Hey all ! Just wanted to start of by saying thanks to all the people who post/ reply to personal experiences on the NCLEX ... Like most I am posting my story here in hopes it helps someone along the way through this battlefield we call the NCLEX.. I graduated in May of 2014 gave my first try in July .. I used hurst , it was a good review for content but not so much of critical thinking some may disagree but that is just my personal opinion. I did the sample tests and was doing okay so I told myself ehhh no need to read the rationales WRONG:no: .. I failed at 89.. SECOND try I took KAPLAN it was good they are geared towards more critical thinking... I did all the qbank and q trainers I was scoring high 50's and low 60's .. During this time things were rough personally and I didn't spend as much time on my review it showed because I failed again at 265.... I couldn't blame anything or anyone else except for myself and I knew I needed to change how I prepared for the third and final time, THIRD try Instead of getting my money back from kaplan I asked to retake there course and use it to its entirety, I did all the questions read all the rationales and used the content book for anything that I needed to brush up on, I also did private tutoring with AnnaLiese Garrison ( some may know her from her 8 essential concepts from YouTube) she was amazing she really helped me focus on what the questions were really asking and how to not fall in the common " traps" of the nclex... After a grueling two months of hard work I took the test this past Thursday and found out today that I passed after answering 78qs :) .. My advice : whatever review u choose make sure u use it to its entirety , read your rationales even the ones u get right , don't try and memorize everything there is no way your going to know everything, and lastly believe in yourself ... You can do this ! Good luck to all the future RNs and test takers... Blessings and we'll wishes for all !