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NCLEX Tips: PASSED

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by _Cecilia_ _Cecilia_, BSN, RN (Member) Member Nurse

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Hello! I recently passed my NCLEX in 75 questions and would love to share how I studied, down to my studying methods.

NCLEX Tips: PASSED

STUDY METHOD

First and foremost, instead of studying random questions each day, I divided the topics and studied each of them for a certain amount of time. They are as follows:

  • Adult Health: 3 weeks
  • Pediatrics: 1 week
  • Maternity: 1 week
  • Pharmacology: 4 days
  • Critical Care: 3 days
  • Leadership: 3 days
  • Mental Health: 3 days
  • Review Period: 6 days
    • Total: 7 weeks, 5 days

I purchased the program uWorld to practice questions along the way and had two assessments available to use. My first assessment, prior to any studying, was a "Low Chance" of passing. My final assessment, 4 days prior to my exam, was a "Very High Chance" of passing (84th percentile).

Prior to answering questions, I reviewed my notes to the best of my ability and would do 10 questions, then review and write the rationales, and continued that pattern until I reached about 50 to 70 questions each day.  Regarding writing rationales: if it was a topic that I did not fully understand, despite if I got the question wrong or right, I would write the rationale anyway. 

I did study about 7 to 8 hours a day, with light study days here and there. However, you may not need this many hours depending on your study method. My study method includes re-writing notes and remembering each line (doesn't need to be word for word). Because of this, studying was often slow for me, but allowed me to understand concepts well enough.

Towards the end, I took some time to review my notes and rationales for each topic. I re-did the max amount of questions available for each topic (75 max if there were more than 76 practice questions). 4 days prior to my exam, after reviewing, I did my final assessment, and for the next 3 days, I reread whichever topics I felt uncomfortable with.

The day prior to the exam, I spent most of the day for self-care, and spent the night re-reading the challenging topics again. The morning of, I re-read the smaller topics (Critical Care, Leadership, and Mental Health).

JUST PRIOR TO THE EXAM

  1. Wear a bright colored shirt for the exam
  2. Eat a salty meal
  3. Get a good night rest
  4. Boost your confidence! 🙂

My professors said #1 and #2 helps stimulate your brain.

MY EXPERIENCE WITH UWORLD

BIGGEST TIP: view uWorld as a learning tool not too much as an assessment.

The reason being is that uWorld average percentages are based on how its users perform on each question. However each question could be timed, un-timed, and you may never know if users are honest with how they're answering their questions (did they look up answers, etc.). Essentially, there may be too many factors to determine the accuracy of the percentages.

Instead, I have focused on the percentages when I was reviewing the material. Because I have already reviewed the rationales provided, I aimed at receiving an 80% or higher for the topic. By achieving that score, I can determine that I understood the material well enough.

I totally understand how overwhelming this may be, since I have had my days worrying about whether or not I will be able to do it. Take your time -- go at your own pace, and remember to take any breaks that you need. You can DEFINITELY do it, and all the hard work you put in will reward you in the end 🙂 

GO AND SLAYYYY THAT NCLEX! 

P.S. Attached is a calendar of the above.

NCLEX Review Calendar.docx

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Silverdragon102 has 31 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

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45 minutes ago, tnbutterfly said:

Congratulations and thanks for sharing your tips for success with our readers!!!!

Thank you, and I love to help when I can 😊

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ICUMurse97 is a BSN, RN and specializes in CVICU.

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Congratulations! I have recently passed the NCLEX this past July with 75 questions as well. I have to say that UWorld was my lifesaver and would recommend it to everyone. The reason I say that is just from having the format look so similar to the actual test provided some sense of familiarity and relief on test day.

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