How does happyNCLEX work?

QUESTION: How much time do I need to learn problem-solving skills?

JOAN: I recommend 2-3 hours of practice daily, ideally, 5 days a week for 8-12 weeks. No more than 4 hours a day of prep is needed or recommended.  The average minimum time needed for new graduates is 8 weeks. For repeat testers, 12 weeks. Those who work full time and have a family, often take a few additional weeks. If more time is needed to get comfortably above passing, that’s okay.

Training is set up for you and easy to follow. No planning is required. Training is delivered through demonstration and guided practice, live and on-demand.

I hold your hand throughout training until you are ready to let go and test strong.

Learning and practicing problem-solving skills is a process like learning any new skill. It takes daily practice over a period of several weeks. Training is low stress and testers actually enjoy the training.


QUESTION: How do you teach critical thinking?

JOAN: I follow the NCSBN Test Plans. NCLEX questions are written and evaluated using Bloom’s Taxonomy for the cognitive domain. I teach you to read questions using this process. It reduces anxiety, helps you to understand the question clearly, and puts you in the right place to apply your knowledge. You learn by demonstration and guided practice. It’s a skill set that’s easy to learn but like any skill, takes practice to improve. My curriculm is designed using NCSBN Clinical Judgment Measurement Model.


QUESTION: What do I need for training?

JOAN: You need internet access with the ability to stream video and join live webinars, have a test date, or at least, have your ATT or be in process to obtain Authorization To Test. If you are a nursing student preparing for an exit exam or you’re waiting for your ATT, contact us to help you decide the best time to start.

You do not need a Qbank in this training. All tasks include question practice. If you are using a Qbank, I provide research-based instructions to use your Qbank effectively to evaluate progress and readiness to test.

International Nurses need a functional level of English in oral, comprehension, reading, and writing skills. International Nurses can request a language assessment: email [email protected] or call 727 967 1891


QUESTION: I am interested in your program; however, I’m currently waiting for my ATT to retake the NCLEX for the 2nd time. Training is recommended for 8-12 weeks from registration. I still don’t have my ATT, but hope to receive it in the next few weeks. Would it benefit me to purchase your program now, or wait until I receive my official ATT?

JOAN: If you don’t have an ATT, let us know before you register and we’ll help you decide what to do. 


QUESTION: I just need to know if I will be able to access the training and coaching at my available time, which will be evenings after work everyday?

JOAN: Yes! Group Coaching demonstrations are held at different times to meet the needs of members and all are recorded. Training is self paced and personal coaching keeps you motivated, on your time.  


QUESTION: Is your program a “guaranteed” NCLEX pass like HURST or KAPLAN? Is there any way to add private sessions?

JOAN:  No money-back guarantee. I will work with you until you pass. Why is it that 90% of testers who come to me have failed several times, most having trained with big companies that offer a guarantee? What good is that guarantee? Keep repeating for free? It’s very expensive to have to repeat the NCLEX. Not just in fees but emotionally too. After a fail it’s another several months you are not earning a nurse’s salary. My mission is to end the cycle of repeat testing. NCLEX is a skills game, not a monster. Learn the rules and practice. That’s how problem-solving works. Most testers don’t need private session but if you do, we can arrange it. 


QUESTION: I’m worried that if I don’t pass this time… My mind is not concentrated, I don’t know why… I don’t know if the material I’m using enough. Using master RN, Lippincot 2016, Kaplan, Saunders

JOAN: The more materials you use the more confused and scattered you get. And research shows, the more materials used, the lower the pass rate. You’re spinning and creating more anxiety. You need to focus. You need to be organized, improve your concentration, and learn how to handle questions using the cognitive skills outlines in the NCSBN Test Plans.


QUESTION: Does the program have content? Is it a review or strategies?

JOAN: Of course training includes content! How is it possible NOT to learn content through question demonstration and practice? The problem is, the continued focus after graduation on “study” for NCLEX. The CONTENT of the NCLEX (according to the NCSBN Test Plan) is CLIENT NEEDS and NURSING PROCESSES. You need the ability to use problem-solving skills to apply your base of knowledge. If you’ve graduated nursing school, you have a base of knowledge. You need problem-solving skills for NCLEX because the exam is CONCEPT based.

There’s no need for lectures or textbooks. And yes, you will learn new content and concepts every day while learning to let go of the need to know everything, because it is impossible to know everything. This program prepares trains you in the problem-solving skills you need for a professional licensing exam and continuing education. It’s an essential switch to make. 


QUESTION: So you don’t study anything… Right? So from what I understand you learn problem solving skills.

JOAN: You learn in a way that allows you to retain new  information more effectively than the the way you’re used to studying- lectures, note taking, and cramming texts- as you did in nursing school. You’ll learn the way professionals learn in continuing education- through demonstration and guided practice.


Why You Can’t “Study” for NCLEX


QUESTION: What if I reschedule and want more time? How does a possible extension work? 

JOAN: I’m flexible with end dates within reason. Some members need more time because of work and family. That’s fine. You can also pause your membership if needed in case something unexpected comes up.


QUESTION: I have a question about the 2 hrs a day and 4-5 days a week coaching. It would be hard for me to do that since I work full time different hours everyday. Is there a way to do this 4 hrs a day, 3 days a week? I am a repeat test taker and I work 12-hour shifts. I graduated many years ago and have taken the NCLEX 4 times so I know that I need help. 

JOAN:   We’ll help you work out a schedule by making practice a priority while keeping your days in balance and you will no longer feel overwhelmed.


QUESTION: I don’t have much time. I just need help with critical thinking because I’m able to eliminate 2 but then I have 2 left to choose and I often I choose wrong. There are many questions I don’t know the content and don’t know to break it down to answer them right. I test in less than 3 weeks.

JOAN:  You need the required problem-solving skills and the ability to make an educated guess. If you’re often down between 2 you’ll get this fast. You can make good progress in a few weeks but most testers who start training realize they need to practice and decide to postpone testing for an additional few weeks. Taking time to practice problem solving is the difference between passing and being only near passing. If you have limited time because your ATT is set to expire, we can discuss adding private coaching, after setting up a needs assessment. 



Who is Joan Palmeri?

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22 replies
  1. Ganga Dangi
    Ganga Dangi says:

    Hi mam, I have already given my nclex test once and failed because of that I feel so panicked. I am unable to make decision how to study nor even concentrate. And heard about yours and feel motivated to study nicely and pass the test. In order to take nclex again I planned to give full time for study so, I am doing nothing now. Just applied for 2nd time test. If I can give my full time in studying in happy nclex, is it possible that I can give it early, I mean before 8 weeks. Thank you.

    • Joan Palmeri
      Joan Palmeri says:

      hi there, I recommend testing when you’re ready. happyNCLEX training includes evaluations to test progress and readiness to test. The average minimum time testers need is 8 weeks. Many testers need 10 weeks and some need 14. The extra practice is often what make the difference between being near passing and above the passing standard. Contact me directly by email: [email protected] or call the office weekdays, eastern time 302 359 7917

  2. Panhia
    Panhia says:

    Hi Joan. I graduated with my BSN in 2012. I’ve taken NCLEX four times and have not passed. I tried Kaplan, Hurst, Uworld, and ATI. I feel like I’m at a breaking point. I want to retake it this year again, but am afraid. In one of your responses, you said you will work until someone passes. Is there a cut off of when membership starts to end. I don’t want to say it, but If I don’t pass even after 8-12 weeks or studying/training, do you still continue working with? Will you be able to tell if I’ll be ready for NCLEX by the end of training?

    • Joan Palmeri
      Joan Palmeri says:

      hi Panhia, I understand why you fear the exam. If your nursing school didn’t teach critical-thinking skills, you’re behind. It’s that simple. This time, test with the skills you need. happyNCLEX training provides evaluations as you go. You test when you’re ready and you will know you’re ready because you’ll be reading questions effectively and you will be clear on what the question is asking and how to respond. With consistent practice (2-3 hours a day, 5 days a week) you will most likely be ready in 10-12 weeks. If we determine more practice is needed, your test date is rescheduled and your training account is extended. -Joan

  3. Consider
    Consider says:

    Hi Joan, I’ve heard alot about happy nclex, am considering you but pls how can you help me? Am a repeat test taker, international trained, my last crp was above passing in 2 categories and near passing in all with Below passing in Reduction of Risk potential, I knew I would would have issues in that area cos even as I prepared, i was weak in that area. I work full time with family. Please How can you help me Pass

    • Joan Palmeri
      Joan Palmeri says:

      hi there, You’ll learn to read questions the way they are written so instead of approaching questions from a knowledge base, you’re using critical thinking. NCLEX isn’t testing knowledge. Your ATT assumes a knowledge base. NCLEX is testing if you can think, if you can make an educated guess based on the limited information given. You’ll learn to do this. See international nurses’s stories in REVIEWS. You’re not alone. -JP

  4. Efren
    Efren says:

    Hey Joan, I got my ATT and but I don’t know how soon I will schedule my test because previous 4 attempts I always thinking of positive results and plans things ahead like celebrating after passing but it didn’t happen yet in reality. This time I wanna make sure I got this and end my agony for this NCLEX RN. I need your help and enlightenment. Thanks-

  5. juhi
    juhi says:

    I plan to test on the 21st, This will be my 6th time. I have tried almost everything and nothing has worked. Cannot retain info. Is there an option in your programme that you would recommend?How much does it cost?
    Thank you

  6. Fatima
    Fatima says:

    Hello Joan,I am about to test in three weeks time, but I feel like am not prepared, i did a test practice and it says low chance of passing. What do you advice?

  7. Emem Essien
    Emem Essien says:

    Hello Joan,i want to join your program but i don’t know which one to choose. i need your advice please. A friend introduced me to your program.


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