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If you fail the NCLEX, can you sign up to re-take the test in another state?

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Sooner than the minimum (45, 90, etc) day wait requirement?

I take it next month and certainly do not plan on failing it, but would like to know my options if I do!

Thank you for any insight!

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JustBeachyNurse has 10 years experience as a RN and specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics.

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If you just simply want to test in another location, then yes. But the answer is No if you are trying to take the test sooner than the minimum wait established by your BoN. The minimum wait is set by your board of nursing, unless you wish to abandon your application with your board of nursing and apply to a different state but the other states will ask if you previously took the NCLEX, when and the results.. The ATT is issued by the BoN, you can take the test anywhere. Many of my classmates tested out of state because of plans, convenience, scheduling.

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If you just simply want to test in another location, then yes. But the answer is No if you are trying to take the test sooner than the minimum wait established by your BoN. The minimum wait is set by your board of nursing, unless you wish to abandon your application with your board of nursing and apply to a different state but the other states will ask if you previously took the NCLEX, when and the results.. The ATT is issued by the BoN, you can take the test anywhere. Many of my classmates tested out of state because of plans, convenience, scheduling.

So for example, say I test in California and do not pass. I can decide I want to move to Texas, apply for the ATT through the TX state BON and possibly re-take the test within 30 days (or however long it takes for them to send the ATT)?

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unless you wish to abandon your application with your board of nursing and apply to a different state but the other states will ask if you previously took the NCLEX, when and the results..

And what do you mean by this? What does it matter that they know you failed in another state?:confused:

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Silverdragon102 has 32 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

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The state will ask you if you have sat the exam before. It will also take longer than 45 days to register with new state and receive a new ATT

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I understand they will ask if I have taken it before, but what does that matter?

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JustBeachyNurse has 10 years experience as a RN and specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics.

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If you have taken the test and failed then you will have to wait. So if Texas states that you must wait 90 (inserting random number) days between testing and you failed in CA (who say randomly only had a 45 day wait between tests) you would have to wait 90 days before you could test again. They ask if you have tested before to prevent people from doing what it seems you wish to do.

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If you have taken the test and failed then you will have to wait. So if Texas states that you must wait 90 (inserting random number) days between testing and you failed in CA (who say randomly only had a 45 day wait between tests) you would have to wait 90 days before you could test again. They ask if you have tested before to prevent people from doing what it seems you wish to do.

Okay I apologize I'm just not quite understanding this. I am saying that if I do fail in CA, I WOULD abandon my application for CA licensure. I would move to Texas with no intention of returning to CA, and apply for licensure through the Texas BoN.

I would still have to follow procedure as if I had failed the NCLEX in Texas?

:o Thanks for the help and yes I realize I should be studying right now to ensure I pass the first go around:uhoh3: . I would just feel better knowing my what-if-I-fail options now since I do plan on moving to TX for work.

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Silverdragon102 has 32 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

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Doesn't matter if you abandon your CA application, you will be asked if you have sat the exam before and result. If failed they will make sure that your new ATT will not be released until x amount of days has passed. As mentioned in the previous post some states make you wait 90 days before resitting the exam and some say 45.

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