Best Nclex Guide: Saunders Strategies for Test Success: Passing Nursing School and the NCLEX Exam

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Updated to reflect the most current NCLEX® test plans, Saunders 2014-2015 Strategies for Test Success: Passing Nursing School and the NCLEX Exam, 3rd Edition helps you learn the reasoning skills you need to pass any nursing test from routine quizzes to the NCLEX examination. It offers strategies for time management, critical thinking, and problem solving, and includes realistic, NCLEX exam-style practice questions and tests. This edition adds new study tips and hints, and expands its coverage of alternate item format questions. Written by Linda Anne and Angela Silvestri, this essential resource gives you the tools you need to overcome test anxiety and prepare for NCLEX success.

  • 1,000 online practice questions allow you to apply the strategies learned from the text in a realistic electronic testing environment.
  • An emphasis on comprehensive test preparation helps you develop, refine, and apply the reasoning skills you need to succeed throughout nursing school and on the NCLEX examination.
  • Chapters on specific question contentsuch as prioritization, pharmacology, and delegation provide numerous examples to prepare you for higher-level questions.
  • A Developing Study Skillschapter provides helpful tips on improving time management for more efficient exam preparation.
  • Helpful Tips for the Beginning Nursing Student highlight the most important concepts needed for exam success.
  • UPDATED and Unique!Test-Taking Strategies nowhighlight topics you may review for further remediation in Saunders Strategies for Test Success and Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX Exam.
  • New! 500 more practice questions have been added to the Evolve companion website, bringing the total to 1,000 questions.
  • Expanded coverage of alternate item format questions includes a NEW chapter with explanations and strategies for analyzing and answering these questions, updated practice questions, and a special icon highlighting these question types.
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When I think back on all the test strategy guides and NCLEX questions that I reviewed for the nursing boards, I can think of no single piece of literature that helped me more than Saunders Strategies for Test Success: Passing Nursing School and the NCLEX Exam.

NCLEX Most correct answer

The worst thing a nursing student can hear

Quite frankly, my one mistake with buying this book is that I didn’t do it sooner. I spent most of nursing school having the most terrible time with the questions because I just couldn’t seem to grasp the concept of “Yes, all the answers are correct, but which is the most correct.” Nursing school is a time when tests change from 1 right answer in a series of wrong, to one most-right answer. It requires critical thinking and a keen understanding of how NCLEX test questions are structured. While I was in nursing school I simply though the instructors were gaining a great amount of joy from making seemingly impossible to answer questions.

Had I realized from the very beginning that test sin nursing school were written in a very similar manner to the questions that were on the NCLEX I would have started studying test taking guides like this a much earlier. 

My favorite thing about this strategy guide is it really helps you get to the meat of the question and make narrow down the correct answer, even if you aren’t completely comfortable with the material being covered with the question. 

I am fairly confident that if I had not read this book, I would not have passed the NCLEX with 75 questions on the first try.


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@cageaquarium  I really hate to hear that you decided not to pursue nursing, but I know it is night right for everyone.

I struggled with answering the test questions in nursing school and it had a lot to do with the "most right" answer rule. I do understand why this is the case. When you are taking care of a patient there you make decisions in real time and even though you could decide to fluff the pillow when the patients not breathing and it wouldn't be the worst thing you could do it's not he most appropriate thing to do. 

I will say that when I read the NCLEX guide referenced above I was able to decipher the questions much more easily and I really wished that I had had it earlier in school. :)

Are you enjoying health information technology? I currently work as an informatics nurse and much prefer the ability to be analytical and solve bigger issues where there is almost always one real correct answer. :)