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Nurses who have passed the NCLEX-Please help me!

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Hello RN's!

I wanted to get some insight from the nurses who have passed the NCLEX. What did you study? How many hours did you study? What worked the best for you?

Thanks! :)

Im not sure if i passed, but i took the exam yesterday. I answered about 300 questions a day for 3 months. Not sure how many hours because i dont answer it in one seating. Of i get tired i walk around the house, watch tv or take a nap.

Clovery

Has 1 years experience.

I took it ASAP after graduating (so everything was fresh in my mind), read the Kaplan book, and did the practice tests in the book and CD-ROM. Throughout nursing school I used various CD-ROMs to do practice question - my favorite was Silvestri. Passed the NCLEX with 75 questions, felt pretty clueless on nearly half of them. I found the Kaplan strategies very useful, I would definitely suggest picking up that book for around $20 (amazon) and going through it cover to cover.

Im not sure if i passed, but i took the exam yesterday. I answered about 300 questions a day for 3 months. Not sure how many hours because i dont answer it in one seating. Of i get tired i walk around the house, watch tv or take a nap.

Hi Neliztanee, thanks for sharing your story and good luck on your results! I will definitely keep answering lots and lots of questions.

I took it ASAP after graduating (so everything was fresh in my mind), read the Kaplan book, and did the practice tests in the book and CD-ROM. Throughout nursing school I used various CD-ROMs to do practice question - my favorite was Silvestri. Passed the NCLEX with 75 questions, felt pretty clueless on nearly half of them. I found the Kaplan strategies very useful, I would definitely suggest picking up that book for around $20 (amazon) and going through it cover to cover.

Hi Clovery, thank you for giving me some great tips! I will definitely look into the Kaplan strategies book ;)

I took it ASAP after graduating (so everything was fresh in my mind), read the Kaplan book, and did the practice tests in the book and CD-ROM. Throughout nursing school I used various CD-ROMs to do practice question - my favorite was Silvestri. Passed the NCLEX with 75 questions, felt pretty clueless on nearly half of them. I found the Kaplan strategies very useful, I would definitely suggest picking up that book for around $20 (amazon) and going through it cover to cover.

Hi Clovery, so I'm looking up the Kaplan Strategies on amazon and I found great deals on the 2010-2011 edition but the 2012-2013 edition doesn't come with the cd. Which edition did you use? And if I purchased the 2010-2011 edition, do you think that would still be very useful?

Hi neliztanee,

Wow i admire you for doing 300 questions a day. I barely can go through 150 a day. How many weeks or months did you take to prepare? What resources did you use?

Cheribonbon, some of the questions were repetitive. I used nclex 3500, a saunders, kaplan strategies and a downloaded q trainer. Also a little bit of la charity

I did 450-500 questions a day and still failed I pray you passed it's no joke!

I did pass the NCLEX and I studied the Saunders comprehensive, which is a very good one to get, and I also studied the exam cram. I studied here and there and the night before and i had 85 questions and i passed. Questions that I got was common sense questions and select all that apply. But it wasn't too hard. Good luck! This is for the LPN.

Hello. The one thing I found most useful was answering questions. I did 20 at a time, read the rationales and took a 10 min break after each one. I did this for 1 month (these are my recommendations that helped me pass the 3rd time). Most helpful was NCSBN, Nclex-3500, and LaCharity for questions.

Racer15, BSN, RN

Specializes in ED. Has 5 years experience.

I took the Hurst live review, and aside from that, maybe studied 10 hours total. The day before NCLEX I made sure I knew all of my normal lab values, and that was it. It was three weeks from when I graduated to when I sat for my NCLEX, so I didn't feel that there was much point in studying hardcore.

I took Hurst Review and only study for about 1.5 weeks. Passed with 75 questions. Good luck :)

I just purchased the LaCharity! This was the missing link to passing on my second try. I know my third attempt will be great god is able.

When I was studying for the nclex, I studied about 5 hours each day and that including reviewing materials and answering many nclex questions. I took the nclex 6 weeks after I graduated so I had most of the information in my brain. I think its important to take the nclex right after you graduate and its important to trust yourself. You went through nursing school, you can pass the nclex

tots24

Specializes in pediatrics, orthopedics. Has 1 years experience.

One of the things that really helped me was making a running list of meds/assessments/interventions I wasn't very familiar with that I encountered during my practice quizzes. After I finished the quiz I would look up everything I could about these topics so that if I came across it again I would be prepared. I'm so happy I did because there were a few times during my NCLEX that I had questions about things I had looked up just a few weeks before!

I tested in early February, exactly two months to the day after my graduation date.

I took the Hurst review two days after graduation. I did five of the six Q-Review exams... That's it. Really. I didn't study anything else/do any other questions. I googled things that I didn't completely understand.

I had faith that my nursing school prepared me with the content. Hurst more so helped me to put it all together and learn how to apply the concrete nursing knowledge to dynamic situations/I love how it condensed so much information in an easy to remember way.

I passed with 75 questions in an hour and a half.

I took my nclex in 2011 & passed with 75 questions. I did the entire Saunders review book and studied 2-5 hrs a day for a month before. My advice is to give yourself a few weeks to study bug don't wait too long. I took the test very fast 28 mins lol (I always take tests fast drove my classmates nuts but it works for me!) and a lot of it was eliminating options and guessing. Saunders was the best review in my opinion.