Malcolm Gladwell, a researcher and author, came up with the theory that it takes 10,000 hours (give or take) to achieve mastery in a field. I came up with the theory that it takes about 10,000 practice questions to ace the NCLEX-RN exam.
Maybe 10,000 is a bit of a stretch, but you do need to do LOTS of practice questions so you can get used to the format, style and content of the exam.
Keep reading and I’ll share a few of my favorite resources for getting in your quota of NCLEX-RN questions.
1. Stick Your Nose in a Book
There are quite a few NCLEX-RN study books on the market but the two that I found most helpful when I was studying were:
Both have tons of practice questions and test-taking strategies to help you prepare.
2. Put on Your Appy Face
These days, we use ‘apps’ for just about everything. Want to know if you should bring your umbrella to school today? There’s an app for that. Want to learn a new language? There’s an app for that. Want to do lots of NCLEX-RN practice questions? There are apps for that, too!
I showed up late to the smartphone party. I had a flip phone circa 1999 up until a few years ago. Yeah, I know. But if I would have had an iPhone when I was studying for the NCLEX, these are the apps that I would have downloaded:
With these mobile gems, you can do practice questions anywhere, anytime! Well, except maybe for the shower. Some things are still sacred.
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3. A Course, Of Course
Review courses, whether live or online, are a great way to review content areas that will be on the exam and, you guessed it, do LOTS of practice questions.
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing offers several self-paced courses that include over 1,300 NCLEX-style questions and practice tests. Given that these are the folks that invented the NCLEX exam, I think it’s a great place to knock out a substantial chunk of the 10,000 questions that you need to do before the exam!
Now get crackin’. You’ve got a lot of practice questions to do.
Did I miss anything? I’d love to hear about other resources for getting in those questions. Share your thoughts in the comments!