Quota is a BSN, RN and specializes in Oncology.

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From what I've read the upper 50s is usually high enough. I completely all the Uworld questions plus two assessment tests with a score of 65% overall, 64% and 65% on the assessments. I passed my NCLEX in 80 questions. Based on the assessments Uworld gave me a rating of very high chance of passing.

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well, I just did the Kaplan Readiness test and got a 66 which says I got a 97% chance of passing... It made me feel good lol... but I felt like I was guessing so much...

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Well, I am taking NCLEX in two days and my final scores are 66 on the Kaplan Readiness test and 58 on both UWorld assessment tests... Prayer is all that is left now...

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Lipoma has 2 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Emergency Nursing.

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You'll be fine. I took the nclex on 10/1 and my Kaplan Qbank scores were 55s-60s with a readiness score of 69%. In my opinion, Kaplan was way harder than the nclex itself.

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Lipoma, CONGRATS!!!!!!! love to see that RN next to your name. I have a few questions if you would be so kind as to answer: Background: I JUST started the Kaplan prep. Online live course- We finished Day 4 of the online review. I did the diagnostic with a 58%. Question Trainer 1 was 53% so I definitely need to review content. That's as far as I got- technically Diagnostic, QT1-3 are to be done before class, but I got enrolled very late (shout out to my teacher I am working with and Kaplan for getting me in this session so I didn't have to wait!).

My questions to you are: 1) how many weeks did you prepare before you took the test 2) when did you know you were ready and 3) were your questions scores in the 55-60s like the QBANK, or were they lower and you built up? Any tips?

Thank you! :)

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Mimi113 said:
Well, I am taking NCLEX in two days and my final scores are 66 on the Kaplan Readiness test and 58 on both UWorld assessment tests... Prayer is all that is left now...

Mimi, how did you fare on the exam? This will be my 3rd time taking the NCLEX- first time was right out of school, I missed it by a hair (well not really, but it was pharm that really got me), the second time I didn't prepare adequately- I did not put the work in and was too distracted. Just doing QBANK questions from Kaplan that came with my school and nursing drug cards, so that was on me. Now is my third attempt and I am doing Kaplan Online. My school still was able to give me access for free, as I haven't passed yet.

I hope and pray you passed, and that you are celebrating.

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