If I fail the NCLEX, when can I take it again?

Candidates must wait a minimum of 45 or 90 days between each examination. This length of time is determined by the board of nursing and will be reflected in the new ATT’s validity dates.

Please Note – If you missed an exam appointment or your ATT expired, you do NOT have to wait the 45 or 90 day period before you can retest. Questions regarding testing limits, resubmitting materials, background checks, or licensing fees should be directed to your board of nursing.

Links to all boards of nursing websites and contact information are available on the Contact a Board of Nursing page.

To retake the NCLEX examination:

  • Contact your board of nursing and notify them that you plan to re-take the exam. Determine what materials or fees you need to resubmit to the board.
  • Reregister with Pearson VUE and pay the $200 dollar fee.
  • Once the board makes you eligible you will receive a new Authorization to Test (ATT) and be able to schedule an exam date.

For more information on taking the NCLEX again, visit the Retake Policy page.

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