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While there are many excellent resources available to help students prepare for the NCLEX, it can be difficult to know exactly which ones to choose. That’s why in this post, we’ll share our team’s favorite NCLEX study guides, provide a succinct overview of each one, and note any special features that are included with each guide. So, if you’re considering getting a study guide and don’t know where to start, this post is a great place to find the guidance that you’re looking for.  

Understand The Most Common Mistakes That People Make

Almost everyone is guilty of making certain assumptions about the NCLEX, including thinking that because you excelled at nursing school exams, you’ll naturally ace the NCLEX. Unfortunately, making these kinds of assumptions can really hurt your chances of passing the NCLEX successfully. Check out this must-read blog post to learn how to effectively combat these misconceptions, gain a helpful overview of the common mistakes that people make, discover how to better recognize when you’re making them, and get practical advice for avoiding them altogether.

Get Advice from an NCLEX Expert

Providing an insider’s perspective on the exam, this post is packed full of useful information, including how the NCLEX is formatted, what types of questions you can expect to encounter, what happens if you don’t pass the exam first time, and the types of questions students generally struggle with most. You’ll also find valuable advice on learning how to trust yourself when taking the NCLEX exam.

Familiarize Yourself with the Anatomy of the NCLEX

The NCLEX is composed of questions drawn from four distinct categories. Gaining a clear understanding of these categories will give you a better idea of what you’ll be tested on and how to best study for your exam. In the blog post we’ve linked to below, we explain each of the four categories, their respective subsections, and how many questions from each section you can typically expect to find on the NCLEX exam.

Start by Learning How the NCLEX Works

The NCLEX exam structure is unique, so a great place to start is with a solid overview of how the text is designed. In the helpful post below, we explain how the exam uses Computer Adaptive Testing (or CAT) to gauge your abilities, why the length of the exam is variable, what that means in practice, and why some of the questions on the exam are known as “experimental questions.”