Did you just graduate from nursing school and are you getting ready to take the NCLEX? Do you feel nervous about the upcoming exam? Do you feel like you are not ready to take the test? Here are some tips that will help you be prepared for taking the NCLEX.
NCLEX or National Council Licensing Examination is required for all nurses that want to work as a licensed professional in the United States. It is a computer based type of exam that measures your knowledge and skills as an entry level nurse. Each question is ranked according to your answers. It is advisable that you take your time answering the questions and avoid guessing.
Here are some tips that might help you pass the exam. First, make sure that you are mentally and physically ready to sit down and study. Give yourself at least three to four months to prepare for the test. It also helps if you can find a place to study where there is no distractions and noise free. A public library is the best place to consider. Allow yourself to spend at least an hour every day to read and understand your textbook material. It is not advisable that you overdo it. Your brain can only process a certain amount of information in a certain time, so it is useless to study in long hours. Stop and take a break if needed.
Choose study material or textbooks that are comprehensive, condensed with latest edition and has a lot of practice test questions. Try answering at least 100 questions per day, this will allow you to familiarize yourself with the questions. The most common mistake that the examinee makes, is over analyzing a question. Answer only what is asked in the question. Test questions comes in multiple choice, identification and problem solving. In multiple choice questions, try to eliminate the answers that have nothing to do with the question. Some questions will give you a situation and will try tricking you by giving all possible correct answers. Finding the right key word will help you choose the best answer to the question.
Try not to study three days before the exam, because this will only make you panic. Give your mind and body a chance to relax before the exam. Watch a movie or have dinner with friends. Make sure you have your authorization letter, ID and other pertinent documents ready a day before the exam. Get plenty of sleep the night before and make sure that you only have a light breakfast or lunch before the test, to avoid being sleepy during the exam. Being prepared and confident is the key to having a successful result.