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NCLEX-RN Exam

Effective January 2015, the NCLEX-RN® Exam is the entry-level exam in Nova Scotia and applicants must successfully complete the NCLEX-RN® Exam as part of your initial registration with us.

This exam is a modern, state of the art entry-to-practice exam in that it uses computer adaptive testing to tailor questions to the exam taker as a way to better measure entry-level nursing competencies. The video below provides more details on computer adaptive testing.

Exam Resources

As an applicant, exam preparation is often a stressful process and in knowing that, we’ve made the exam registration process as simple as possible with supports and resources provided to you along the way.

One of the most important resources for applicants is the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s NCLEX Examination Candidate Bulletin. This bulletin will guide you through all aspects of taking the exam and we strongly recommend that all exam candidates review the bulletin prior to taking the exam.

The NCLEX-RN Test Plan is available and will be effective April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2019. The NCLEX Exam Candidate Bulletin and the NCLEX Information Flyer is also available and all three resources can be found in the “Helpful Resources” column to the right.

Other important exam resources are found to the right under “Helpful Resources” and below under the 10th and 11th questions titled, “I am a new graduate. Where can I find more exam resources” and “I am a nurse educator. where can I find more exam resources.”  

 


How do I apply for Test Accommodation?

If you believe the administration of the NCLEX-RN® Exam discriminates against you on the grounds prohibited by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act, you may request in writing that you be provided accommodation to eliminate or reduce the effects of the prohibited discrimination during the exam.

If you have applied to take the exam and your testing accommodation is approved by us, you must take the exam at the Pearson VUE permanent testing location in Halifax, Nova Scotia. You are responsible for submitting a written request to us either before or on the date that you apply to take the exam with us . Email us to request an exam accommodation.

I am a New Nova Scotia Educated Graduate. How do I apply to take the exam?

You must apply and pay fees to two separate organizations, CRNNS and Pearson VUE, before being eligible to take the exam.

STEP 1: APPLY TO CRNNS
First, apply to us.

STEP 2: APPLY TO PEARSON VUE
Second, register with Pearson Vue online or by telephone at 1.866.496.2539 . You will not be given an exam date by Pearson Vue until Pearson Vue receives confirmation from CRNNS that you have completed your nursing program.

I am a New Out-Of-Province Canadian Educated Graduate. How do I apply to write the exam?

We encourage you to apply to write the NCLEX-RN exam through the regulatory body where you have completed your nursing education program. Why? Based on our Nova Scotia RN Regulations, we require you to complete additional steps, which may lengthen your registration and licensure process, if you apply to write the NCLEX-RN exam with us as opposed to applying to the regulatory body where you completed your nursing education program.

STEP 1: APPLY TO THE REGULATORY BODY

If you apply to write the NCLEX-RN through the regulatory body where you completed your nursing education program, the application steps include:

  1. Apply to write the NCLEX-RN exam through the regulatory body in the jurisdiction where you completed your nursing education program
  2. IMPORTANT: If you wish, you can choose to sit for the exam in Nova Scotia. Simply choose Nova Scotia as your exam location when you apply to Pearson-VUE
  3. The regulatory body in the jurisdiction where you completed your nursing education will receive your exam results
  4. You must register in that jurisdiction. (You are not required to hold an active-practising licence there; you only need to be on their Register)
  5. You must request that official verification of your registration be sent to CRNNS
  6. You will be registered with CRNNS provided you meet all other registration requirements

If you apply to write the exam with CRNNS, there are additional steps to complete within the application process:

  1. Complete the online exam application on our Initial Application Portal.
  2. You must have this form, Confirmation of Program Completion for New Graduates from Out of Province (link) completed by your School of Nursing.
  3. CRNNS will make you eligible to write the NCLEX-RN exam
  4. CRNNS will receive your exam results and communicate them to you
  5. You must request from CRNNS that an official verification that you have passed the NCLEX-RN exam be sent to the regulatory body in the jurisdiction where you completed your nursing education program
  6. You must register with the regulatory body in the jurisdiction where you completed your nursing education program
  7. You must request that official verification of your registration in that jurisdiction be sent to CRNNS
  8. You will be registered with CRNNS provided you meet all other registration requirements

If you apply to write the exam through us at CRNNS, please check the Initial Application Portal for updates related to your application progress.

STEP 2: APPLY TO PEARSON VUE

Second, apply with Pearson Vue online or by telephone at 1.866.496.2539 . You will not be given an exam date by Pearson Vue until Pearson Vue receives confirmation from CRNNS that you are eligible to write the NCLEX-RN.

I am an Internationally Educated Nurse. How do I apply to take the exam?

If you have completed your nursing program outside of Canada and have never registered in another Canadian jurisdiction, you can apply to take the NCLEX-RN® once you have been deemed eligible. You’ll be contacted by us when this happens.

How do I know when I should contact the CRNNS, NCSBN or Pearson VUE?

There are a number of organizations involved in the process of NCLEX testing and licensure/registration so it can get confusing as to who can answer questions on a particular topic. To alleviate confusion and clarify the roles of each organization in the process, we have created a chart which outlines where you should direct your questions.

Just to clarify, candidates that have questions regarding licensure/registration in Nova Scotia should direct their questions to us here at CRNNS.

WHO TO CONTACT:

Pearson VUE NCSBN CRNNS
Registering to take the NCLEX  X
Lost Authorization to Test (ATT) email  X
Scheduling/rescheduling an exam appointment  X
Acceptable forms of identification  X
Comments about the test center X
Methods of payment  X
NCLEX development  X
Questions related to exam administration X
NCLEX eligibility X
Licensure X
Name or address change  X
Name corrections on ATT X
Endorsement X

Contact Information

Registration Services (CRNNS)

Pearson VUE NCLEX Candidate Services

NCLEX Contact at NCSBN

 

When can I take the exam?

Once you apply to us and register with Pearson Vue, you’ll be given an exam appointment by Pearson Vue. The flexibility of the exam allows you to write at any time after you complete our two initial exam registration steps listed above.

Where can I take the exam in Nova Scotia?

There are two locations to write the exam depending on the time of the year:

Permanent Test Center:
Pearson Professional Centre
6960 Mumford Road
Suite 220
Mumford Professional Centre
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3L 4P1

Temporary Test Center (May 24-July 1, 2017):
Hampton Inn Sydney
60 Maillard Street
Sydney, Nova Scotia B1S 3W3

Other Canadian testing locations

What if I have already passed the NCLEX-RN prior to 2015?

If you’ve already passed the NCLEX-RN® Exam between 1982 and the end of December, 2014, you are not required to re-take the exam. You may be eligible for registration and licensure provided you meet all other requirements.

How and when will I receive my exam results?

Although the exam is scored as you complete each item, no results are released at the test center. In fact, test center staff do not have access to the exam results.

Examination results are available only from us. At this time, we anticipate that exam results will be released to candidates within 2 weeks of their exam.
If you are successful on the exam, you are sent the following by email:

  1. NCLEX-RN results
  2. Instruction sheet on how to register and licence with CRNNS

If you are not successful on the exam, you are sent the following via registered mail:

  1. NCLEX-RN results
  2. Candidate Performance Report
  3. CRNNS letter informing you of your next step(s)

I'm a new graduate. Where can I find more exam resources?

There are many fantastic resources and supports to prepare you for the exam.

Exam Candidate Bulletin

The most integral resource for your exam preparation is the NCSBN’s Examination Candidate Bulletin. It provides you with all the information you need to prepare, including:

  • Registering for the Exam
  • Scheduling the Exam
  • What to Bring to the Test Site
  • Test Site Rules and Regulations
  • The Day of the Exam
  • NCLEX Content, Test Development and Test Plans
  • NCLEX Psychometrics
NCLEX-RN Test Plans

You are encouraged to review the NCLEX test plans before your exam appointment. The test plans serve as blue prints to outline the content to be tested and guide the item writing process.

NCLEX-RN Exam FAQ

Have an exam question? If so, it may be answered in the exam FAQs, along with information on exam development, content and administration.

Neither we nor the National Council State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), the administrator of the exam, endorse any preparatory materials outside of what NCSBN provides.

How many opportunities do I have to write the NCLEX-RN exam?

There is no limit to the number of times an applicant can write this exam. However if you have previously passed the NCLEX or another registration exam accepted by CRNNS, you are not permitted to re-write the NCLEX in NS.

I am a nursing educator. Where can I find more exam resources?

As a nursing educator, you have a stake in the exam and that’s why there are resources and involvement opportunities for you.

NCLEX-RN Test Plans

Candidates are encouraged to review the NCLEX test plans before their exam appointments. The test plans serve as blue prints to outline the content to be tested and guide the item writing process. A detailed test plan has also been produced for nurse educators.

NCLEX-RN Exam FAQ

Have an exam question? If so, it may be answered in the exam FAQ, along with information on exam development, content and administration.

NCLEX-RN Exam Webinar for Canadian Nursing Educators

The webinar provides an overview of the role of regulatory exams, why the NCLEX-RN® Exam was selected as the Canadian entry-to-practice exam, an introduction to the computerized adaptive testing and NCLEX-RN® Exam development and information on how students and edcators can prepare for the exam.

Neither we nor the National Council State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), the administrator of the exam, endorse any preparatory materials outside of what NCSBN provides.

In addition to passing the NCLEX-RN exam, are there other requirements I must meet to become registered and licensed with CRNNS?

Passing the NCLEX is only one of several registration and licensure requirements an applicant must meet before they can become registered and licenced. While not an exhaustive list, those requirements include:

  • Currency of competency meaning they must have:
    • graduated from a nursing program within the previous five years; OR
    • worked a specified number of practice hours; OR
    • completed additional assessments or education as required by CRNNS
  • Demonstration that the individual has the capacity, competence, capability and character to safely and ethically practice nursing; and
  • Completion of CRNNS’ Continuing Competence Program.

For a complete list of all registration and licensure requirements click here.

What can I do if my currency of competency expires before I pass the NCLEX-RN and become registered and licensed?

In this situation you can choose from three options:

  1. you can write the NCLEX-RN exam once you have re-established your currency of competency; or
  2. you continue to write the NCLEX-RN while you re-establish your currency of competency; or
  3. you can continue to write the NCLEX-RN and re-establish your currency of competency requirement after you pass the exam.

The three ways in which you can re-establish your currency of competency are:

  1. complete a nursing re-entry program; or
  2. complete a competence assessment and successfully complete any required bridging education up to and including a full nursing re-entry program; or
  3. be enrolled in and attending a post-RN nursing program or a masters or doctorate program in nursing.

If you have any questions about currency of competency, you can contact Registration Services at registration@crnns.ca.

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