Authorization to Test
After the board of nursing declares a candidate eligible, they will receive an Authorization to Test (ATT). If a candidate chooses to provide an e-mail address, all correspondence from Pearson VUE will arrive ONLY by e-mail. If a candidate does not provide an e-mail address all correspondence will arrive ONLY through U.S. mail. A candidate must have their ATT to schedule an appointment to take the NCLEX examination and they must present their ATT at the test center on the day of their examination to be admitted to the examination. Candidates will not be admitted to the examination without their ATT's and will be required to re-register and re-pay to take the examination.
Call NCLEX Candidate Servicesto report a lost ATT or if it has been two weeks since the candidate registered and they have not yet received their ATT. The ATT contains the test authorization number, candidate identification number, and an expiration date. Each ATT is valid for a period of time specified by the state board of nursing (varies from 60 days to 365 days; however, the average is 90 days). Once the board of nursing declares a candidate eligible to test and the ATT is issued, a candidate must test within the validity dates of their ATT. These validity dates cannot be extended for reason.