I really enjoyed reading success stories so I wanted to share mine! I took my RN boards on January 6th and just found out today I passed! Talk about dreams coming true!!!
This is was my first attempt, I passed with 75 questions. I strictly used Kaplan and studied for about a week and half solid (I graduated in December). I did roughly 2000 questions and rationales. My scores weren't the greatest, I ranged from 53%~63% mostly mid/high 50's. I also kept track of the areas of content I was weak in and buffed up on those from the Kaplan book as well as read over procedures. I think content is extremely important for this test!! I personally hardly used the decision tree, but it was nice to have and use if I really needed it.
My school was really tough (top 4 school in Texas and it was only a ADN program). I felt they really prepared me and at times I wasn't sure I was even going to survive to graduation. We used Hesi as indicators, I got a 1012 in my exit hesi.
I was so nervous before I tested but as I was walking up to the testing center this calm came over me and I never looked back! I prayed a lot, cried a lot, stressed a lot.
Still surreal! I left the test feeling okay, which really scared me. However, at times during the test I was like this is impossible - so don't get me wrong this test was not easy. Do not second guess yourself I did that a lot in my studies and saw how much it hurt my scores.
I had a ton of SATA - honestly I lost track on exactly how many! I practiced a lot on these and I thought the Nclex was more straight forward then Kaplan. So I feel like Kaplan over prepared me which was what I was hoping for.
Sorry for for the book, but I know felt better after reading other peoples stories!
Good luck and congrats to everyone, I have faith you all can do it!