The strategies you implement during your testing time can have a HUGE impact on your result. Here are four exam strategies to think about now and when it’s time to take the big test!
- When you read a question, make a prediction of what the answer is before looking at the choices. The answer choices are meant to mislead you. Go with your gut instinct and don’t change your answer. There is an abundance of evidence that suggests that parts of our brain knows facts that our consciousness is not always aware of. If you “feel” a response is correct, accept it and tackle the next question!
- When you are reading through the answer choices, keep the question in mind. This may seem like a no-brainer, but many students immediately pick an answer that fits with something they know. Even if an answer choice looks correct, still take a moment to look at other choices before making a decision.
- Pay close attention for key words like but, however, while, despite, support, and phrases such as further teaching. Also look for words such as most, priority, and first. Extremes are not likely to be answers. That being said, while studying you should make a note of and carefully review any rules and exceptions that can be applied to multiple questions.
- The writers of the NCLEX and nursing exams try to catch graduates with poor understanding by using correct sounding answers!! Eliminate the wrong answers. Think about the remainders. Read the questions SLOWLY and THOROUGHLY!!
-Daphne Neuhaus, RN
strategies on our blog
and in the NCLEX Mastery apps: Canadian RN