The student should begin studying for the NCLEX-RN at the beginning of her program in order to be the most prepared to take the exam on graduation. She should not wait until the end of her program to begin studying or assume that she will retain all information from class alone to pass the exam successfully.
The American Nurses Association represents and advocates for nurses. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing evaluates and updates licensure exams to ensure that all nurses who enter into practice meet the minimum requirement for knowledge and skills. Individual schools of nursing set the guidelines for entrance into nursing programs.
When the student stops before beginning an exam and thinks, "I know I can do this," confidence is being demonstrated. The content component refers to knowing the specific content that is being studied. Comparison refers to narrowing down to the right answer. Common sense refers to listening to intuition. Remaining positive and steady and handling tensions demonstrates control.