How Much Does the NCLEX Cost?

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NCLEX Exam Costs

RN and LPN program graduates who are ready to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) must pay a one-time exam fee of $200 during the registration process if they're seeking licensure in the US. Some students may face additional fees, such as:

  • International students looking to practice in America will need to pay an international scheduling fee of $150.
  • If you want to change your exam type (be it RN or PN), you'll have to pay a $50 fee.
  • If you change your mind and decide you would like to practice in a different state, you'll need to change the name of the board from which you're seeking licensure, and doing so incurs a $50 fee.

Registering for the Test

Registration for the NCLEX consists of several steps. First, you'll have to prove your eligibility to your state board of nursing and apply for a license. At the same time, you'll have to register and pay your test fees through Pearson VUE, the testing service administering the exam. Students can register over the phone, but Pearson strongly urges candidates to register through its website.

Assuming your application is in order, you should receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) via email from your state board of nursing. The ATT will provide you with the authorization number you'll need to schedule a testing appointment through your online Pearson VUE account or over the phone.

Scheduling an Appointment

It's recommended that you schedule your appointment soon after you receive your ATT in order to ensure the availability of a test date. Your ATT will only be valid for a limited amount of time (the average length is 90 days). If you fail to schedule your test date before it expires, or you wait until the last minute and there aren't any seats available, you will have to pay the $200 exam fee and start the registration process all over again.

NCLEX Prep Tips and Resources

Once you've gotten the registration fees out of the way and scheduled your exam, you can focus on getting ready for your testing appointment. To make sure there are no unexpected surprises to distract you from doing your best, you might want to review exam day procedures outlined on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website, which also offers detailed test plans and sample questions for both the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN exams. These resources can familiarize you with what's on the test and help ensure your study plan addresses any areas that caused you difficulty in your nursing program.

Additional online materials can be found in the form of both programs and standalone courses. The Study.com courses listed below break down exam content over the course of several short video lessons, allowing you to focus on the areas you need to study. You can also take self-checking quizzes and practice tests to track your course progress and determine when you're ready for your test date.

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