4 Week Plan to Pass the NGN NCLEX Exam for both LPN and RN Students
Veritas Nursing Academy wants to give their students the leg up by showing you how to put together a structured 4-week study plan and a selection of free resources, you can confidently walk into the exam room and increase your chances of success. Let's dive into a clear and consistent plan to help you prepare effectively.
Week 1: The Foundation Week
Day 1-5: Content Review
Utilize free resources like RegisteredNurseRN, and Simple Nursing to revisit the essential nursing topics.
Create or revisit your personal study notes and flashcards.
Pull out those books!
Week 2: Practice Makes Perfect
Day 6-10: Question Bank Practice
Start incorporating NCLEX-style questions into your daily routine. Websites like Nurse.plus and Learning Nurse offer free question banks.
Focus on rationale and understanding why the correct answer is right and the others are wrong.
Try starting with a timer (one you can hear!) and do 50 questions in 60 min. Each time you score 90% increase your questions by 10 until you max out at 100.
Week 3: Simulate Real Exam Conditions
Day 11-15: Mock Exams and Timed Practice
Access free practice exams online or use the NCSBN's free "Detailed Test Plan" for sample questions.
Time yourself to simulate the actual exam conditions, and review your results to identify weak areas.
Check out this free resources directly from the NCSBN "The NCLEX writers" https://ncsbn.az1.qualtrics.com/WRQualtricsControlPanel/File.php?F=F_eR8xOxTNt8iyUiG
Week 4: Fine-Tuning and Confidence Building
Day 16-20: Intensive Review
Dedicate these days to drilling down on the topics you find most challenging.
Engage in discussions on free forums like Allnurses to clarify any doubts.
Make flash cards for labs, meds
Review a care plan book, and get in the mind of "How can I spot and prevent problems that are in my scope of practice!"
Day 21-28: Final Mock Exams and Relaxation
Take more full-length practice exams to build your test-taking stamina.
Spend the last couple of days relaxing, engaging in light exercises, and maintaining a healthy diet to keep your mind and body fresh for the exam.
Additional Tips for Success
Daily Review: Dedicate at least 2 hours a day for study, ensuring consistent progress.
Stay Organized: Keep a study schedule or journal to track your progress and areas that need more attention.
Stay Hydrated and Well-Rested: Your mental and physical well-being is crucial during this period.
NCLEX Test Plan: Familiarize yourself with the NCLEX test plan to know the distribution of questions.
Confidence: Believe in yourself and your ability to succeed.
Free Resources for Your NGN NCLEX Preparation
Khan Academy: Provides comprehensive videos and explanations for various nursing topics.
RegisteredNurseRN: A YouTube channel with a wealth of nursing-related videos and explanations.
Simple Nursing: Offers straightforward video lessons to simplify complex nursing concepts.
Nurse.plus: A website with a free question bank to test your knowledge.
Learning Nurse: Another online resource with a variety of free nursing questions.
Allnurses: A forum where you can discuss topics and get answers to your queries.
NCSBN Detailed Test Plan: The official test plan provided by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, which includes sample questions.
By following this 4-week study plan and utilizing the recommended free resources, you'll be well-prepared to tackle the NGN NCLEX exam with confidence. Remember that dedication and consistency are your allies, and your success is within reach.
Best of luck on your journey to becoming a licensed nurse!
Dr. Lori Barnes PhD, APRN, MSN, ANP-BC
Veritas Nursing Academy