It's exam day. You have done so many exams
and practice questions to get to this
point, and the irony?
This test day will look completely different
than any other test day you have ever had
before. Because it would not be a board exam
if they didn't try to make it super
So, intimidating is what this day will look
The NCLEX is administered not at your
school, like all of your other exams, but
instead at an External Link Pearson
Professional Testing Center.
This is so that they can have everything
really monitored in a facility and
photographed and they have cameras.
And it really helps make sure that this test
is standard and that nobody
cheats. Major tip when it comes to the
Drive to it a day or two beforehand.
I promise you, you do not want to be getting
lost on your way to the NCLEX.
Again, something I did so that you do not
Drive to it before and leave early the day of
because you do not want to be stressing
about being late.
Or both. It was not fun.
When you show up at the testing facility,
you will need to provide your ID
and your hand.
Quite literally, they will use a palm vein
to verify who you are.
It truly is the future.
And while you can bring other things into
the building with you, any items other than
yourself will need to be locked into a
locker before going into the actual exam
room. Most facilities will not let you wear
hats, scarves, heavy coats or gloves or
anything like that, but they do seem to
allow sweaters and sweatshirts.
So that's important because I want you to
dress in a way that makes you feel
comfortable, confident, and that also
I found that these buildings are usually
quite air conditioned, so close toed
shoes and like a sweater or a sweatshirt
The actual room that you go into for this
exam is kind of picture like a
large room with a bunch of rows of computers
and, like, dividers between the
computers. You will be given a dry erase
board or one sheet of paper, depending on
your testing site, and they will let you
know about, like, breaks and such that you
can take during the exam.
It is not a cozy environment.
But you're usually, like, way too nervous to
At least I was. And it was oddly comforting
seeing all the other people there for
their own various exams looking just as
terrified as me.
When the exam is actually done, you will not
results right away.
That would be far too satisfying.
Instead, you will feel like you definitely
failed and will wander out of the building
with no sense of accomplishment since you
have no closure to this entire event.
Very, very fun. But all hope is not lost, my
Some states allow you to bribe the Pearson
Vue to gain unofficial
results like two days after the exam.
And even if you don't bribe them, most
people usually get their results within a
few business days.
Official results are only available through
your state's nursing board, and they
should eventually send you a license in the
If you don't get it, you should really ask
Don't be me and assume that you don't need
It's hard to get much later.
Again, trust me on that.
But what if you don't pass the NCLEX?
Let's talk about that.