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Written by The NCLEX Team. Posted in NCLEX Test Taking Tips

When beginning your preparations for the NCLEX-RN examination, knowing what to expect during the examination will help to put your mind at ease.  When studying for the NCLEX-RN examination, there are many important factors to consider, including time limitations, how to sign up for the exam, eligibility requirements, cost of the examination and where the examination is conducted.

NCLEX-RN Eligibility Requirements
In order to apply to take the NCLEX-RN examination, you must first contact your state board of nursing and apply for licensure and eligibility to take the exam. The nursing board will contact the institution where you have studied nursing and confirm your credentials and eligibility for the examination. Once eligibility is granted by your state board of nursing, you then receive authorization to test. Once your authorization has been received, you may then register to take the test with Pearson VUE and pay the testing fee.

Cost of the NCLEX-RN Examination
The testing fee for the NCLEX-RN examination is $200, which you may pay online using a credit card. If you need to repeat the examination, you will need to pay the fee each time you take the test. Your state board of nursing may charge separate fees for the other components of your licensure, which you are obligated to pay in order to obtain a license to practice nursing in your state.

NCLEX-RN Examination Locations
To find the nearest NCLEX-RN examination location, visit the Pearson VUE website to locate a testing center. You will need to input your address and a radius to find a testing location. The default settings will display the nearest 5 testing centers from the address you entered into the system.

Signing Up for the NCLEX-RN Examination
Once you receive your eligibility confirmation from your state board of nursing and your authorization to test, do not hesitate in signing up for a seat to take the NCLEX-RN examination. Your eligibility has an expiration date and you must complete your examination before your authorization and eligibility expire. After you have registered with Pearson VUE and paid your examination fee, schedule your examination date and location. You may do this by registering online with Pearson VUE. Once you have a login identification and password, you may schedule your examination on their website.

Time Limitations on the NCLEX-RN Examination
You will have up to six hours to complete the NCLEX-RN examination, which can be anywhere from 75 to 265 questions, with two optional breaks. Pace yourself accordingly, as the computerized testing system does not allow you to go back to questions you have already completed.

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