Didn’t Get Desired NCLEX-RN Test Location. Now what?

Well, you have successfully completed your registered nurse training and sent in all the required documents to be approved for the NCLEX-RN. You are studying hard to prepare yourself for your exam and now you need to schedule your test.

Once you receive you receive your testing confirmation from Pearson Vue, you are ready to schedule your NCLEX-RN exam. You will schedule online and choose the location you prefer. While many prefer to go to the closest location, others may decide to go to a different location if the preferred date or time is available. This is a personal choice that you will need to make based on what is most important to you, which will allow you to remain calm and focused on passing the NCLEX-RN. But what happens if you don’t get your desired location?

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Desired NCLEX-RN Test Location Unavailable

So, you scheduled your exam, but you were not able to secure a spot at your desired location. What should you do next? First, take a deep breath and relax. There are a few things that you can do to decrease your anxiety. You can check each day to see if a position opens at your desired testing location; since some students will decide to postpone their exams, slots may open up. This requires patience and persistence, so try and dedicate a few minutes each day to check open opportunities. To help you remember to complete this task each day, do it at the same time each day and set your phone to remind you. Hopefully, you will get an opportunity to test at your desired location that will meet any testing accommodations required.

If you still have not been able to successfully change the location of your exam, you need to prepare yourself to go to a different location. Take a test drive to the testing site around the same time your test is scheduled, scope out the available parking, and identify any potential issues. If you are not driving, learn about other options, such as public transportation or cab fares. Plan to give yourself extra time so that you can arrive early and have a few moments to just relax.

Delay Test Shortly

If you are extremely stressed out about having to take your test at a different location, and you believe that this will have a negative impact on your success, you may consider scheduling your exam at a slightly later date. Review the upcoming schedule at your desired location, and see how much of a delay you will be faced with. If you are considering current potential job offers, will this delay impact your ability to apply and complete the interviewing process? At this point, you must weigh the various options and decide which way you will most likely succeed, both on your NCLEX-RN and on securing your first nursing position.

Whichever choice you make, just try and prepare yourself as best as you can. Being prepared will decrease your stress and allow you to stay focused on succeeding on your NCLEX-RN. Good Luck – I know you have worked hard and success is within your grasp.