So you’ve graduated from nursing school and you’re about to take the NCLEX to get your official nursing license.
First off, congratulations!
Here are some NCLEX study strategies that we recommend to help you pass your test in 75 questions on the first attempt:
Take lots of practice questions
You have to get good at taking tests and the best way is to practice with NCLEX study practice test questions. You can find tons of free test banks out there (including many on Nursejanx) but if you want access to a premium test bank, we recommend UWorld because it is the closest we’ve seen to the actual NCLEX (read our review here):
That being said, if you already have paid for a test prep program like Saunders, Kaplan, HESI, or others, then utilize the resources you’ve already paid for because any practice is good to get your mind in the right spot.
Don’t focus too much on textbooks
Since you graduated, you already must have a working knowledge of most nursing information. At this point, trying to re-read a million textbooks will only bog you down and make you feel like you don’t know anything.
You need to maintain confidence for the NCLEX and we would only recommend brushing up on a select few topics that you really don’t feel like you know anything about.
To find out which topics to focus on, we suggest you do practice questions and see where you are consistently performing badly and maybe give those areas a little TLC.
Get good at test-taking strategy
There are plenty of test-taking strategy programs out there, and they will all be able to lend a helping hand when the NCLEX inevitably gives you a seemingly impossible question about some obscure subject (and it will happen). Since you won’t know the correct answer, you’ll need solid strategy to find the correct response. Check out our free NCLEX study program which contains tons of solid strategy:
Schedule an NCLEX exam soon after graduating
Don’t wait too long to take the NCLEX because you want to keep that information fresh in your brain. Most people should probably try to take their NCLEX within a month after graduating.
This will give you enough time to decompress a little from school, take some practice tests and do some NCLEX prep if you want, and still not be long enough to forget everything you learned in school.