Congratulations! Same here!! I am so excited. I thought I'd share my experience as well. Everyone is a bit different.
1. I took my time with the questions. I had 60 questions, and I was in there for almost two hours. I've always taken longer on tests, it seems to work for me. I say do what you have had previous success with. I would read the question, sometimes twice initially for key words, and then a last time to ensure my selection answers the question. I am an avid reader, and don't have issue with comprehension but I tend to skip words if I go fast/normal pace. I also like to breath and close my eyes briefly to refocus to decrease anxiety. Just me : )
2. I agree on knowing content. I actually didn't study all that much for the exam. I was a strong student though, I was just too burnt out after this semester. right or wrong who knows. My HESI exit exam score was 1110. Took it in late February. All my HESI scores were between 1100-1200 except Pharm which I got 1078. I never studied for those. I had always just focused my studies on what we were doing in our nursing content/classes.
3. I did do the Hurst review 3 day webinar course. I rewatched three lectures but not all of them as they suggest. I took 3 of the 4 q review simulators: I got 88, 83, and 77 in that order so not sure on that, they say to get an average of 77 or > on your simulators. Most my peers who I know did well in school scored higher like high 90s/low 100s. I did some Saunders practice questions but not many maybe 100-150 in couple weeks prior.
I felt pretty confident going into it, afterwards I wasn't so sure. Some questions were unexpected in some ways, some seemed difficult. I wasnt sure how easy it was to dip 'below the line'. Luckily my state is fast, and I had my licensed issued before I got home! I didn't count my SATA, but around 20 seems right. No math and 2 pictures, and one dragdrop, one exhibit.
If you are preparing now, just be honest with yourself. How are you on standardized tests, did you feel like you know content or can recall from school, and do what you can to study. I gambled taking an early date rather than more time to study because there was either an opening in one week or 2 months so I took it. Try not to compare yourself to others too much. Focus on what has worked for you. If things havent worked in the past, do something different. There is so much that could be on the NCLEX, its hard to study EVERYTHING. In my opinion, practice questions are the best time spent. Hurst is super helpful, I'm glad I did it. They really breakdown in an easily digestible way what they call core content. That being said, from what I hear UWorld has a better question bank.