Before the Exam

NCLEX Registration and Authorization to Test

Before you can take the NCLEX, you’ll need an Authorization to Test (ATT). To get this, you’ll need to apply to your board of nursing/regulatory body (BON/RB) and then register with Pearson VUE. You’ll want to start this process well in advance of your target date for taking the exam.     

Preparation for the NCLEX

Review the NCLEX Candidate Bulletin and familiarize yourself with the format of the NCLEX test plan. It is also important to locate your test site because they can fill up quickly. Do not wait until your ATT is close to expiration to schedule your exam or you may have to reregister and pay another exam fee.

Candidate Registration Process

Step 1 Apply for licensure/registration to the regulatory body/board of nursing

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Step 2 Eligibility Granted

Once eligibility is granted, registration must be complete before receiveing authorization to test

Step 3 Register and pay the fee for the NCLEX with Pearson VUE

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Step 4 Acknowledgement of Registration

Summary of Steps to take the NCLEX

  1. Learn about eligibility and then apply for licensure/ registration with a BON/RB
  2. Register and pay the exam fee to Pearson VUE
  3. Wait to schedule until you receive the following from Pearson VUE: Acknowledgement of Receipt of Registration and Authorization to Test (ATT) 
  4. Schedule your exam with Pearson VUE
For more details, see the Candidate Bulletin.