You sign up for an appt. to take the NCLEX on their website. Their should be testing centers that you can select from. The test is costly and you need to answer at least 70 or 80 questions before it will end if you passed. I had a guy in my class who had 200 something questions before the test ended. Therefore, this isn't an exam you want to rush into. Adequate preparation is necessary. Check to see what rules your state's nursing board has on the NCLEX. For instance, I know in some, if you fail, you are required to wait a certain amount of days/months to take it again. So bottom line is, do your best the first time around.
On the flip side, studies show the longer you wait to take a test-the more recall memory you lose and the poorer you do on the exam.
1. Talk to your Nursing Dean and see when the earliest you are eligible to sign up for the exam.
2. When eligible, go online to the NCLEX website and find a date/location that works for you. Then notify your potential employer about when your scheduled. Usually hospitals are fairly flexible.
3. Go on Amazon and get a NCLEX study guide. Example: Saunders.