There are a TON of NCLEX books and apps out there for practicing NCLEX-style questions. However, my favorite and best book for practicing NCLEX questions is the Lippincott Q&A Review for NCLEX-RN, 13th edition book by Billings and Hensel! (I have a different favorite for an app, which I’ll talk about in a different post).
This book is NOT a straight-forward content review book. All it includes is practice questions and rationales. So, why is this book so good for nursing students and those preparing for the NCLEX exam?
It has tons of practice questions! This book includes over 6000 questions for each type of nursing: adult health, pediatrics, maternity, and psych.
Each section is broken down into the different health problems. You can then study a disease/condition and then go do the questions to see if you actually studied enough.
At the end of each section there is a section of questions for management of care and safety. These are two important sections of the NCLEX test plan.
There are seven practice exams at the end. The tests range from 75 questions to 265 questions.
An OK reason #5
There’s an online section with 1300 more practice questions. I didn’t go through every online question, but they do NOT appear to be repeating the questions in the book. The problem with these online questions is that there’s no history to show what questions you did or what your scores are. You have to keep track of that yourself. Also, when you log in the next time, it just starts right from the beginning again.
Just Practice Questions!
I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to practice NCLEX-style questions! Even though I think this is the best book for practicing NCLEX questions, there are many more that I like also. I also use online questions too. The bottom line is to start practicing questions while in nursing school and when preparing to take the NCLEX. And don’t forget to simplify your studying.
Of course you’ll need to review content first, but don’t spend all your time just reading and writing down content. Half your study time, should be reviewing content and half practicing questions and reviewing why you got the question wrong.