I am getting ready to take the NCLEX and I am wondering what the best way to prepare for it is? I have access to a live review with ATI through my school but I am wondering if that is enough or if there is something else I should be doing? Any advice is appreciated! Thank you.
There’s a lot of resources out there, and they all have their own qualities. It mostly depends on what you feel you need the most help on, either content review, or test taking strategies (my suggestion to focus on), or etc. I did not use ATI but I passed my nclex last august on my first attempt and I used 4 courses:
1. Kaplan (good for help on how to answer test questions)
2. Hurst (they do a pretty good content review on the essentials to know on all areas of nursing school)
3. NCSBN (Personally, i found that one overwhelming, it reviewed everything in nursing school to the smallest detail, the test questions were tough but helpful if you catch on to how they word their questions and how they expect you to answer)
4. HESI (Good for help on how to answer test questions).
I suggest you stick to one or maybe even two, because you can overwhelm yourself with information and end up studying for much longer than you needed to (like I did). You will never feel fully prepared to take the NCLEX. Go in there with the mindset and goal to answer 265 questions and get through it. There’s a good free app on the mobile stores to help you with pharm, labs, and diagnostics if you need help with that. Check it out, its called NCLEX Nursing Tools or the website nclexessentials.barcalabs.com. Best of luck!
I used ATI which was included as part of my tuition, but I added UWorld. The UWorld really worked for me because they were all NCLEX format questions with really good rationales. It wasn’t too expensive either.
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