I took the NCLEX-PN but I think this advice will help for both NCLEX-PN and the NCLEX-RN. This is also advice you have probably heard before and I am just going to reiterate it.
1. Learn the material throughout school. I mean to actually learn the material, not just memorize it for the test and then let it slip from your mind. This will not only help you pass the NCLEX but keep you from lawsuits or even worse, hurting a patient later on when you are practicing.
2. Schedule your test for as soon as possible. You should have gained all the tools you needed during school so you shouldn’t need extra time to learn anything else. All you need to do is keep the material fresh on your mind.
3. Study your way. If you have passed nursing school you know what works for you. For the most part, I did questions from Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-PN CD and the back of the chapters of the book. I took my test about 3.5 weeks after graduation and I must have done about a 2000 questions (thats less than 100 a day).
4. Lean on your nursing school friends. They are the only ones that really know what you are going through. Make sure you are there for them when they take their test also.
5. DO NOT pick up a book the day before or the morning of the test. You have been preparing for the day for the last few years. You’ve got this.
6. Relax. This is an exciting day, don’t let nerves ruin it.