The NCLEX exam

Eight Steps to the Test


Courtesy of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing we are sharing their Eight Steps of the NCLEX
NCSBN updated the Eight Steps of the NCLEX, which provides brief, helpful information on candidate registration, scheduling, eligibility, identification requirements and results processing. It is important that these steps are followed by those seeking a US nursing job. They provide a very clear overview of the process to take the NCLEX.

1. Apply for licensure with one board of nursing (BON).

2. Register and pay $200 with Pearson VUE via the Internet, telephone or by U.S. mail.

3. Receive an Acknowledgement of Receipt of Registration from Pearson VUE.

4. The BON makes you eligible in the Pearson VUE system.

5. Receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) letter from Pearson VUE. Candidates must test within the validity dates. There are no extensions.

6. Schedule an exam appointment via the Internet (by accessing your online account) or by telephone at 1.866.496.2539 (international scheduling can only be done via telephone).

7. Arrive for exam appointment and present your ATT letter and acceptable identification (ID). The only acceptable forms of ID for test centers in the U.S., American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and U.S. Virgin Islands are:
• U.S. driver’s license (Department of Motor Vehicle-issued; if expired, a renewal slip that includes a photograph and a signature must be presented as well);
• U.S. state identification (Department of Motor Vehicle-issued);
• U.S. military identification; or
• Passport.
The only acceptable form of ID for international test centers is a passport.

8. Receive results from the BON approximately four weeks after the exam.

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