Retaking the NCLEX-RN®

This section is for you if you are a Canadian graduate or Internationally Educated Nurse, who is applying to re-write the NCLEX®-RN.

What happens if I need to retake the NCLEX-RN?

If you did not pass your exam, you will need to re-apply to CRNS and then Pearson VUE. You must wait 45 days from your last exam before you can re-test. You can apply prior to the 45 days but your Authorization to Test (ATT)will not begin until day 46.

It is important that you reflect on your previous examination(s) to determine why you were not successful. Use the NCLEX®-RN Candidate Report that was provided to you to determine your areas of strength and areas for growth. The development of a study plan may help you focus on areas that you may have knowledge gaps or areas you need to review.

NCLEX-RN® Re-Testing Process:

  1. Re-apply for the NCLEX®-RN with the CRNS.
  2. When you are ready to rewrite the NCLEX®-RN, re-apply with Pearson VUE.
  3. Once your registration has been verified by the CRNS, Pearson VUE sends an Authorization to Test (ATT) through email. The ATT will specify the validity dates in which the exam must be scheduled within. If an applicant does not write the exam within the validity dates, the NCLEX®-RN application will be cancelled and the fee with Pearson VUE is non-refundable.
  4. You can now book your exam date. Once your exam is booked, you will receive a confirmation email from Pearson VUE regarding your scheduled exam.

Regulations and entry requirements are subject to bylaw and policy changes.

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