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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.


For applicants who need to take NCLEX.

 

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).
    • You must wait until you graduate
    • ATTENTION: THE NAME ON THE ID THAT WILL BE USED FOR TESTING MUST BE THE SAME AS THE NAME THAT YOU APPLY WITH ABN & PEARSON VUE FOR TESTING
    • You must complete the online application.
    • You must have an Official Transcript sent to us before your application will be processed.
    • 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. In addition to applying to us, you must apply to take the NCLEX examination and may do so here.
    • EXAM APPLICANTS: 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. Thanks.

      U.S. Citizen Checklist

      Not a U.S. Citizen Checklist

  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Receive eligibility from the BON. Board of nursing makes you eligible in the Pearson VUE system.
  5. 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.
  6. Schedule an exam appointment via the Internet (by accessing your online account) or by telephone (telephone only for international scheduling).
  7. 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 up to six weeks after the exam.  (In Alabama,
           keep your confirmation number and check online for official results within 24-48 hours 
           of testing).


The Eight Steps of the NCLEX flyer, as well as the 2012 NCLEX Candidate Bulletin, can be found on the Candidate Bulletin and Information page
 of NCSBN's website, www.ncsbn.org.



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