I did my self review from September to November, I didn't spend a single dollar, I did Saunders computer program, and thePoint, 100ish questions a day, 5ish days a week. I would drill answer 100 questions from like 9 AM to 10:30 AM. Then watch TV series till like 4 or 5 PM. Then rationalize them from 5 to 6 PM. Then watch more TV series. Pretty chill schedule, but when you look at it in the long run, it adds up in numbers. 20 days a month, 100 questions a day, for 3 months, that's about 6000+ questions. All from Saunders and thePoint.
One or two weeks before I did the actual exam, I did the Q Trainers 1-5 and 7 (Didn't have 6). I used them last, because they are somewhat building endurance from answering 75, 75, 100, 150, 150, 265.
For the 75-100 item questions, I did those in the same manner of answer in the morning, ratio in the afternoon. For the 150s, it took more time, so I would answer in the morning, and ratio earlier in the afternoon.
As for the 265, I answered from 8 AM, to 1 PM to replicate my actual exam time. A dry run if you will. I literally treated that day as my actual NCLEX day. Woke up early, showered, drank a ton of coffee, ate the same breakfast I planned to eat on the real exam, wore jeans and the same clothes in the house, to make it as similar to the way I would be taking the actual exam. I even simulated the breaks, and ate a protein bar, which I also brought to the exam day.
I then relaxed after 1 PM that day, and rationalized them all the next day with a fresh open mind. Got 60% from that 265 Q Trainer 7.
It was then like 2 or 3 days until my exam. Super chill mode by that time. Look at a few EKG strips, look at normal values, watch a bunch of TV series, eat a bunch of food, get a lot of sleep, and relax.
Come exam day, I did what I trained myself to do. Wake up, shower, eat and all, go to the exam location (Also scouted out before hand). Preparing like that, it's in your head "3 months of preparing, I so got this".
When you sit down and start your exam. Do what you've been doing for the past few months, which is answering the questions to the best of your ability, the same way you've been answering during your training. Repetition and mental reflex.
Like Rambo said, "Killings' as easy as breathing", except it's towards answering questions, it's what you've been trained to do, and that's when I knew I was ready. Lol you get the metaphor.