The final hurdle for aspiring nurses is to take and pass the NCLEX® in order to become a practicing clinician. Your classes are done, your clinical are completed, you survived school — all that remains is sitting for the exam. But no matter how prepared you are for the NCLEX, you can’t just show up on test day; you’ll need to register for the exam first.
Here’s what you need to know:
Step One: Upon graduation from an accredited nursing school, apply for licensure with the nursing regulatory body (NRB) in the state where you wish to be licensed.
Step Two: Register to take the test with Pearson VUE (the service that administers the exam). You can register by mail, telephone, or online.
Things to Note:
- The name you give upon registration must exactly match the name on the identification that you will be required to present at the test center on exam day.
- It is recommended that you register online to expedite your registration.
- Your registration will remain open while waiting for confirmation of your eligibility from the NRB.
Step Three: Receive your Authorization to Test (ATT). After your eligibility is confirmed from the NRB and after confirmation of registration with Pearson VUE (you will be notified by both agencies), you will receive an Authorization to Test from Pearson VUE.
Things to Note:
- Pay careful attention to the validity dates on your ATT. You must test within the dates provided by Pearson Vue; they will not be extended.
Step Four: Congratulations! Now that you have your ATT, it’s time to schedule an appointment to sit for your exam. Simply call Pearson VUE or schedule an appointment online at www.pearsonvue.com/nclex.
Step Five: On exam day, arrive at your testing site with one form of acceptable identification and your ATT. Acceptable forms of identification for U.S. test-takers are: U.S. driver’s license, U.S. state identification, or a passport.
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