Preparing for NCLEX?

by Andria RN · 1 comment

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A good chunk of the readers that find this blog are nursing students who are looking for some insight into how to study for and pass the NCLEX-RN.  I receive questions on a fairly regular basis asking how best to prepare and my answer is always the same- do a lot of practice questions!

Preparing for boards is like preparing to run a marathon.  Few people can wake up on Day 1 and run 26.2 miles nor could they sit down and take 265 questions without getting some gnarly brain fatigue.  You have to train to work up to the number of questions you could potentially have.  For the NCLEX this could mean as few as 75 to as many as 265 questions!


I was recently given an opportunity to trial a new NCLEX-RN question bank published by BoardVitals.   This resource has all of the bells and whistles that test “preppers” need.  First, you can select exactly which topics you want to study from a test bank of a thousand questions.  If you are feeling feisty, you can select all of the topics for exam practice similar to the real thing.  There are multiple choice, fill in the blank, hot spots, and everyone’s favorite- select all that apply (multiple select).

The questions are challenging- exactly what you are going to see on the harder portions of the exam.  Remember that the NCLEX-RN is adaptive…so the more tough questions you answer correctly, the higher your score and the fewer questions you will have to answer.

Next, you can determine the number of test questions you want to take in one sitting.  This is where that marathon training comes in handy.  Start with 25 questions, graduate to 50, and so on…before you know it- you’ll be taking 265 questions without batting an eyelash (ok, it’s not THAT easy, but still!).  You’ll know immediately whether you answered correctly and most importantly, you can see the rationale/explanation for the correct answer.  And, you can easily access the exam 24 hours a day from anywhere you have internet availability.  If you get interrupted or need a break, pause your exam and resume it later on.

A unique feature from BoardVitals is the ability to create an exam from your missed questions.  This allows you an opportunity to focus on your weaknesses.  The website keeps statistics on your last 25 exams, which better helps you interpret your progress.

Some test prep banks costs hundreds of dollars!  BoardVitals is a steal at only $49 for 30 days!  They even offer a 100% pass guarantee- this means additional free study time if you need it!

So, what are you waiting for!?  Start doing those NCLEX-RN questions from BoardVitals today!

  • Jennifer L.

    I used Board Vitals… it was a pretty good bank. One of the few that has a lot of audio questions similar to what you’ll see on the exam.

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