How long can you put off nclex after graduation?

  1. I know most people want to know how soon you can take it after graduation, and I imagine you wouldn't want to wait too long or you would forget material. But do people ever wait, say 3-4 months before taking it? Would that be a bad idea? I have reasons that have nothing to do with the actual test, that might make me want to wait.

    Thanks, Tofutii
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  3. by   TheCommuter
    The NCSBN did a study indicating that NCLEX test-takers have an 80 percent chance of passing if the exam is taken within 60 days of graduation. If you flip the coin, the chances of passing drop to 44 percent if you wait over 60 days to take NCLEX. Don't wait! Get it over with! Time is not on your side if you choose to wait and put the test off.
  4. by   bamagrl
    I graduated on May 8 and just took Nclex on Aug. 31... and found out today I passed but I feel its really up to each individual and whether they feel like they are ready to take it.
  5. by   EricJRN
    Agree with TheCommuter. While some people have passed years after graduation and each person is different, the NCSBN has shown that the less you put it off, the better.
  6. by   tofutti
    Thank you, people!
  7. by   RebeccaJeanRN
    We were told to take it as soon as possible once we qualified, but then a few students took that literally and got everything lined up so that they could run right out and take it within a week or two of finishing the quarter. But I know at least one of them didn't pass probably because she didn't do enough practice first and I felt bad because she took that advice so darn literally. So I think the ideal time is about a month or so later, but only after you've practiced at least 3000 questions.
  8. by   amber84
    how much does is cost to take the test?
  9. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from amber84
    how much does is cost to take the test?
    This is an old thread.... but to answer your question it depends on the BON as each will have their own fees plus you will also have to pay pearsonvue again.