How far did you have to go to take your boards??

  1. i'm just curious how far everyone had to go to get a pearson testing center.

    tomorrow i am driving 3 and a half hours to go to virginia to take mine. there were no appointments in north carolina for like, 2 months solid.

    i booked a hotel room and am taking fiancee and kitty cat along for the trip. i can't believe though in how huge this state is (there is like 9 pearson centers) that i have to drive to virginia!
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  3. by   TheCommuter
    I took NCLEX-PN in December 2005, and the testing center was located 25 miles from my residence. By the way, I am in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.
  4. by   flightnurse2b
    i'd take 25 instead of 125! but i am ready to get this test over with.

    i am just a nervous wreck now though. i have a half packed suitcase, a folder full of documents, 8 prep books and a very confused little cat next to my computer. can't seem to figure out which end is up right now.

    i hope they let me take my rosary beads in.
  5. by   CT Pixie
    There are two Pearsons in Connecticut. I orginally booked my test date at the one farther from me because they had available dates that weren't a month or better away.

    I kept checking the other testing center to try and get a testing date that was sooner, by sheer luck I got one at the center closest to me for the next day. (about a 35-40 minute ride as opposed to the 1+ ride to the other one)

    But like you I did check out close States to see if I could get a sooner date. I checked NY, RI and MA.
  6. by   CT Pixie
    Quote from flightnurse2b
    i hope they let me take my rosary beads in.
    Not sure if your kidding about that or not, but nope nothing goes into that testing room but you, nothing else.

    Unless you wear them as a necklace and not walk in holding them , that way might work
    Last edit by CT Pixie on Dec 18, '08 : Reason: brainstorm idea :)
  7. by   flightnurse2b
    Quote from CT Pixie
    Not sure if your kidding about that or not, but nope nothing goes into that testing room but you, nothing else.

    Unless you wear them as a necklace and not walk in holding them , that way might work
    no i was being serious, lol! i need them! i am going to put them in my pocket and if they tell me i can't have them i'll put them on my neck. i'm surely not the only person who has ever walked in with a little jesus on their person

    i can't seem to get it together. i feel like i am going to barf already. a nurse i work with told me she took benadryl before she took hers because she was so nervous and actually passed. i would have been out cold!
  8. by   akanini
    5 Miles..NYC....I guess that's one of the few good things about living in NY. Just a FEW, trust me!
  9. by   therooftop
    Quote from flightnurse2b
    no i was being serious, lol! i need them! i am going to put them in my pocket and if they tell me i can't have them i'll put them on my neck. i'm surely not the only person who has ever walked in with a little jesus on their person

    i can't seem to get it together. i feel like i am going to barf already. a nurse i work with told me she took benadryl before she took hers because she was so nervous and actually passed. i would have been out cold!
    When I took the exam a few weeks ago, their rules were empty pockets and no jewelry (even watches)

    I had a St. Jude novena booklet that I just had to have with me, so I wore shorts with pockets inside my pants and put it there.
  10. by   BettyBoo706
    I live in Mount Vernon NY and did it Downtown Manhattan. It took 2 hrs commute time
  11. by   determinedgal1
    I live in IL and we have a Pearson Vue Center in Peoria which is 20 minutes from where I live but it's always booked. My other choices would be to go to Chicago which would be 3 hours and some students did go here. The option that I chose was Springfield, IL which is 1 1/2 hours and I tested today. I got a motel and went down on Wednesday so I could get plenty of rest and just relax before my exam today.:redpinkhe
  12. by   SuesquatchRN
    I had a choice between Burlington, VT 50 miles away or Albany NY, 100. I chose Albany because the only times available in VT were 8 a.m. and I'd rather drive an etra hour each way than leave at 6:20 a.m.
  13. by   SinCityRN
    Hey flightnurse..omg are u serious??? That's a hell of a long trip to take your test. Here in Nevada there's only one testing center but usually you have to schedule your test 1 month in advance since all the good spots get taken fast. Anyways about the rosary yeah I tried taking it in with me before and you just cant. I had to leave mine in my bag, but I took a break and took it out and started to pray when the computer just kept throwing questions at me and it finally stopped lol. The rosary is good to bring along but just by knowing that God is everywhere and having that spiritual mentality to imagine that he was right beside me during the whole thing helped me alot. I prayed right before I walked in, during my breaks and right after I walked out! Well anyways good luck. You can do this and try not to study 2 days before your test just relax...DON'T STUDY!!! Goodluck!
  14. by   NYRN08
    I live in the Hudson Valley area of NY and the first time I traveled to Albany, NY which was about an hour and a half away. The second time I traveled to Somerset NJ, which like others I couldn't get a date until the beginning of 2009 and didn't want to wait. It was about an hour away.

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