Applying for NCLEX and taking it is the first step a nursing student should do to become a nurse in the United States of America. It is one most difficult but most fulfilling achievement if you passed it. These are some questions mostly asked by aspiring takers:
1. Am I qualified to take the examination?
There must be an authorization requirement upon applying for NCLEX . This authorization is known as ATT or the. (Authorization to Take the Test) . This is a kind of letter which comes from the Nursing Regulatory Body (NRB) of the the state. The applicant must submit an application letter to the NRB informing them your intention for taking the NCLEX. The NRB will review your application. If they find you qualified they will send you the ATT via email. The ATT will expire in 90 days, meaning you must take the test within that period if not, you will apply again. Remember, passing the NCLEX is the only way to become a registered nurse in the United States of America.
2. Are you ready to take the examination ?
It is an advantage to review before applying for the ATT if you really have the plan to take the examination so you have more time for the review. But it is also fine to review upon approval of the ATT because you already have the assurance that you can take the examination. Since you are the one’s to choose when you will take the test within the period of 90 days then you most probably can estimate your period of review.
In my case, after receiving my eligibility and the ATT, I gave myself three(3) months to review or prepare myself for the exam. I immediately schedule my exam using the pearsonvue website.
It takes hardwork, patience, determination, perseverance and the strong motivation of the self that you really want to get to the U. S.
3. Where are you taking the examination?
There are testing centers in your country of origin like the Philippines and the Saudi Arabia. You can check their schedule of examination when you login online using the peasonvue website. You have to make sure to have your debit/credit card ready to pay your exam online. In my case I took the exam.in California where I am a residence of the state.
4. Do you know what types of questions are given in the NCLEX examination?
Examination questions given in NCLEX is not the common question you usually encounter in a regular examinations in classes or even the board examinations given in your localities. Questions in NCLEX includes three(3) types: a) Multiple choice, which contains general informations b) Analysis and Application questions which include tables, charts, and graphic images. c) Facts, Process and Rules for students to answer in the form of an open-ended questions which most questions fall in this type, and d) Select all the Apply. Therefore, you should get yourself familiar with this type during your review.
5. What different kinds of learning materials or resources should you have?
In this question, you have to know what books, materials, and study tools you’re planning to use in studying. In my case, I joined a nursing forum with nurses who are also studying for the Exam. We exchange nursing materials through emails, and it saves me a lot of money. I also made trips to our local library.
Remember that it is important to have review nursing books , tools or materials which contains an up to date informations about nursing. This is to assure that you are well informed of the latest trend in the nursing world.
But if you plan to take review classes, make sure to know the review center policy just in case you have to miss class in case of emergency and their refund policy as well.
There are testing centers in your country of origin like the Philippines and the Saudi Arabia. You can check their schedule of examination when you login online using the Peasonvue website. You have to make sure to have your debit/credit card ready to pay your exam online.
In my case I took the exam.in California where I am a residence of the state.