It has been 3 weeks since I last took my NCLEX-RN Exam and up until now I am in a state of shock and awe. I am very fortunate and happy that I have made it since this is a big accomplishment for me and at least now after dweliing and thinking about this exam for the past 4 years ever since I went to college I can finally say that I am done that a big weight is finally off my shoulder.
I have a lot of reservation in making an entry about this because every one who will actually take it will have an individual experience with the exam. But if I can help or inspire someone with what I went through then I am all up for it.
I went to the US last February to take my exam and for other personal reasons. But for the big part of it the aim of my trip was really to be able to take the NCLEX-RN and pass.
You have to consider the environment of the place you are staying because it will take some getting used to. Also the time difference if there would be any you can give it a week before you can be truly adjusted. Do not forget the weather I mean we are a tropical country so more often than not a cold weather will take some getting used to. I had my share of jetlag only feeling sleepy around 5am in San Francisco and I loved the cold weather but you can only take so much of it and you would appreciate the use of thermal clothes and comforters.
In terms of study habits for most who take the exam outside the country stay for less than a week so more or less when you leave for the exam you are already prepared. In my case it was different since I had a month before I took my exam so I had time to review still. Most of my review materials I bought it there since books are heavy and bulky. And prior to leaving I already enrolled in review centers which are naturally cheaper as compared to enrolling abroad.
Assessing your readiness for the exam is hard and I think this is the hardest part. If there was one thing I could have corrected with my experience it would be this part. You have to be honest with yourself and truly ask yourself are you ready to take this exam? Its not enough to be equipped with the knowledge there is a lot more stuff involved with this than just being mentally ready.
I still took review classes in the US and it was not cheap especially for just a 4 day course but it was worth it because I was able to see the American perspective or approach with the questions and basically their way of learning. I have to say it was very different from ours they were very direct to the point and it was fast paced. Personally, learning this was very crucial for me since the NCLEX-RN questions were similar to this.
They say that once you made it through the local boards (PNLE) the NCLEX-RN would be easier and I disagree. Maybe the reason why they say this is because the NCLEX-RN is based on books and facts which is true but the NCLEX-RN requires higher form of thinking which includes Analysis and Application. All I can say is never underestimate the exam and be prepared to sit there for six hours answering 265 questions.
Don’t freak out if you sit on the exam and you’re computer doesn’t shut down after answering 75 questions. Don’t track down how many questions you have answered remember it’s NOT the QUANTITY but the QUALITY of your answers. As long as the computer gives you questions be HAPPY that means its giving you the opportunity to pass. The harder the question the better.
These are the things that I could think of for now. I have a lot of making up to do in terms of my duties in PinoyBSN. For those people who have questions feel free to post and I would try to answer them as soon as I can. Let me know if you have topics that you would want me to discuss in terms of application, about the exam etc.
Take care everyone and God bless!