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ATTENTION APPLICANTS
Failure to read the following instructions will cause a delay in your application process and receiving your Authorization to Test.

The process of taking the NCLEX exam can be broken down into EIGHT steps. These steps cover registration and scheduling, eligibility, identification requirements, and results processing.



  1. Apply for licensure with one board of nursing (BON).
    • GRADUATE:
      You must wait until you graduate to apply.
    • ATTENTION: THE FIRST ,MIDDLE AND LAST  NAME ON THE ID THAT WILL BE USED FOR TESTING  MUST BE THE SAME AS THE FIRST, MIDDLE AND LAST NAME THAT YOU APPLY WITH ON YOUR APPLICATION TO ABN & PEARSON VUE FOR TESTING. IF YOUR MAIDEN NAME IS PART OF YOUR LAST NAME, BE SURE TO PROVIDE IT. ie. Smith-Jones
    • ONLINE APPLICATION:
      You must complete the online application.
    • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT:
      You must have an Official Transcript sent to us before your application will be processed.
    • Graduation Dates on the Transcripts must be the same date provided on your application.
    • REGULATORY QUESTIONS:
      If you answer "Yes" to any of the legal background questions, we must have a detailed explanation and all certified records (court, treatment, military, or other boards of nursing). If disclosure has been previously made to the Board, please indicate when. Send to the attention of Robert.
    • APPLY WITH PEARSON VUE:
      In addition to applying with ABN, you must apply to take the NCLEX examination and may do so HERE
      . If payment is not made to Pearson Vue at the same time of your registration with ABN the applicant is responsible for notifying ABN when they complete the process by paying Pearson Vue.
       
      DO NOT CONTACT PEARSON VUE CONCERNING YOUR ATT.
    • PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP:
      Applicants are now required to prove United States Citizenship or Lawful Presence in the United States prior to the Board issuing a temporary permit or permanent license. Select the correct checklist and follow the instructions on each to submit the appropriate document to the Board of Nursing.  We will only request this information from you this one time if you are a U.S. citizen. If you are not a citizen, and do not have a permanent resident card, we will ask for information from you at each license renewal after initial licensure. If you have provided citizenship documentation to your school for submission, you do not have to provide again.

      U.S. Citizen Checklist

      Not a U.S. Citizen Checklist

 

  1. Register and pay $200 with Pearson VUE via the Internet, telephone. Payment via MasterCard, Visa or American Express. You must be made eligible by the board of nursing (see Step 4) within 365 days of your registration and payment.
  2. Receive an Acknowledgement of Receipt of Registration from Pearson VUE by email.  Your username and password for the Pearson VUE website is located in this email
  3. When ABN determines your eligibility to test, ABN will make the applicant eligible in Pearson VUE system.
  4. Receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) letter from Pearson VUE. Candidates must test within the validity dates (an average of 90 days) on the ATT. There are no extensions. You no longer have to present the ATT email at your exam appointment.
  5. Schedule an exam appointment via the Internet (by accessing your online account) or by telephone (telephone only for international scheduling).
  6. Arrive for exam appointment and provide acceptable identification (ID). The only acceptable forms of ID for test centers in the U.S., American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and U.S. Virgin Islands are:
  • U.S. driver's license (Department of Motor Vehicle-issued; if expired, a renewal slip that includes a photograph and a signature must be presented as well);
  • U.S. state identification (Department of Motor Vehicle-issued);
  • U.S. military identification; or
  • Passport. 

        The only acceptable form of ID for international test centers is a passport.

      8.  Receive results from the BON after the exam.  
           (In Alabama, keep your confirmation number and check online for official
            results within 24-48 hours of testing).

I have read the above information and understand that failure to comply with ABN instructions will cause a delay in receiving Authorization to Test

Check the box above and then click here to begin the application process

 

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