Taking the NCLEX

  • What are the eligibility requirements for taking the NCLEX?

    Each nursing regulatory body (NRB) has its own eligibility requirements to take the NCLEX. NCSBN does not maintain a list of requirements for each NRB. Contact the NRB where you are seeking licensure/registration for their requirements (applicable only to NRBs of the U.S., Canada and Australia).

  • How do I register for the NCLEX?

    To take the NCLEX, you will first need to complete two separate processes (applicable only to nursing regulatory bodies of the U.S. & Canada):
    1. Contact your Nursing Regulatory Body (NRB) and request a licensure/registration application. Registration process for Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) candidates You will pay a licensing/registration fee to the NRB along with the submission of your application materials. Licensure/registration applications must be obtained from the NRB in the state/province/territory where you are seeking licensure/registration, as requirements vary.
    2. Register with Pearson VUE (the testing vendor) using one of the following methods: Online - Visit Pearson VUE and pay with a credit, debit or prepaid card Phone - Call Pearson VUE Candidate Services at 866.496.2539 and pay the exam fee by credit, debit or prepaid card Find out more about the NCLEX registration process.

  • How do I go about making a change to my registration with Pearson VUE?

    If your Nursing Regulatory Body (NRB) has declared you eligible:
    1. You must contact your NRB to make the necessary corrections.
    2. Once the correction is confirmed with the NRB, please contact Pearson VUE for a revised Authorization to Test (ATT) if needed.
    If you have not been made eligible by your NRB, then you will need to contact Pearson VUE to report the corrections.

  • I have registered for the NCLEX, when will I get my Authorization to Test (ATT) email?

    Once you have been made eligible by your nursing regulatory body (NRB), you will receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) via the email address you provided when registering. If you have not received an ATT email, you may want to contact your NRB to ensure all necessary materials have been submitted and received, or to find out why they have not granted eligibility to your registration. You must have your ATT email to schedule an appointment to take the NCLEX.

    You must test within the validity dates of your ATT (the average length of an ATT is 90 days). These validity dates cannot be extended for any reason. If you do not test within these dates you will have to reregister and pay another exam fee. The ATT contains your authorization number, candidate identification number and an expiration date. You need the ATT to schedule an appointment to take the NCLEX.

    Call Pearson VUE Candidate Services at 866.496.2539 or at one of the international telephone numbers in the NCLEX Candidate Bulletin to report a lost ATT or if your NRB has made you eligible and you have not received your ATT.

    Links to all NRBs websites and contact information are available on the Membership page.

    For further details, visit Authorization to Test.

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