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So I'm a prenursing student, hoping to be admitted to ADN for fall 2015. I have heard repeatedly that you should start studying NCLEX questions as soon as you start NS... Would there be any point at all to me starting now? I'm not taking classes next semester and don't want my brain to turn to mush.

Thanks in advance!

SopranoKris, BSN, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 6 years experience.

I wouldn't start now because it probably won't make sense.


Specializes in Cardiac. Has 1 years experience.

I would wait until you've at least taken anatomy, patho, and med terminology before getting an NCLEX book. I bought my Lippincotts review book before I started my actual program classes and used it to practice questions throughout the program. It helps tremendously.

WonderousIvy, BSN

Has 6 years experience.

I think it's start to read over practice questions as soon as you know nursing is what you want to do. My sister in law gave me her NCLEX review books. I can familiarize myself with how the questions are worded and what kind of things are asked. I think it's a good way to start programing and tweaking your brain to think in a NCLEX way. In a "pick the best answer" kind of way. Also to ask questions in certain classes that you may have not thought to ask before.


Specializes in L&D, infusion, urology. Has 2 years experience.

Honestly, just wait until you get close to graduation. You'll be building on your knowledge the whole time, and that's the stuff you'll need to know for the NCLEX. The one thing I WOULD suggest is getting familiar with is NCLEX-style questions. You'll see these a lot in nursing school, so when most people bomb the first exam, you'll have a leg up this way. Don't worry about content right now- that will come during your program.

pmabraham, BSN, RN

Specializes in Hospice, Palliative Care. Has 3 years experience.

Good day, VampyrSlayer:

I've heard Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN® Examination, 6e is the book to get if you want to start early. I'm currently reading How to Succeed in Nursing School by Caroline Porter Thomas, BSN, RN and she recommends. Mosby's Comprehensive Review of Nursing for the NCLEX-RN® Examination, 20e in her book. I don't start clinicals to January; and I'm planing to get the Saunders book later this fall with a wait and see on Mosby's.

Thank you.

I might be weird, but I've already completed over one hundred NCLEX questions, and I'm still in my pre-requisites. Then again, I'm super anal and I am always looking ahead.