NCLEX test dates and when you can take the nclex

NCLEX Test Dates: When can I take the NCLEX?

When will you take the NCLEX-RN® exam? The earliest date on which you can take the NCLEX-RN® exam varies depending on your state, but the majority of students test approximately 45 days after the date of their graduation.

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NCLEX® Registration Variables

  • when you submit the applications and fees
  • the length of time the ATT is valid, personal factors (weddings, births, vacations)
  • job requirements

Each state determines the requirements for graduate nurses, licensure pending. If you are working as a graduate nurse, you must be knowledgeable about the rules in your state.

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What happens on the day of my NCLEX-RN® exam?

Arrive at the test center at least 30 minutes before your scheduled test time. Wear layered clothing—the rooms may be cool in the morning but can warm up as the day progresses.

What to bring to the NCLEX-RN®

Remember to bring these items when you take the NCLEX® exam.
  • Your Authorization to Test (ATT)

    Although your ATT is no longer required for admission to your exam, you may wish to refer to it.

  • One form of signed identification that includes a picture

    If you have changed your hair color, lost weight, or grown a beard, have a new picture ID made before test day. The name on your ID must match exactly the name on your ATT. Acceptable forms of identification include driver’s license, state/province identification, passport, and U.S. military ID.

  • A snack and something to drink.

    Do not bring any study materials to the test center.


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Check-in at the NCLEX-RN®

Below are the check-in procedures for the NCLEX® exam.

  1. Present your ATT.
  2. Present your picture ID.
  3. Sign in.
  4. A computer picture will be taken of you.
  5. Seal all electronic devices in a plastic bag provided by the test center.
  6. Place all other personal belongings in secure storage outside the testing room. This includes watches, large jewelry, scarfs and hats, lip balm, food and drink,and medical devices.
  7. Earplugs are available on request. Request them, in case you find yourself distracted by background noise.

How long will it take to receive myNCLEX-RN® results?

Your results are sent to you by your state board of nursing. Each state board determines when the NCLEX-RN® exam results are released.

In the following jurisdictions, you may access your “unofficial” results two business days after taking your examination via the NCLEX® candidate website (for a $7.95 fee): Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming. For most states, you will receive your official results approximately six weeks after your test date.

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