What to Bring to NCLEX

What Test-Takers Need To Bring to the NCLEX

It is essential that individuals taking a National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) test bring appropriate identification with them when they are scheduled to take their exam. The ID presented must have the same name that the individual is registered to take the test under, which is presented on the Authorization To Test (ATT) email all test-takers receive.

Accepted ID

Acceptable ID needs to be currently valid and be issued by the individual's state government or the federal government. The individual's name and photograph must all be displayed on the ID. A second form of ID with a signature is required if the ID presented does not include a signature. The signature name must match the name on the ATT as well as the secondary ID.

A driver's license, passport or other government-issued form of identification, such as a permanent resident card, are examples of accepted forms of ID. Military ID is also accepted.

If your name has changed since receiving your ATT, you'll need to bring all documentation concerning your legal name change with you to the test center. The only acceptable documents are divorce records, a marriage license and documentation from a court concerning a name change.

Additional Test Center Requirements

All individuals taking an NCLEX test must have their photograph taken at the test center. A digital signature is required. Test-takers must also have their palm scanned in order to be allowed to take the test.

Optional Items To Bring

The NCLEX tests can take up to 6 hours to complete, so individuals may wish to bring their wallet; however, personal items are not allowed in the test room. A storage area is provided outside the test room that test-takers can opt to use.

Items Provided At Test Centers

The items needed to complete the NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN tests are provided at test sites. These items include:

  • Erasable note boards
  • Erasable board markers
  • Earplugs if requested

Prohibited Items

Possessions such as the ones listed here must be left outside the test room:

Hats Jewelry Scarves
Coats Gloves Pens
Pencils Bags White Board
Purses Paper Food
Beverages Lip Balm Medical Devices

In addition to this, test-takers also can't access the following items during breaks:

Cell Phones Weapons Tablets
Educational Materials Cameras Fitness Bands

Test centers provide secured storage for items such as these and test-takers will not be allowed to access them until they have completed the entire test.

Individuals are not allowed to bring people with them to the test site as well.

Reasons Individuals May Forfeit Their Test Results

Violating some test policies may have serious consequences, such as being removed during the test or having test results canceled. Additional consequences, such as being barred from pursuing licensing and retaking an NCLEX test, may also apply.

Actions that can carry these or other consequences include:

  • Helping other test-takers
  • Receiving help while taking the test
  • Contacting other people during the test
  • Accessing items that are prohibited, such as cell phones
  • Disrupting the testing process
  • Tampering with test equipment

NCLEX Test Resources

In order to prepare for your NCLEX test take advantage of study guides and test preparation materials that are accessible online. Resources such as the ones linked to here can help you focus on reviewing the appropriate information prior to your NCLEX test. These courses are self-paced, so individuals can move through them on their own schedule. They are also designed to be mobile-friendly, which allows individuals to work on the course from a smartphone or tablet at their convenience.

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The NCLEX is an exam for aspiring nurses looking to prove their skills and knowledge. Students must pass this standardized exam in order to receive their nursing license.

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