Requesting Testing Accommodations
If you have been receiving accommodations through out your training in nursing school then you will need to apply for testing accommodations for the NCLEX-RN exam. Examples of accommodations are longer testing time, a reader, separate testing location, frequent breaks or timing or scheduling exam at a specific time of the day. The testing center must still follow their rules, so your request must be within their guidelines. For example, if you are a diabetic, you can place your insulin, snacks or emergency medications in a locker and take more frequent breaks, but you will not be permitted to bring these items into the testing area as for that is against their policy.
The first step is to contact your State Board of Nursing to request information regarding the requirements for receiving testing accommodations. You should apply early for the accommodation and be prepared to provide documentation from your licensed physician and from your current nursing program director. The documentation will need to be current and state the diagnosis clearly and specify the exact accommodations that are required for the candidate to have a fair opportunity to complete the test successfully. Remember that you still need to apply to Pearson Vue to take the exam, the process for applying for the NCLEX-RN exam is the same for all candidates.
Scheduling NCLEX-RN Exam
Once you have received written confirmation of your accommodations and your authorization to test (ATT), then you can schedule your exam. Candidates that require accommodations can not book their exam online, but instead must call the Pearson Vue NCLEX Candidate Services telephone number listed on their ATT and ask for the NCLEX Accommodations Coordinator. Once an accommodation has been granted, the candidate cannot decline the offer. For example if you are granted additional time you cannot refuse this when scheduling your exam. You may question why someone would try and refuse their approved accommodation…well if you need a longer testing block your options of available time slots may be limited slightly. The testing center will work with you to meet your needs to the best of their ability. Accepting an accommodation that is required will aid in your success. Once you have scheduled your exam, stay focused on studying.