waiting time from graduation to NCLEX

  1. How long does it normally take from the time you graduate from LVN class to getting an invitation to test from the Board? My school said it takes a month to submit all necessary paperwork to the State then I have to wait to get my invitation to test in the mail. I want to take the NCLEX exam as soon as I graduate!
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   kahumai
    I didn't know it was an "invitation." I was under the impression that as long as you have filed the necessary paperwork that you are eligible to take the NCLEX whenever YOU make the appointment anytime after graduation. Am I wrong? Is there maybe a difference between the LVN program vs. my BSN program?

    Anybody else have any clues???? :uhoh21:
  4. by   LindseyLou2222
    I graduated on 12-14-04, sent all my paper work out that day. I am STILL waiting on my ATT (authorization to test) form to come back from the NCLEX board. So it can take a while, but I am sure the holidays has a lot to do with my waiting time.
  5. by   can'twait
    Quote from BSNin05
    I didn't know it was an "invitation." I was under the impression that as long as you have filed the necessary paperwork that you are eligible to take the NCLEX whenever YOU make the appointment anytime after graduation. Am I wrong? Is there maybe a difference between the LVN program vs. my BSN program?

    Anybody else have any clues???? :uhoh21:
    Oooops, its not "invitation" to test. Its actually authorization to test. Thanks LindseyLou2222 for your post. I would have kept calling it invitation to test if not for your post. :chuckle Sorry, BSNinO5 for confusing you :imbar I guess it's normal to wait for a month. Hey, i can finallly catch up on my sleep!
  6. by   kahumai
    LOL. That's okay. I've heard around a month over here, too, but I just thought that was the student's choice to wait a month before testing so they had time to review. I guess I didn't know that there was an "authorization" to test. Good to know!!!
  7. by   Hoozdo
    Well, here is how it works in Arizona. You can submit all of your paperwork to the State Board of Nursing before you graduate. Go sign up to take the NCLEX and pay your fee online - I think the site is Pearson.com. Then when you graduate you have all the paperwork in already. The only thing you have to wait for is your school to send verification to the State Board of Nursing and then you get your authorization to test. If you have all of your ducks in a row you can take the NCLEX about 10 days after graduation. That is how I did it; I figured the sooner I took the NCLEX the better I would do on it! ......and I was right
    Lu Ann

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