The NCLEX exam

Authorisation to Test (ATT)


How to register for the exam?

In order to register for the NCLEX RN exam, a registered nursing candidate should apply to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for licensure elegibility. Once your elegibility has been confirmed, the board will provide an Authorisation to Test (ATT) number. At the same time the candidate should register with Pearson VUE, the contracted test provider.

How to register with Pearson VUE?

There are three ways to register with Pearson VUE:

  • Online
  • Telephone
  • Email


How much does it cost?

The cost of the exam is $200 and can be paid using:

  • Credit or debit card (VISA, MasterCard or American Express)
  • Money order
  • Cashier’s check
  • Certified check


ATT Validity Dates

  • Each ATT letter is valid for a period of time specified by the board of nursing (varies from 60 days to 365 days; however, the average length of an ATT is 90 days).
  • Once the board of nursing declares a candidate eligible to test and the ATT letter is issued, a candidate must test within the validity dates of their ATT letter.



  • These validity dates cannot be extended for any reason.
  • Test centres can fill up quickly. Do not wait until the ATT is going to expire shortly.
  • If you do not take the test within the specified time, you will have to register again and pay the $200 once more.

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