Hello, hello, hello! I am making this post because my friends have requested me to write tips in taking the Philippine Nursing Licensure Examination (PNLE). I may not belong to the list of Top Ten passers but I believe I got a super okay average. With that being said, I hope you’ll trust me and you’ll believe in whatever you’ll be reading below. Haha! *wink*
First, let me tell you that PNLE is so not easy. It’ll make your brain sublimate. Going back to General and Inorganic Chemistry, sublimation is the process where something in a solid state changes into gas state without passing the liquid state. It was sooo damn difficult! How can it be easy? It was extracted from seven genius brains! I actually had some sort of somatization because of the stress and difficulty of the exam. After Test III, I had headache, fever and body malaise and I took Test IV and V in that sickly condition. Haha! See. It was hard!
- Stop being intelligent. Start being wise.
- Join review classes and study groups. Listen, ask and share what you know. For sure you still have a lot of concepts that you do not understand and concepts that you do not know yet. You need to be armed with the right knowledge and understanding because the PNLE is not something that could be conquered by just using your lower order thinking skills. You have to step up, comprehend, analyze.
- Group study is okay if you’re just three in your review group. More than three means a group chat; not a group review. Choose your review groupmates. Also, limit group study sessions because it’s better to review alone. Just gather what you need from your group then end the session.
- Stay away from bad influences… from people whom you know will pull you down or prevent you from preparing yourself well for the exams.
- If you are too lazy to attend review classes, make sure you are doing self-review. Get the outline of topics that will be included in the board exam. Browse it and mark the topics that you need to focus on. Yeah, focus is the key. You don’t have to read all your textbooks from cover to cover all over again. Reading them from cover to cover is a big big big waste of time. You won’t be able to finish them all. Don’t be silly.
- Answer a lot of sample test questions and make sure that you have the correct answer key all complete with correct rationale. These sample questions with correct answers and rationales are so helpful and will save you a lot of time. They can be found online, in books and if your school loves you so much, they will give you a copy of the previous board exam questions. If not, I believe you may find them all at the University of Recto. Haha! (If you guys are interested about the review tools I used for PNLE, you know where to find me online. The links are found at the upper right corner of this page. Just send me a message. *wink*)
- Reviewing for PNLE doesn’t mean a dead social life. Manage your time. Attend parties, use Facebook and Twitter, go out with friends, watch movies. Don’t be too harsh on yourself. Just know your limits and practice good time management.
- If you have plans of going on a diet, delay your plans until after the actual board exams. Please. You cannot afford to get sick during your preparation for the PNLE.
- Reviewing doesn’t also mean sleep deprivation. Sleep for 6-8 hours. Stop applying your insomniac and hypersomniac skills.
- Set a review schedule for yourself and make sure you’ll be able to keep up with it.
- Chill. Do not panic.
- Always think that it’s better to have a little knowledge of everything than to be an expert of one topic only.
- Do all the rituals that would make you feel secured that you’ll pass the exam. You need to be confident that you will own it. Always bear in mind that there is no other choice but to be ready and to pass the board exam. Failure should not be an option.
- Stop worrying. Stop thinking about your what ifs. Just do your part and let God do the rest for you. He will never desert you. He will give you the things you have prayed for when you’re ready to receive them.
- Make sure all your supplies are complete. The list of the things you’ll need is found on your Notice of Admission (NOA).
- Eat a healthy breakfast and bring with you lunch and snacks. Do not take in diuretics and laxatives during the exam days. Sacrifice your love of milk tea for two days.
- Bring with you your security object. But I hope your security object is not your pillow or your favorite blanket. Your security object could be a rosary, a small crucifix, your favorite handkerchief or your favorite ballpen and pencil.
- Follow the exam proctor.
- Do not over analyze. Sometimes, the answer is obvious. Do not ask “what ifs”. What you have are only the things stated on the paper. Do not make stories in your mind.
- Do not dwell on a hard question too long. Remember, you have a time limit.
- When you’re done, do not talk about the board questions with your friends anymore. It could just lead to false hopes and dying flames of confidence. Stop thinking about the items you think you answered incorrectly. Damage has been done and it won’t do you any good if you’ll dwell on your mistakes. Let go and move on.
- Enjoy the “vacation” while waiting for the release of the board exam results.
- Sleep a lot and do the things you had to put on hold during your preparation for the exams. Now is the perfect time to go to the gym and actually start your diet.
- Start writing your resume and scout for possible job opportunities. It’s better to submit your application right after you pass the exam.
There you go guys! If ever I’ll be coming up with additional tips, I’ll edit this post and inform you. To all future registered nurses… Good luck, always keep your hopes high and pray. 🙂