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What do you do the day before the test?

I am stil studying and nervous as can be. i was wondering what everyone else did the day before the test? I am not taking the test until 1:00 PM EST tomorrow but I plan on getting up early and sitting in the parking lot and studying until 12:30. I used to do this back in nursing school and it worked so why not try it again.

Signed,

Nervous.

wyosamRN

Has 6 years experience. Specializes in ED, OR, Oncology.

I'd fit some relaxation in there somewhere- but that is my system. I could never study the day of a test, that would totally stress me out. I took my boards last Sunday, and basically did a couple hundred NCLEX questions last week, a very few in my weak areas the day before. Worked in the yard, exercised, and relaxed day before. Got up really early, drove to the test center (2.5 hrs), spent an hour or so on 75 questions, walked out, did the Pearson Vue trick via iphone in the parking lot and started celebrating. Good Luck!!

the day before? have a nice dinner, don't review the day before or hours before the exam. this will ruin everything. cramming doesn't do good in this exam. and have a sleep atleast 7-8 hours! PRAY, stay in the game then pass!

pockunit, ADN, RN

Has 5 years experience. Specializes in Emergency; med-surg; mat-child.

NOTHING test-related. Movie, walk, nap, nice food, whatever, not anything to do with the test.

The day before my test I was frantically trying to fit everything that I could in my head. I stayed up till 12:30 am trying to complete the rest of my qbank questions that I had left. I took my test this morning and got the "good" popup.

You know what you know already and trying to cram more probably isn't going to make a big difference in your test results. What I would suggest is to relax and enjoy your day.:-)

The day before my test I was frantically trying to fit everything that I could in my head. I stayed up till 12:30 am trying to complete the rest of my qbank questions that I had left. I took my test this morning and got the "good" popup.

You know what you know already and trying to cram more probably isn't going to make a big difference in your test results. What I would suggest is to relax and enjoy your day.:-)

Congratulations =). I have done my best studying the day before and the day of a test. Please do not laugh but my best studying is done while in my car with no distractions. I won't be doing questions but I will be reviewing lab values and the NCLEX All Nurses Study Guide.

I can totally understand about the car. That's my second home :)... away from everything. Get a good night sleep and a healthy breakfast. Think position and go get that license. Best Wishes!!

celtchick68

Specializes in Emergent pre-hospital care as a medic.

I also took my test at 1:00 pm. The night before I read through the test taking strategy/tips from Hurst review book once. Read through it again right before going in to test. Other than that I didn't worry about it because there's no way you can prepare for what your test will be like. You'll come out of there certain you've failed, as if you didn't recognize anything on it. If you've spent hours upon hours of prep work studying you'll think, "Why did I waste all that time? They didn't ask anything that I studied."

I say enjoy your evening, don't stress. You'll pass it or you'll fail it. Either way it's over. If you pass that's great. If you fail you have a better idea of what to expect the next time and you'll pass it then.

$0.02

My test is in a couple of weeks. Here is my plan:

Stay in a hotel close to the testing facility and scope it out the day before (exactly how to get there, parking, etc).

I have a tendency to turn into a student nursezilla (like that?) before major exams, so I figure it's best if I separate myself from anyone I know and love.

To get out the nervous jitters, I might go for a run in the early evening.

In an effort to get adequate sleep, I will likely take an OTC sleep aid to help me chill out.

I will set 2 alarms and a wake-up call (oversleeping would undo it all!) and plan to give myself ample time to get ready in the morning-i don't do well when I'm rushing around like the white rabbit! I hope to eat an adequate breakfast, do a little deep breathing, and then walk into the test center like a champ.

I hope I can stick to this plan!! :bugeyes:

Congratulations =). I have done my best studying the day before and the day of a test. Please do not laugh but my best studying is done while in my car with no distractions. I won't be doing questions but I will be reviewing lab values and the NCLEX All Nurses Study Guide.
Goodluck! You this! ;)

Congratulations =). I have done my best studying the day before and the day of a test. Please do not laugh but my best studying is done while in my car with no distractions. I won't be doing questions but I will be reviewing lab values and the NCLEX All Nurses Study Guide.

Thanks! Hey, whatever works, do it! Yesterday, I did the rest of my qbank questions from Kaplan, went over labs, infection control and reviewed the AN guide. I tried going through my Saunders book to review material but then I got carried away and tried looking at a whole bunch of stuff, so I just put the book away. Good luck tomorrow. I'll be thinking about you. :-)

I took my test on Monday & on Sunday I spent the entire day and night studying! I ended up passing and I honestly feel like some things I just needed to refresh before the exam.

I tested an hour and a half away so I didn't review the day of but that prob wouldn't have helped anyway since I was a complete train wreck!

You can do it :) and whatever worked for you before, stick with it.

I also studied the day before. Instead of answering a bunch of Kaplan questions, I reviewed lab values, medications, and content areas I struggled with. Our Kaplan course didn't recommend doing any studing in the 24 hour period before the test, but I still did and I feel it helped me a lot. I also voice recorded the important information on all the medication classes from the Kaplan course book and listened to it on my ride to the testing center (2 hours away). By the time I took my test, I had tons of medication questions so I was thankful lol. I had 21 SATA and my test shut off at 75. I also had two EKG strips to analyze and treat and quite a few math questions. I had some chart reviews and ordered lists. Got my results today...passed :) Good luck!!!!

pockunit, ADN, RN

Has 5 years experience. Specializes in Emergency; med-surg; mat-child.

So? How was it?

So? How was it?

Hello:

187 questions and 4-1/2 hours later and the computer shut down. I honestly cannot tell you if I passed or not and I do not want to ruin Father's Day by trying the PV trick in case i did fail.

All I can do is keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best and if it doesn't work out I am going to get back up on the horse for another round.

Joe

pockunit, ADN, RN

Has 5 years experience. Specializes in Emergency; med-surg; mat-child.

I'm crossing my phalanges!

CT Pixie, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience.

The day/evening before..I spent it with my family. Husband took us out to for a nice dinner with our girls, we saw a movie, hung out at home and talked for hours. It was a Pixie and family day. I didn't pick up a book, go on the computer to do NCLEX practice tests. The words test, nursing school, nurse etc were not use and the whole family did what they could to keep my mind off the test and focused on the 'here and now' aspect of our time together. Went to bed really relaxed (well as relaxed as could be with the monster of all tests being the next morning 8am sharp) and woke up refreshed.

The day before I read the allnurses study guide. That's it. I had a good nutritious dinner and got as much sleep as I could.

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