How long before I have to test?


Does anyone know if there is a time limit on when you have to test once you submit your application to test? I'm nervous that once I submit, I will have to test within a certain time frame and won't be ready. I'm not sure if this matters, but I am in AZ.

KelRN215, BSN, RN

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Yes, once you get your Authorization to Test you must test within the time frame given by your state. The time frame varies by state, according to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the average is 90 days:

Check with your BON to see what the time frame is in your state.


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Yeah there is a time frame. Also once you scheduled your dates, you can always change it. But it may be different in your state so please check with you states BON.

I advise you to take it as soon as you graduate, and within that time frame til your test date, you must study and do practice questions. The longer you wait, the more nervous you are and you will forget most of the stuff you learned from school. Study infection control, delegation, endocrine, and drugs. Good luck!