Overview of NCLEX Testing Centers
NCLEX - RN and NCLEX - PN test takers must take their exams at testing centers, which are managed by Pearson VUE. Below, you'll find answers to commonly asked questions about these centers.
Where Are Testing Centers Located?
NCLEX testing centers may be found in the United States and its territories, in Canada and its territories, and in a variety of international locations. You may take your exam at any official testing center but, if the center is located outside the region where you seek to be licensed, you will be charged an additional fee for your test.
|Country of Licensure||Testing Center Location||Exam Fee||International Fee*|
|United States||The United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and Northern Mariana Islands||$200 U.S. Dollars||None|
|Canada and its territories or other international locations||$200 U.S. Dollars||$150 U.S. Dollars|
|Canada||Canada, Canadian territories, and the U.S. mainland||$360 Canadian Dollars||None|
|U.S. Territories or other international locations||$360 Canadian Dollars||$150 Canadian Dollars|
*VAT will be added to the international fees in some areas.
How Do I Find a Location?
Once you have met the requirements of the nursing board with which you plan to be licensed and are approved by that board to take your exam, you will register for your exam through Pearson VUE. At that time, you will be able to search Pearson VUE's worldwide network of testing centers to find and select the location that is most convenient for you.
What Should I Expect When I Arrive at the Testing Center?
First, keep in mind that you should arrive at the testing center a half hour before your scheduled start time. You will not be allowed to take any electronic devices or personal belongings into the testing room. If requested, you'll be provided earplugs to use during your exam. Before you may take your test, you'll be required to present identification, have a photo taken, give your signature digitally and do a palm vein scan.
All NCLEX testing centers administer exams via a computer adaptive testing (CAT) system. The CAT measures your ability throughout the exam to provide questions based on your performance. Before you arrive at the testing center, it is a good idea to understand how the CAT system works. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) offers a video on its website that explains the system and its purpose.
What Else Do I Need to Know About Taking My Exam?
The maximum time allowed for the NCLEX - RN is six hours. The NCLEX - PN must be completed within five hours. Well before taking the exam, you should review the candidate bulletin, which may be downloaded from the NCSBN's website. This bulletin provides details regarding both testing center rules and exam content. Given the length and complexity of these exams, it is also a good idea to begin studying well ahead of your test day. To help, Study.com offers comprehensive online prep courses for both NCLEX exams. The NCLEX - PN Study Guide and Practice and the NCLEX - RN Study Guide and Practice courses are self-paced, so you may study at your convenience, and provide self-assessment tools to help you make sure that you are fully prepared for your exam when you arrive at the NCLEX testing center.