July 14, 2011

Kaplan Overview | NCLEX-RN Experience

The RN Course Book 
ISBN: RN4011T (Given With Program)

Kaplan NCLEX-RN: Medications 
ISBN: 9781427797476 | 978-1427797476

To be successful at the NCLEX-RN exam, you don't have to do exactly as I have done. This is just a reflection on my experience and how it all worked out in the end. I used the Kaplan NCLEX-RN® Review Classroom program, it was added to my school tuition and done during my last semester of my nursing school. It provided a classroom portion (with an instructor - four days) and various online resources and tests. It costs an arm and a leg, around $400-$500. Why did I pay? Because I had only heard (from my professors, nurses and classmates) good things about the program. Plus, they provided a money back guarantee. So I paid and was immediately given an abundance of study materials.

After getting those books and the class ending, I used the online resources. I focused on studying out of study guide (recommendation from the Kaplan instructor) and did at least 50 questions a day. In the end, I completed about 1,500 questions from Kaplan's QBANK & QTRAINER sections (they contain 2,000 online NCLEX type questions) and 200 questions from the Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN textbook. I liked the Saunders book but the questions were just too simple, I found the Kaplan questions more challenging. Now that I look back, the Kaplan questions were spot on to NCLEX-RN exam. I even swear I saw some of the questions from Kaplan, on my NCLEX-RN exam!

When I sat down to take the exam, I was beyond nervous. Fast forward to about question # 10, I was ultra mellow and at ease. Why? Because I was that prepared and knew that much information about each and every question. Oddly, with every question... I felt like I had either saw it before or had a question similar to it on Kaplan. I was not surprised or lost, I was focused and flew through that test. I planned on being there for 6 hours. I was out of there in less than an hour and that's not because I'm smart, it's because Kaplan is that good. It makes you that good! In the end, Kaplan was perfect for me and I would recommend it. The NCLEX-RN exam experience is stressful enough, Kaplan gives you the tools to be successful on your first try. Now, please know I did studied from April to June. I studied every single day and I took this program very seriously. Kaplan isn't a 100% win, there are people out there who paid and failed the NCLEX-RN exam. Why? I'm not sure, but this is my experience and I wouldn't change a thing about it.