Retaking the NCLEX-RN®

This section is for you if you are a Canadian graduate or Internationally Educated Nurse, who is applying to re-write the NCLEX®-RN.

March 18, 2020—With the spread of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan and across Canada, topped with the recommendations from the provincial and federal governments, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) will be suspending all test deliveries at the U.S.-and-Canada based Pearson VUE test centers, the NCLEX test administrator, until April 16, 2020. NCSBN has published this FAQ for NCLEX candidates, educators and regulators.


What happens if I need to retake the NCLEX-RN?

If you did not pass your exam, you will need to re-apply to SRNA and then Pearson VUE. You must wait 45 days from your last exam before you can re-test. You can apply prior to the 45 days but your Authorization to Test (ATT)will not begin until day 46.

It is important that you reflect on your previous examination(s) to determine why you were not successful. Use the NCLEX®-RN Candidate Report that was provided to you to determine your areas of strength and areas for growth. The development of a study plan may help you focus on areas that you may have knowledge gaps or areas you need to review.

NCLEX-RN® Re-Testing Process:

  1. Re-apply for the NCLEX®-RN with the SRNA.
  2. When you are ready to rewrite the NCLEX®-RN, re-apply with Pearson VUE.
  3. Once your registration has been verified by the SRNA, Pearson VUE sends an Authorization to Test (ATT) through email. The ATT will specify the 90-day period in which the exam must be scheduled within. If an applicant does not write the exam within the 90-day period, the NCLEX®-RN application will be cancelled and the fee with Pearson VUE is non-refundable.
  4. You can now book your exam date. Once your exam is booked, you will receive a confirmation email from Pearson VUE regarding your scheduled exam.

To facilitate success on the next writing of the NCLEX, remedial education is offered by the University of Regina. For questions or further information please contact nursing@uregina.ca or call 306-337-3300 (1-855-830-3300)

Regulations and entry requirements are subject to bylaw and policy changes.

If you have questions, contact exams@srna.org.

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