NCLEX: How often are they given?

  1. Are you able to take it as soon as you graduate? Are they offered every month? Do you wait to start working until you pass?
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  3. by   Katnip
    After you graduate you need to get an authorization from your school sent to the state. This is to verify that you indeed completed all your educational requirements and graduated. Then it takes time for the board to get their paperwork done and send you the go ahead to take the exam. After that, you just find the nearest center and schedule an appointment.

    I think exams are just offered at any time at the educational centers in your area. There's no specific schedule.
  4. by   Gator,SN
    The letter that I recieved said that after you are verified to test, they try to get you in within 30 days. (PA)

    Also, if you do not pass the first time you have to wait 90 days to retest.
    I have my temporary permit to practice as a GN (good for 354 days) so I am already working under the supervision of an RN.
    But, If I should fail the NCLEX, my temporary permit is null and void and I will be a nursing assistant again! (scary!)

    Good Luck to you!

  5. by   LoriB
    Ooh that is scary. You'll be fine. Thanks for the input. If I want the option of working in NJ and PA do I have to take two NCLEX exams? How does that work?
  6. by   Gator,SN
    As far as I know, you take the NCLEX in your primary state and once you have your license, you can apply for reciprocity (sp?) which is a license in the other state. I'm not sure how much it costs. (you don't have to take the NCLEX in that state once licensed.)

  7. by   LoriB
    Excellent. Thanks.