How long to study for the NCLEX
November 09, 2020 Updated: December 29, 2021 2 min read 1 Comment
"How long do you recommend we study for the NCLEX after we finish our courses?"
Okay. So for me, I think I gave myself about two months. So I graduated in December. I took my NCLEX in February. So you really have to gauge how well-prepared you are. How much you understand the key concepts.
I felt pretty good about my understanding of the key concepts. I really practiced U-world questions for a couple months until my exam.
If you feel like you're really lacking in certain areas as far as the key concepts, like maybe your experience in your nursing program wasn't so great in one particular area. If you feel you need to learn those concepts a little better, then our resources can definitely help. Our videos and cards can help kind of solidify that information for you and then maybe give yourself a couple of months to answer practice tests.
If you come out of nursing school feeling like I got this then just maybe a month or two is fine for you to do some practice tests.
I will say this too. When you schedule your NCLEX you can schedule it like two months out. You'll find that people cancel their appointments like 24, 48 hours right before their exam, so you can usually always pick up a spot and change your exam date to the next day or two days later.
I actually did that. I had scheduled my NCLEX out pretty far, like three months, and then a month and a half, two months and I realized "you know what, I just need to get this over with. I need to stop studying and I just need to take this thing and be done."
So I actually went online and rescheduled my exam for the very next day so it didn't give me a lot of time to freak out about things so I couldn't freak out in my head. I just had to go and get it done. Rip the Band-Aid off!
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