Why You Can’t “Study” for NCLEX

NCLEX is a professional licensing exam, not an academic exam.

The biggest mistake I see repeat testers making is continually trying to “study” for NCLEX.

In college, most nursing content needs to be memorized. You listened to lectures, read textbooks, took notes, crammed, and spit it all back on a test. And it got you through nursing school.

NCLEX tests your ability to process this information to make informed decisions.

NCLEX requires you to make the transition from student to professional.

If you’re still trying to study for NCLEX, what are you studying? The entire content of nursing knowledge?

That’s crazy when you think about it.

You will never know all the content in the field of nursing, EVER. Why would anyone think you can learn all the content that can possibly come up on your exam by test day? No wonder NCLEX seems overwhelming. Yet it’s the easiest exam of your career.

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40 replies
  1. Kimberley Bhopaul
    Kimberley Bhopaul says:

    Hello Joan! I Recently found out I failed my Nclex RN today and I am devastated and feel horrible! I want to do your program! please help!

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  2. kaur
    kaur says:

    hi
    i passed my general nursing and midwife diploma from india 5 year ago
    now i m green card holder in usa i want to continue my study here
    i got eligibility from california board of nursing to take the rn nclex exam

    i want to know where from i start my study
    step by step could u help me out to plan for study thnk u

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    • Joan Palmeri
      Joan Palmeri says:

      Hi, happyNCLEX training is planned out for you. See details at the “NCLEX training” tab on the website menu. See the FAQ tab for more information too. Call the office if you have additional questions: ‭(302) 359-7917 weekdays, eastern time.

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  3. lou
    lou says:

    Hi Joan Palmeri! saw your name in uworld group and someone recommended you to me. i recently took my nclex rn exam, my 4th time which i thought im going to pass because my previous result was near passing, i used uworld and la charity for my 4th take, review class in my 3rd take. im not really sure what is wrong with me taking the exam, i felt confident for my last take, i prayed hard, exercise before answering uworld but still did not pass. im rn in Philippines graduated 2006, took nclex 2x in 2007, after 10yrs i retake again june and nov.

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  4. Beth
    Beth says:

    Hi Joan,

    I failed my NCLEX PN for the second time today. Graduated from nursing school this past August. I am not sure where to begin. I feel like a failure. Where do I start?

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    • Joan Palmeri
      Joan Palmeri says:

      Every training option is the same in that this program teaches the problem-solving skills needed for NCLEX. Then there is an option to add a private training session, and the Remedial option includes 2 private sessions. Read each option description for details: https://www.happynclex.com/training/

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  5. Marcie
    Marcie says:

    Hi I’m a repeat test taker.I’ve taken the LPN 5x already but failed before that I went for a classroom review setting I did used HUrst, Kaplan, U world but I don’t know why I still cannot passed the exam,,,How in the world can I memorize the signs nd smptoms of each diseases,the medications of each diseases ohhh I don’t know where I’m gonna start

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    • Joan Palmeri
      Joan Palmeri says:

      The mistake you’re making is to look at NCLEX like it’s a nursing school exam that tests memory. It’s a professional licensing exam that tests your ability to use critical judgement. Keep studying and keep repeating or learn the required problem-solving skills that you need for NCLEX and for nursing practice.

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  6. LC
    LC says:

    Hi Joan,
    Finished nursing school in May. Took my first attempt in August and did not pass. I answered 228 questions and ran out of time. I felt so defeated and depressed! I am scheduled to retake on Nov 9th. I really need to figure out another way and I came across your ad on FB. Which program do you think I should sign-up for? And should I push back my test date? I look forward to learning “Joan’s way!”

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    • Joan Palmeri
      Joan Palmeri says:

      Start with the basic Open Pass which fits your situation. We’ll discuss test dates one you get started. Plan to test within 8 weeks or so.

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  7. D. A. Vee
    D. A. Vee says:

    Hi, Joan!

    My friend sent me a link to your program this morning. I am a repeat test taker. I took the NCLEX on 8/1 having studied 8 weeks with UWorld, Kaplan (Test banks) and Hurst (content review). I felt SO overwhelmed when I took NCLEX, as I was ill-prepared for it. It took me all the way to 265 questions, and 2 days later, I found out I didn’t pass. I was “near passing” on all subjects except “Mental Health” where I scored “above passing”, go figure, I have a Masters Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Mental Health. I have been using Hurst review again, and I keep scoring 50-55% on all my quizzes and tests from Hurst. I am anticipating taking the NCLEX end of October 2017, but I am terrified that my overall percentage is 50% not high enough to walk into NCLEX again, but when I took it the first time my average was 48%. I write all this to ask, will your program help me learn to break down test questions? also in NOT 2nd guessing? I noticed when I review all my tests that my 2nd guessing is causing me to score way lower bc had I went with my gut I would be scoring 67-76%. It kills me because I don’t know what I am doing wrong.

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    • Joan Palmeri
      Joan Palmeri says:

      Come work with me! You simply need to learn problem-solving skills. You will be so relieved. Training isn’t called “happy”NCLEX for nothing. Do you see that you can’t continue to “study” for NCLEX? You have a base of knowledge (and good insight I’d guess from your educational focus.) You just need to learn how to play the game.

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  8. connie johnpaul
    connie johnpaul says:

    I came across your training program through uworld, I finished nursing school a while ago, and i have scheduled to test in novemeber, what are your recommendations for me at this time? being that i have forgotten most of my contents.. I intend to enrol in your training next week.

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  9. IMMA
    IMMA says:

    will be joining your programe next week,it will be my first and last attempt I really pray I pass I heard so much about you from my foreign graduates friend that used u to pass,am suppose to test sep 26th but I want to move to October.

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  10. Loveleen
    Loveleen says:

    I have taken Nclex 3 times and failed. I tried hurst review and when I took the Nclex the 2nd time I was really close to passing then I took it the 3rd time using hurst review again and failed. I was wondering if this program will work for me. I have already spent a lot of money on Hurst review and the Nclex; I really want to know if this will help me.

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  11. Shanshen
    Shanshen says:

    Hi my name is Shenella I just register for your program , this is my first time taking this exam and I’m looking forward for your help and success at my first time at nclex

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