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Hey Nurses! I am concerned about my upcoming NCLEX! I bought these cards from Springhouse, and breezed right through, I think I missed like 10% the first time through. I have been an LPN for 10 years, so i am not sure if the cards were easier because I already have some practical experience, or do I have a false sense of security?

I hate to spend a lot of money on a book I need for only the next 3-4 weeks.

Any advice????? Thanks in advance! Tami


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I took the exam waaaaaaay back when it was 5 separate tests over a 2 day period! But, I'd say study the cards, get a friend to paraphrase them, work on scenarios that could be asked... the gals at work swore by the review courses...Kaplan etc. Think over your answer then go on with it. And....PRAY.

Good luck.


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I found that the practice tests on the computer were all that I really needed. You have the knowledge all you need to do it put it to use. I found that the computer tests were a great asset. Since all tests in school were paper, ( at least mine were) it was easy to skip a question that I was unsure of and come back to it. The computer does not allow that so there is some added stress. Be able to practice on the computer really eased the tension when I took it for real! Good luck I am sure you will do great, 75 questions and you will be done!


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Specializes in ER, PACU, OR.


"Either you know it, or you dont"

I took the NCLEX on the computer, the first year they started using it. When I look back, my opinion still remains unchanged. It is not going to matter how manybooks you use, how many questions you answer correctly? I knew people (a couple) considered to be two of the best students in the class.....that would study non-stop. At NCLEX time they crammed for weeks......claiming to have done over 7,000 questions and read the rationales for the missed answers. One passsed, one failed. Then there have been others, who never lifted a finger and passed? Personally, I studied a bit, not a lot. The night before, I went to bed early slept all night, did NOT get up early to study and took the test. I passed the first time. I think thsoe books? They are confidence boosters at best.

"Either you know it, or you dont"

Have a great day, and don't make things worse than they are!

:) Rick :)


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When I attended nursing school we were taught to fear the dreaded NCLEX. Then we were informed they were writing a new test and testing it on new graduates, us included. I got the book and studied, studied, studied, took the test on computor and did well. I took a NCLEX prep class given by our instructors and did wonderful. With our test the computor can shut off at 60 to 250 questions when it decides wether you answered enough sufficiently to pass. I went to the full 250! Not a single question referred to anything at all we were told to study, not one! They were you went in to the hospital for your shift, these are you patients who do you see first. I cried, as did most of my classmates admit they did because we just knew we failed. I passed. So prepeing is good, but be prepared for not being prepared, just eat a good breakfast, take a depp breath, read the question and all the answers rule out the always, never and sometimes and when in doubt © it out. Also do not read too much into the questions!!!!!!! Good luck and God Bless. :)


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Thanks everyone for your advice- it all makes sense. Our college Director said that it will seem like you answered half wrong, and you will, because the computer tests you increasingly harder, then easire, looking for your entry level, and if your knowledge level is at or above the national average, you PASS! Thanks for the prayers. I think I will bone up on the items I have more difficulty keeping straight and relax.

HMMM 'C' it out? I remember seeing something about if you have toguess, choose a "middle' answer!

Thanks again!

Overland1, RN

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You will do just fine. If I can do it, you can do it :D.

Never change an answer after you have chosen it; most people change answers from right to wrong.

What I did was cover the answers for the question on the screen with a sheet of folded paper, and then decided how I would answer the question if it were an essay/short-answer test. I would then compare the choices with my initialy thoughts and chose the one which kost closely matched my 'answer' (thanks to Amy A., a nurse who suggested this method to me, and to Gail W., and EMS instructor who stresses the benefit of essay questions on tests - they prepare you for everything).

I wish you well. Now go take on the test!

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