I have been using this site for the past couple of weeks in order to figure out how to tackle the NCLEX, so i figured I would return the favor and share my thoughts/experience. I graduated in December, and tested this morning. I got 75 questions and got the good pop up. I studied for about 3 weeks and here is what I did
1. Kaplan qbank- I did all 1300 questions and went over the rationales. I thought these questions were challenging and did a good job of presenting the material. I used this to structure my studying so when I got a question regarding something such as FHR , I would go into the saunders book and jot down the important stuff on a word document and also copy and paste the question. I did this for the majority of the questions, and this allowed me to organize questions/notes and made for an amazing guide. I think my averages were between 60-75%
2. Kaplan qtrainer- I found these on quizlet and did trainers 6&7. These questions were also challenging. I averaged around a 65%
3. Lacharity delegation- Since there was a lot of "which PT would you see first" or "an OB nurse has floated to your med surg floor, which PT would you give him, I would recommend this book. However, I found these questions to be much simpler than the nclex, but it was still good practiced nonetheless. Qbank and qtrainer had more difficult delegation/priority questions
4. Suanderes NCLEX for a reference
My overall thoughts on the NCLEX was that it was much more difficult than any nursing or hesi exam I have ever taken. People that previously graduated from my program told me the exit hesi was harder than the NCLEX but I thought it was night and day. The questions were all over the place, and it was difficult to differentiate between the answers. I thought the exam was more detailed than I thought it was going to be, and some of the select all that apply were brutal.
1. Do as many questions as you can possibly get your hands on and go through the rationales. The more questions you do the better off you will be. At first it will feel like you're getting nowhere, but after you have done 1,000+ you will start to realize how much knowledge has come back to you.
2. Priority questions- Do as many as you can possible find. The more the better. I had at least 15 questions in regards to which Pt to see first
3. Isolation precautions- Know them inside and out because you will get them. Know what PPE to wear for each, which PT requires a negative pressure room etc. Memorize these, and do as many isolation questions as you can find. Qbank had a good amount
4. I have read some posts on here about people reading the entire Saunders book and let me tell you that is a big big mistake. The best way to study for this exam is to do practice questions and let the questions guide your studying. The book is literally 1,000+ pages, there is no way you could possibly remember all of that and be able to apply it to an in depth question.
5. Other than these tips, there is really no way of knowing what will be on your exam. I heard people say they had tons of OB vs. others who had tons of psych or peds so don't spend too much time memorizing drugs or going over every little thing because there is no way to be completely prepared for this test. I felt like I over studied but wanted to make sure I passed. Good luck to you all