First, you need to know when the NCLEX is taking place in your state. It is a six month cycle, but you can easily find out by looking online or by contacting your state’s Board of Examiners. Once you know when the exam is coming up, start taking some exams to get a feel for how the schedule works.
If you can, take an exam in your home state before you make the trip to your home state to take the NCLEX. In this way, you can see what is expected of you before you go. Since so many people travel long distances to take their exam, there is plenty of time to prepare in your home state.
Be prepared. When you plan to take the exam, make sure you have all of your books and study materials. These may include information on how to take your exam, or notes from when you took the exam, which will also be helpful.
Make sure that you can attend the place where you are going to take the exam. This may be in your home state or another location. Ask your test center if you have any concerns. If you are taking the exam at a time when schools are not in session, be sure to book your flight and hotel well in advance.
Take your exam in your classroom if possible. For example, if you are taking the exam in a school that has an LPN course, take your exam in your LPN class. Take the exam in a quiet room or conference room. If you do not have an LPN class, consider taking your exam on a computer. Most exam centers allow you to take your exam from the comfort of your own home.
Take your exam at the beginning of the semester, when class is in session. Don’t forget to ask your doctor about how to take your exam in your absence. Your medical school may offer this service for free.
Take your practice exam early in the semester so that you have ample time to study. Plan ahead so that you have time to fit in some outside studying. In this way, you will be able to catch up on the information that you didn’t take time to learn last semester.
Make sure that you have plenty of time to prepare before the NCLEX, even if you are taking it at your leisure. Take the exam at the same time every semester. If you are going to take the exam in January, make sure that you can take it no later than the second week of January.
A little bit of preparation in advance will help you succeed on the NCLEX exam. It won’t matter how well you prepare; you still need to review.
The best way to prepare for the exam is to study before you take it. You should always be sure to plan ahead so that you can fit in some studying before you take the exam. When you are sitting for the NCLEX, make sure that you take time to review the information you learned in your classroom and outside coursework.
You don’t need to worry about getting overconfident when you take the NCLEX exam. When you review what you learned in college and what you took in your hospital courses, you should be well prepared to do well on the exam.