After graduating from nursing school, there is one more hurdle to overcome before officially becoming a Registered Nurse: The NCLEX.
The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is a computer-based test that measures knowledge, skills and abilities to determine whether to grant the test taker a nursing license. With the right preparation and study techniques, passing this exam is very attainable. Make your time and money worthwhile by following these simple tips.
1. Practice, Practice, Practice
Practice exams are one of the most beneficial ways to prepare for the exam. Try taking a practice exam online to get a feel for the format and remember to go over the questions and concepts you answered incorrectly.
2. Keep a Balance While Studying
Take preparing for the exam seriously, but don’t make it the main focus of your life. Try to keep a balance leading up to the exam. Relieve stress by exercising, getting enough sleep and having fun!
3. Prepare for Exam Day
Preparing for the actual exam day is just as important as preparing for the exam itself. Try to sleep well the week leading up to the exam, set a reliable alarm, dress comfortably and bring snacks and a water bottle to the testing center. It’s better to be over-prepared.
4. Be Confident
Finally, believe in yourself! You have already accomplished a lot by graduating from nursing school and you are one step closer to starting an exciting career as a nurse. Try to stay calm during the exam and don’t dwell on the tough questions. You got this!