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How to Register for the NCLEX

Staff Writer
Reviewed by Dr. Clancey Sollis
Nov 1, 2023

After you’ve earned your ASN or BSN degree, registering for the NCLEX is a crucial step towards obtaining your nursing license. The process may vary slightly depending on your location, but here is a general overview of how to register for the NCLEX.

Determine Your Eligibility

Before registering for the NCLEX, ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements set by the state board of nursing in the state where you want to practice. These requirements typically include completion of an accredited nursing program and submission of necessary documentation.

Create an Account

Once you’ve determined that you’re eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam, it’s time to create an account on Pearson Vue website. To create an account, you’ll provide your personal information, contact details, and a valid email address. Visit to create an account.

Submit the Application

Log in to your NCSBN account and navigate to the NCLEX registration section. Fill out the application form accurately, providing information about your nursing education, previous licensure (if applicable), and any accommodations you may require for the exam.

Pay the Registration Fee

Once you have completed the application, you will be prompted to pay the NCLEX registration fee. The fee amount may vary year to year, so be sure to check the current fee structure on the NCSBN website prior to registering. Payment options typically include credit or debit cards.

Receive the Authorization to Test (ATT)

After submitting your application and payment, you will receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) via email or through your NCSBN account. The ATT will include important information such as your candidate identification number and instructions for scheduling your exam.

Schedule Your Exam

Using the instructions provided in the ATT, schedule your NCLEX exam with Pearson VUE, the testing vendor for the NCLEX. You can schedule your exam online, over the phone, or through the Pearson VUE website. Choose a suitable testing center location, along with a convenient date and time for your examination. For Utah candidates, they must also request and receive authorization to test from DOPL before they can sit for the exam.

Prepare for the Exam

Once you have scheduled your exam, it’s time to start preparing. Create a study plan, gather relevant study materials and resources, and engage in focused review and practice. Refer to reliable NCLEX study guides, textbooks, online resources, and practice exams to enhance your preparation. Get more tips on How to Study for the NCLEX.

Take the Exam

On the day of your exam, dress comfortably and arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled testing time. You’ll be required to provide biometrics to verify your identity. When you’re ready to begin your exam, it’s important to set a pace. You have five hours to complete the test, including breaks, and once you’ve answered a question you cannot go back. So analyze carefully.


Remember to check the specific registration requirements and processes of your state’s nursing regulatory body, as they may have additional or slightly different steps. Following these general steps will help you navigate the NCLEX registration process and take a significant step towards achieving your nursing career goals. Good luck!


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