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Requirements for Repeat Exam Applicants
Requirements for Repeat Exam Applicants

Requirements for Repeat Exam Applicants


NOTICE FROM NCSBN RE: NEW RULE RELATED TO NCLEX®

July 9, 2013


Exam Day: New Cell Phone Policy

As of March 2013, NCLEX candidates are required to store all electronic devices (i.e., cell/mobile/smart phones, cameras and tablets) in sealable bags provided at check-in by the test administrators (TA). These bags must remain in your locker for the duration of the examination. This policy has been implemented at all Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs). You are prohibited from tampering with the electronic device bag at any time.

At the completion of your exam, take your sealed bag to the TA at the administration desk. As a part of the check-out process, it is the TA's responsibility to open the bag. 

If you fail to comply with these rules, an incident report will be created and submitted for review. This could result in the cancellation of your result.

The goal of this policy is to prevent candidates from inadvertently touching their electronic devices thus reducing result cancellations. To date, there has been measured success in attaining this goal.

Please see the NCLEX Examination Candidate Rules for additional information on the new cell phone policy, as well as a list of all of the candidate rules.

Repeat Examination Applicants:

  1. Complete the online Exam application (You are not eligible for a temporary permit.) For information about what is required on the application, see the Exam to Licensure: General Frequently Asked Questions & Exam to Licensure: Application Frequently Asked Questions.
  2. Register for NCLEX with Pearson VUE.
  3. If it has been more than 12 months since you last tested, you must have an official transcript from your school of nursing submitted to the Board.

Applicants who have taken NCLEX in another state:
  1. You must still be eligible in the State where you originally applied for licensure.
  2. Complete the online Exam application (You are not eligible for a temporary permit.) For information about what is required on the application, see the Exam to Licensure: General Frequently Asked Questions & Exam to Licensure: Application Frequently Asked Questions.
  3. Complete Part I of the Out of State Repeat Examination Application Attachment.
    • Contact the Board of Nursing where you originally applied for licensure by exam to see if a fee is charged for completion of the form.
    • Mail the form to the Board of Nursing where you originally applied for licensure by exam who will submit the form to the ABN.
  4. Register for NCLEX with Pearson VUE.
  5. Contact your school of nursing to request that an official transcript be mailed to the Alabama Board of Nursing.



Do not reapply for licensure by examination until you receive official test
results by mail notifying you of failure.

Exam applicants are eligible to re-test after 45 days.

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