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Passed NCLEX in 60 questions (my story & tips) 8/03

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This is just my personal experience with the NCLEX. Feel free to ask any questions!

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Passed NCLEX in 60 questions (my story & tips) 8/03

My Journey to Success

I graduated May 9th & my school was extremely slow getting or transcripts together. I also got a job in another state that required me to mail all my forms in to the BON. I didn’t get my ATT until June 15th. Along with the limited spots & the people that got pushed back from covid, I had two spots available to me. One was June 17th and the other was Aug. 3rd (the one I chose).

I started studying (hardcore LOL) one month out. I used UWorld, Mark K, & a little bit of Hurst, & sarah RN on Youtube. Two things I felt that really helped was Mark & Sarah. From my understanding, Sarah RN on YT took all the UWorld rationales & organized them & turned them into videos. I can remember things better if I hear it rather than reading something. Mark helped with electrolytes & how the body reacts to the imbalances.

Some tips:

1. Don’t over study & take rest days.
I found myself over doing it. I would study 12 hours/day, 6 days a week. Crazy. I know. I found my missing questions that I knew on UWorld because my brain was exhausted.

2. Read the rationale.
I went through the UWorld qbank twice & I would answer questions blindly the second time because I remembered the answer. That’s just memorization & that will not be helpful on NCLEX.

3. Log off social media if you have to.
I was off my accounts for a month because I get anxious when I see others passing or failing their NCLEX. I don’t know why I’m like that but go at your pace. Do not compare yourself.

4. Positive & confident thoughts.
I had to give myself a pep talk the morning of my NCLEX because I did practice questions that morning & wasn’t getting the score I wanted to see... leading to my next tip...

5. Study how you want!
You have to know yourself when it comes to studying. I woke up at 3:30am & watched sarah RN because I couldn’t sleep & my test was at 8am. I studied in my car before I walked in to take the exam. I have also seen how others say do not do anything the day before or the day of the NCLEX. I studied the day before as well. I studied til the last minute in nursing school. Do what works for you.

6. Stay away from nervous test takers.

That can rub off on you. There was another lady there, nervous about her cosmetology exam & wanted to talk to me about it but I kept conversation short for this reason exactly.

7. Be on time.
If you’re late, it could possibly amp up your anxiety. Find the testing center the day before so you know exactly where you’re going.

8. Pray if you believe in anything & breathe.
I prayed for a clear & calm mind.

9. Reread questions slowly & read it again before moving forward to the next questions.
nuff said.

10. Go with your first mind.
I changed an answer once in the exam. That’s only because I reread the questions before moving to the next question & a key word jumped out at me.

11. Wear a bright shirt the day of the exam.
I read on here that a bright shirt helps with being alert. I’m not sure if it true but I did LOL.

12. Don’t focus on the number of questions.
I sat down for the exam believing I would get 130 questions. Never go in thinking you’ll get just 60. My classmates took it before me & got 130 & passed. I got 60 & passed.

13. Don’t do the PVT if you aren’t ready.
Before I took the test I knew I didn’t want to do the PVT. I was just going to wait for quick results but my state put my license on the BON website the next day. I’ve heard where the PVT isn’t always accurate. Don’t let it psyche you out.

Good luck to all the test takers!! Let me know if you have any questions!!

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For SATA questions were there any in which you selected ALL????

1 hour ago, jasminejjb said:

For SATA questions were there any in which you selected ALL????



Specializes in Cardiac. Has 10 years experience.

I just wrote on September 2. It shut off at 60. I should get my results tomorrow evening through the quick results. I’m desperately trying not to freak out.  I have turmoil between I feel like I bombed it to I think I did OK. 
this waiting is killing me!



Has 3 years experience.

I'm sure soon-to-be nurses appreciate tips. I appreciate seeing nurses helping nurses, too.

AmyK2020, ADN

Specializes in ASN Graduate.

Did you find the Hurst Q-Bank to be helpful or NCLEX like? 

Congratulations on your huge accomplishment!