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, due to they provide a very clear overview of the process to take the NCLEX:


  1. First of all, it is necessary to apply for licensure with one board of nursing (BON)
  2. Then, the applicant has to register and pay $200 with Pearson VUE via the Internet, telephone or by U.S. mail
  3. After that, the applicant will receive an Acknowledgement of Receipt of Registration from Pearson VUE
  4. Then, the BON makes the applicant eligible in the Pearson VUE system
  5. The candidate will receive an Authorisation to Test (ATT) letter from Pearson VUE which contains the authorisation number, candidate identification number and an expiration date. These validity dates cannot be extended for any reason
  6. Once the candidate has received the ATT, he/she has to schedule an exam appointment via the Internet (by accessing his/her online account) or by telephone at 1.866.496.2539 (International scheduling can only be done via telephone)
  7. Before doing the Test, the candidate must present the ATT letter and an 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 welll)
    • U.S. state identification (Department of Motor Vehicle-issued)
    • U.S. military identification
    • Passport (This is the only acceptable form of ID for international test centers)
  8. Finally, the applicant will receive results from the BON approximately four weeks after the exam

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