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Student-to-Student: How I Passed the NCLEX® the 2nd Time

Wondering about how to pass the NCLEX® the 2nd time around? Daphnee, a nursing student at Nova Southeastern University, shared the plan of attack she used:

keep calm and pass the nclex
Here is my experience on passing the NCLEX and detailed information on all of the study content that I have used. This guide will show you how to use each resource effectively. I passed the NCLEX after 210 questions! The first time I took the test, I failed after getting all 265 questions.

I don’t think I was ready to take a six hour exam, even though I knew there was a chance I could sit for the whole thing. I was prepared the second time, though, and after 150 more practice questions I got myself mentally ready to take the whole thing if necessary.
So when I sat for the next exam, I was in a little bit of shock when it shut off around 210! I didn’t see that coming. A lot of emotions passed through me. I didn’t feel confident, but I wasn’t worried either. I was just calm. I went home and took a nap because I could not sleep the night before. After my six hour nap, I did the Pearson trick and I got the good pop up. THANK YOU GOD!!!! I was relieved but I still couldn’t believe it. I wanted to see it officially.

Lo and behold, the next morning I checked my name on the license verification website, and there it was! I was officially an RN. I was so relieved because it has been a long journey. I’m glad I could finally close this chapter.
For those of you still out there getting ready for the NCLEX: be confident in yourself first and foremost. You already know the basics to pass, so learn how to take the test and work on your weak areas. Don’t overwhelm yourself with too many things to study! What I used:
    1. Prioritization, Delegation, and Assignment (Practice exercises for the NCLEX® Examination 2nd Edition)
      • I did half of the book. (Very important in my opinion. This helped me improve a lot in that category, which is A HUGE PART of the NCLEX.)
    2. Kaplan
      • Watch a whole lot of videos on what the NCLEX is about and how to prepare for it. I WISH I UTILIZED KAPLAN MORE THE FIRST TIME. It really has a ton of info. Just browse through it. It also comes with the class session of Kaplan review , with a bunch of questions and videos in each NCLEX category. They go through with you answering each question.
      • I used it to practice questions in the Qbank, Question Trainer Test, Sample NCLEX, and Focused Review Test.
      • I also used it to review material in the very fabulous Content Review Videos, which helped a lot. I kind of followed their guide on how to effectively use the Kaplan website. They have a study guide schedule for when you want to take the NCLEX.
    3. I also used Picmonic ❤❤❤ (I wish this was around when I was in nursing school…) 
      • If you are in nursing school, YOU HAVE TO GET THIS! It has everything you need. You can focus on pharm, med surg, psych, OB, Peds, etc., and it’s kind of fun and easy to remember. If you want to have all A’s in nursing school while studying things in a fun way without reading too many boring textbooks, get this ****. It makes those drugs and topics that are hard to grasp or remember sooo easy. It also caters to students in medical school.
    4. Cramfighter.com 
      • I used this as a study schedule guide. It does all the work for you, and you can rearrange it however you want. You input the materials you are going to study (book, website, flashcards, apps, etc.) and it will give a day-to-day content schedule to study. You can customize everything, including how long you want to study each things, how many question you want to do every day, what days you want to study or not, etc. Input your exam date and it will give you the amount of content you need to study until your exam date.

Good luck to all my future RNs. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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