So I am now the proud owner of a registered nurse license (RN) and can take the NCLEX-RN exam with a little under two weeks. This is amazing when you think about the amount of preparation you need to make for this sort of exam. I did the dry run a few months before the real exam and focused on becoming familiar with the different kinds of questions I would likely face on the exam. Once I really got into studying and really focusing on my weak areas, I set myself up to pass by taking my time and keeping my focus. This really paid off!
Now, let’s talk about the actual exam. I started by doing all the practice questions from the test shop online. Then I read the directions and went through the steps. By the end of the day I had several questions I could not answer and this was when I realized I really needed some real studying.
Two weeks before the exam I made sure that I had all of my materials ready to go. I made sure that I had all of my books, study guides, MCAT study guides, notes and study guides, computer, battery, charger and anything else I might need. Two weeks before the exam I already started making my first batch of studying material and focused on getting my questions correct. I also did my practice questions the night before. In fact I did my practice questions every night before bed!
Two weeks before the test I did my last set of practice questions. I went through all of my notes and tried to identify things that I did wrong. I reviewed my answers again in order to remember them properly. And I reviewed my key points using graphs and visual examples.
So here’s the big question: How long does it take to pass the test? Well, it took me about two weeks to do. I made sure to take into account my lack of studying and my lack of focused nights studying by charting my times and my successes and failures. This gave me an idea of how I was progressing and what I needed to do in order to improve my chances of success.
How long does it take others? I don’t know. Some people claim that it takes them three months. That may well be an underestimate. I can only attest to my own experiences and based on my two week experience I would say that I did pass the test in a pretty good margin.
How to pass the tea’s test in a week! The hard part is done. You just have to sit down and read over your answers. Once you’ve done this you’ll have a much better chance of actually passing the test. Good luck!
How many answer choices should I make? I’m guessing this question is one of your first questions. Well, it really depends on your preparation. How much time do you want to spend studying for the test and answering questions? It’s best to choose several answer choices and write the answers down to see which is correct.
If you’re feeling really brave, answer the questions in the order they appear. For example, if A appears first read the corresponding A’s and then choose another answer option. The order isn’t important. As long as you know how to read the number or you understand that the number is in proper order you’ll do fine.
How many answer choices are enough? Usually four is the right number. Anything more than that and you may end up rushing and making mistakes when you try and match the answers to the correct spaces on the chart. Once you get your timing down the more difficult questions will become easier, so don’t push yourself too hard.