Disclaimer: The Kaplan QBank subscription was purchased with our own money. We are not affiliated with Kaplan, nor is this a sponsored post.
I'm pretty sure I spent countless hours in nursing school researching how people passed NCLEX in 75 questions. I saw several different study methods and programs that people used and I found myself overwhelmed by all the options. One thing I noticed was that several people who invested in the Kaplan QBank passed NCLEX in 75 questions. So Kleneice and I decided before our last semester of nursing school that we would purchase the Kaplan QBank.
Note: We used the Kaplan QBank subscription alone. We did not purchase a subscription that included the other options Kaplan has such as the classroom, live online, or self-paced courses.
I apologize for the lack of photos in this post! I realized my subscription had expired when I logged into my account to try to get some screenshots!
The Kaplan QBank allows you to set up your tests by selecting the categories of questions you wish to answer such as Safe & Effective Care, Psychosocial Integrity, Health Promotion & Maintenance, etc. We appreciated how the categories of questions matched the NCLEX categories.
The Kaplan QBank tests are nearly identical in set-up to the actual NCLEX exam. If you choose the Kaplan QBank to study, you will have a sense of familiarity when you sit for NCLEX. This was our favorite feature of the Kaplan QBank.
The maximum amount of questions you can complete at one time is 75, which has its pros and cons. While completing 75 intense Kaplan questions in one sitting is definitely exhausting, you just don't know what you're going to get on NCLEX. I think it would have been helpful to have the option to complete more questions in order to simulate a longer NCLEX exam.
Kaplan questions are REALLY tough. These questions will certainly make you think. Kaplan QBank questions are tough because they require the best of your critical thinking skills to apply what you've learned in order to select the correct answer. In some cases, I had difficulty even using the process of elimination. But it wasn't until I actually sat for the NCLEX exam that I could appreciate the difficulty of the questions. NCLEX turned out to be tougher than I expected so I am thankful that working through the Kaplan QBank allowed me to develop the test taking skills I needed to pass NCLEX.
The rationales for the Kaplan questions were decent most of the time, although sometimes I would get frustrated when I had to settle for a mediocre rationale for an answer choice. The NCLEX RN Mastery App provided better rationales in my opinion. Check out our review of The NCLEX RN Mastery App here.
Monitoring Your Progress
You can track your progress in the Kaplan QBank in several ways. When you log in, from your home screen you can see your cumulative score, labeled "Total % correct to date"
You also have the option to view your test history data in bar graph format, which is encouraging to view as your scores climb over time. Your first few Kaplan tests may have scores lower than you would ever like to see, but the key is to stick with the program. After weeks of working through the tests, you WILL start scoring higher.
After you complete each test, you can view an individual test analysis that shows how many questions you answered correctly and incorrectly, as well as your percentage. You can also view how you scored in sections such as Safe & Effective Care, Psychosocial Integrity, Health Promotion and Maintenance, and Physiological Integrity, which are the main components of the NCLEX. As you complete more Kaplan QBank questions, you could customize your tests to focus on your weakest areas to gain more practice answering those questions.
How We Used Kaplan
Kleneice and I incorporated the Kaplan QBank into our study routine by answering 25-100 questions each day. In the beginning of our NCLEX prep, we would answer 2 sets of 50 Kaplan questions a day. Most of the time, we opted to have questions from each category on the test. We also completed all 4 of the sample tests. Anytime we completed a test, we would review the test and read each rationale. Since our learning style is strongly influenced by writing, we would write down any rationales to questions we answered incorrectly.
Action tip: As you near the end of studying for NCLEX, try to take at least 2 tests with 75 questions to simulate a true NCLEX attempt.
Overall, we were satisfied with our purchase of the Kaplan QBank. We feel that the QBank definitely prepared us to pass NCLEX in 75 questions. There were times when we thought the questions from Kaplan were too tough and wondered if the NCLEX questions would really be that hard, but most of the NCLEX questions were indeed challenging. We believe that by challenging ourselves with our test prep, we were able to apply the strategies we learned from Kaplan to suceed on NCLEX. If you are in a predicament where you can only afford one NCLEX prep program, we would definitely encourage you to purchase the Kaplan QBank.
Are you thinking of using the Kaplan QBank to study for NCLEX? Have you used it before? What was your experience like? Leave a comment and let us know! We'd love to hear from you :)
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