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NCLEX-RN Exam Writing Tips

CNA and the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association developed these tips to help students write the NCLEX-RN entry-to-practice exam.

Eight steps to writing the NCLEX-RN exam
The following list is an adapted version of the process identified by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), which develops the NCLEX-RN exam. We have modified the steps for students in Canada.

  1. Apply for licensure with one provincial/territorial nursing regulatory body where you wish to work and be licensed/registered.
  2. Register and pay the exam fee to Pearson VUE via phone or internet.
  3. Receive acknowledgement of Receipt of Registration from Pearson VUE by e-mail.
  4. Your provincial/territorial nursing regulatory body will activate your eligibility in the Pearson VUE system.
  5. Receive Authorization to Test (ATT) e-mail from Pearson VUE. Your ATT is valid for 90 days from date of issue.
  6. Schedule your exam appointment via the internet or by telephone. You must test within the 90 day validity period of your ATT.
  7. Arrive for the exam appointment and present your acceptable identification.
  8. Receive your official results from your nursing regulatory body.

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