3 Steps of the NCLEX Exams Process That You Shouldn’t Miss

3 Steps of the NCLEX Exams Process That You Shouldn’t Miss

The steps of the NCLEX exams are easy if you follow them correctly. For you to proceed with the test, you must understand how the exam process goes first. 

There are two kinds of NCLEX exams to take that the National Council of States Boards of Nursing. These are the NCLEX-RN or the National Council License Examination for Registered Nurses and the NCLEX-LPN or National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses. Both examinations determine the competence of nurses to take on their roles. This exam will evaluate your critical thinking skills to make nursing judgments. 

The 3 Steps

Before taking the said exams, it’s best to understand how the process goes. Here are the three steps of the NCLEX exams process that you shouldn’t miss.


  • Apply for a licensure exam/registration to the Nursing Regulatory Board/Body in the state where you wish to become a registered nurse. 
  • Register online, phone, or mail with Pearson VUE. Check that all your details match the one you sent when you registered at the test center. 
  • Pay all fees and receive your eligibility from Pearson VUE. 

Note: If you registered online, make sure to check your spam or junk folders for the correspondence from Pearson VUE. If you did not place any email address, all of the posts would arrive via U.S. mail. 

Pick a Schedule

Once you have received your eligibility from Pearson VUE, schedule your appointment test. It means you have to pick the date and time you would like to take your NCLEX exam. 

You can choose your schedule by visiting their website at www.pearsonvue.com/nclex or by calling Pearson VUE. You can also change the appointment date if you wish to do so, given that you follow the dates available and inform your testing center ahead. 

For exams scheduled on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, you must call Pearson VUE at least 24 hours before your actual exam. 

Call no later than Friday or one full business day ahead if your exam schedule lands on a Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. 

Present an ID

Bring a valid identification card and your Authorization to Test (ATT) on the day of your examination. For examinees living in the United States of America, American Samoa, Northern Marianas Islands, Guam, and the Virgin Islands, the I.D. you can present are:

  • U.S. Identification Card
  • US Driver’s license (not student’s/learner’s or temporary ones)
  • Passport

International examinees must also present their valid passports only. It must be in English, with their signature and photo. However, candidates whose I.D. is from a country on the U.S. embargoed lists cannot take the exam. 

If you do not have valid identification and ATT on the day of your appointment, you will not be allowed to take the exam, and the test session will be forfeited. It means you will have to re-register and pay the fees again too. That is why you must double-check everything while applying for the exam and AFTER you receive the permits to take it. 

You will receive the results of your NCLEX application within a month from your examination date. 

Important Things to Remember

Nurses from other parts of the world interested in taking the NCLEX exam must pay the fees of $150, including the Value Added Tax (VAT) where applicable. They must schedule online and pay the fees including taking the exam. 

Applicants who wish to change their Nursing Regulatory Board/Body must contact the customer services and pay  $50. Changes like examination language and type are also subject to fees of $50 each. 

International applicants who would like to change an already scheduled test appointment must coordinate and call Pearson VUE’s customer service for these changes. 

Follow the Steps in the NCLEX Exams, and You’re Good to Go

NCLEX is the last hurdle to take so you can practice your profession legally. Knowing the exam process saves you time and effort. So be sure to understand each process by heart. This way, you are ready to tackle the exams quickly and understand that all your hard work has to come today. Congratulations and the best of luck! 


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