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NCLEX-RN Study Prep

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by olivelucy olivelucy (New) New Nurse

Has 1 years experience.

Hi all!

I am just looking for some guidance on studying for my NCLEX- RN. In the past, I used Kaplan to study for my NCLEX-PN and passed first time in the lowest amount of questions, but this was five years ago. I am now going to be graduating from an RN program and it seems that people are all about UWorld. I guess my question is: What did you use and what did you find the most helpful? Is there anyone who only used UWorld? Is there anyone who just took it and didn't study? I also have a Saunders book that I just got but it's a billion pages and I'm kind of just having a hard time deciding where to start.

Help meeeee! Thanks 🙂

I used the NCSBN Review Course, UWorld and Nurse Achieve. I think nurse achieve and the NCSBN review helped me the most. I like UWorld but their questions are harder than NCLEX. The questions in the NCSBN Review are the closest to the type of questions on NCLEX. Nurse Achieve has CAT exams that helped me prepare. I passed my NCLEX first time in 60 questions. I studied for 17 days and completed around 5100 questions before taking the exam.

5 hours ago, studentnurse2018 said:

I used the NCSBN Review Course, UWorld and Nurse Achieve. I think nurse achieve and the NCSBN review helped me the most. I like UWorld but their questions are harder than NCLEX. The questions in the NCSBN Review are the closest to the type of questions on NCLEX. Nurse Achieve has CAT exams that helped me prepare. I passed my NCLEX first time in 60 questions. I studied for 17 days and completed around 5100 questions before taking the exam.

Did you really feel like the NCSBN review was that good? I did not feel like the questions were challenging enough (so I felt like it was under-preparing me) and the rationales could have been better. I was annoyed I spent money on it honestly. But I am glad it worked out for you in the end.

I didn't like the review content. It was too wordy and long in the NCSBN review. The practice questions were similar to NCLEX. I did about 1700 questions from the review. I thought the rationales were good and helped me answer questions on the NCLEX.

olivelucy

Has 1 years experience.

5 hours ago, studentnurse2018 said:

I used the NCSBN Review Course, UWorld and Nurse Achieve. I think nurse achieve and the NCSBN review helped me the most. I like UWorld but their questions are harder than NCLEX. The questions in the NCSBN Review are the closest to the type of questions on NCLEX. Nurse Achieve has CAT exams that helped me prepare. I passed my NCLEX first time in 60 questions. I studied for 17 days and completed around 5100 questions before taking the exam.

Do you feel like the NCLEX was easier than you thought? I'm planning on using UWorld and feel like the fact that questions are harder would be better?

38 minutes ago, nursepaloma said:

Did you really feel like the NCSBN review was that good? I did not feel like the questions were challenging enough (so I felt like it was under-preparing me) and the rationales could have been better. I was annoyed I spent money on it honestly. But I am glad it worked out for you in the end.

@nursepaloma what did you end up using to study?

7 minutes ago, olivelucy said:

@nursepaloma what did you end up using to study?

UWorld and Saunders but I have not yet tested so I don't know if that route will be successful yet 😅

olivelucy

Has 1 years experience.

3 minutes ago, nursepaloma said:

UWorld and Saunders but I have not yet tested so I don't know if that route will be successful yet 😅

Seems like we have the same study plan then... hopefully it works!! Are you just going through all the Saunders chapters? When do you test?

Yep, and taking notes of anything pertinent. And I have no clue 😔 I have yet to receive my ATT and who knows when I will find an available test date. What about you?

olivelucy

Has 1 years experience.

14 minutes ago, nursepaloma said:

Yep, and taking notes of anything pertinent. And I have no clue 😔 I have yet to receive my ATT and who knows when I will find an available test date. What about you?

My school is weird and gives us the Summer off, so I won't be graduating until Fall. I'm just trying to get ahead and study this Summer so I'll be ready. When did you get UWorld? Like when did you start studying with it? I'm trying to figure out when a good time to purchase it is?

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I got it a couple weeks after I graduated but I should have gotten it sooner. It seems most people take 3-4 weeks to study with it which is how long the least expensive option is (a month of access). But it really depends on how well you feel prepared! If you feel unsure you should definitely take more time to look over your stuff.

olivelucy

Has 1 years experience.

3 hours ago, nursepaloma said:

I got it a couple weeks after I graduated but I should have gotten it sooner. It seems most people take 3-4 weeks to study with it which is how long the least expensive option is (a month of access). But it really depends on how well you feel prepared! If you feel unsure you should definitely take more time to look over your stuff.

Thanks! Goodluck, Nurse! 🙂