NCLEX retake, in WA, how many times are allowed?

  1. i have some questions about the nclex, if anyone knows about these, please help me out.

    1. i read on petersons website and found out that nclex candidate can retake 3 times within 2 years, and 90 days between the tests.
    but i also heard that nclex in wa can be retaken as many as one wants.
    which one is accurate?

    2. if i fail from one state, can i go to a different state and take the nclex over there? if yes, then my license will be active for that particular state i pass the nclex?

    i read on website of wa state department of health (https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/hpqa1/hp..._bulletins.pdf) and found out that nclex candidate can retake 3 times within 2 years, and 90 days between the tests.
    but i also heard that nclex in wa can be retaken as many as one wants.
    which one is accurate?

    3. if i fail from one state, can i go to a different state and take the nclex over there? if yes, then my license will be active for that particular state i pass the nclex?

    which state(s) allows unlimited nclex retake?
    thanks,
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   Silverdragon102
    Each BON will have their own written criteria on retakes and they will be the ones you have to follow so if the BON says 3 times and then do a refresher then that is what you have to do with that BON.

    Saying that I feel you shouldn't be looking at which BON to go to for numerous attempts but concentrating on trying to pass the once. I know people do not always pass the first time (I was one and passed on 3rd) but every time I went into the exam was determined to give it my best shot plus proven it is hard for a foreign trained nurses especially one with experience to pass the exam first time but for some one who trained in the US the % is higher on passing first time
  4. by   EricJRN
    Quote from seneyka
    i read on website of wa state department of health (https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/hpqa1/hp..._bulletins.pdf) and found out that nclex candidate can retake 3 times within 2 years, and 90 days between the tests.
    but i also heard that nclex in wa can be retaken as many as one wants.
    which one is accurate?
    when in doubt, always listen to the state board of nursing.

    agree with silverdragon that it is best to focus your attention on passing rather than changing states. for a helpful resource, see the sticky at the top of this nclex forum entitled "the first tip of my new study guide."
  5. by   WAstateRN
    Yes, you can take up to 3 times in 2 yrs with 91 days in between. After that if you fail all three times then you have to have certain a refresher course done both in clinicals and lectures. WA is very strict indeed, not what as you heard.
  6. by   labrador4122
    go to your state BON, and there you will know exactly what your answer is.

    If I had failed my test the first time, I would have gone to GEORGIA, because they allow unlimited amount of times you can take the exam.... FL is too expensive, and someone told me that in GA, it is only $40-60 + the $200 you pay for pearson.

    I agree with silverdragon01 that for foreign trained nurses it is harder.... in our countries they don't test the way the US test with all this critical thinking and trickiness... they test mostly on the knowledge you know from nursing school.

    I studied like an animal for this test, and I think with my determination and kaplan strategies I made it the first time.
  7. by   rachix
    I have failed twice in WA so scared of failing a third time and not being able to test again, was is the whole country not the same!!! Seems a little unfair that I have to wait 91 days but if I lived an hour south I could take it in 45!!
  8. by   caliotter3
    Like others have said, don't be muddled up with the what if's, just concentrate on preparing for your next test. Keep your eye on the prize. Preparing for the NCLEX involves studying what you need to know. That part is the same no matter what state you take the test in. If you should happen to fail three times in WA and decide that moving to another state is viable for you, then you can do that when the time comes. Good luck passing this time!

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