How does happyNCLEX work?

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

JOAN: I recommend 3-4 hours of practice daily, ideally, 4-5 days a week over several 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. Repeat testers usually require 12-14 weeks.

Training is designed for working adults. Those who work full-time days, train 4 evenings a week. Those who work 3/12-hr shifts, train on their 4 days off.

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 arrange meetings on your schedule.

You improve as you go and we know when you are ready to test. Evaluations are provided.

Learning and practicing clinical-judgment 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. 

If you have a test date soon and cannot reschedule, contact me for an evaluation:


QUESTION: How do you teach critical thinking?

JOAN: I follow the NCSBN Test Plans. I teach you to read questions using the NCSBN Cinical Judgment Measurement Model. happyNCLEX training reduces anxiety, helps you to understand the question clearly, and puts you in the right place to apply your knowledge. You learn to process information the way you will on the job. This skill set is easy to learn but like any skill, takes practice to improve.

happyNCLEX 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.

International Nurses need a functional level of English in oral, reading, and writing skills. To request a language assessment, email or call/text 727 967 1891


QUESTION: When do we meet and where?

JOAN: We meet virtually, on your schedule. Training is designed for working adults with busy schedules.


QUESTION: I am interested in your program; however, I’m currently waiting for my ATT to retake the NCLEX for the 2nd time.  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 the best time to start training.


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 so you don’t miss anything. Training is self paced and personal coaching keeps you stay motivated, on your time.  I am here with you daily. You are not left on your own. I do one-to-one meetings throughout your training, as needed.


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 effectively. NCLEX is not an academic test.  The way you studied for academic exams in nursing school- by listening to lectures, note taking, and cramming- doesn’t help you to prepare for a professional licensing exam.

happyNCLEX training is delivered by demonstration and guided practice- the way you would learn any new skill with a coach. 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. happyNCLEX trains you in the problem-solving skills you need for a professional licensing exam and continuing education. It’s an essential switch to make. 

Research shows that fewer than 25% of nursing school graduates have the skills and abilities to do the job. happyNCLEX training addresses this preparation-to-practice gap. See Crisis in Competency (2017)


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, Lippincott, 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. Practicing questions on your own might have a negative effect.  If you don’t know how to approach questions, you are simply getting better at missing them. To practice effectively, you first need to learn how to handle questions using the cognitive skills outlined in the NCSBN Test Plans. 


QUESTION: I have a question about the 2-4 hours 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:  Do no practice on the days you work 12-hour shifts. Practice consistently on free days and add extra weeks if needed.


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. You most likely won’t need more than 14 weeks if you are consistent with practice and paying attention. International nurses might need more than one cycle, depending on English-language skills. In that case, or in the case or remedial training, a second cycle might be required. We discount renewals and you will know upforont. There are no surprises.


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’ll get the basics in a few weeks but most testers who start training with a plan to test in a few weeks, soon realize they need more practice to be performance ready. Taking time to practice problem solving will be the difference between getting above passing or bouncing at near/below.  If you have limited time because your ATT is set to expire, we can discuss adding private coaching.

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24 replies
  1. Daisy
    Daisy says:

    Hi, I wanna enroll on your training. I work full time 4days a week, 10hour shift. Can you work with my schedule. Pls let me know thank you.

  2. 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: or call the office weekdays, eastern time 302 359 7917

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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-

  6. 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

  7. 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?

  8. 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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