NCLEX-RN Exam

As part of the process to become licensed as an RN in Nova Scotia, you must successfully complete the NCLEX-RN Exam. The NCLEX-RN 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.

How to Apply

You must apply and pay fees to NSCN and Pearson VUE before being eligible to take the exam.

  1. Apply to NSCN
  2. Register with  Pearson Vue or by telephone at 1.866.496.2539 . You will not be given an exam date by Pearson Vue until we provide confirmation to Pearson Vue that you have completed your nursing program.

We encourage you to apply to write the NCLEX-RN exam through the regulatory body in the jurisdiction where you completed your nursing education program. Why? We require you to complete additional steps if you take the exam through us, which may lengthen your registration and licensure process.

Apply to The Regulatory Body Where You Completed Your Program

If you apply to write the NCLEX-RN through the regulatory body where you completed your nursing program, they will receive your exam results. You must do the following:

  1. Apply to write the NCLEX-RN exam through the regulatory body in the province or territory where you completed your nursing program
    1. 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
  2. Register in that jurisdiction. You are not required to hold a practising licence in that jurisdiction, you only need to be on their register)
  3. Request that the regulatory body send us official verification of your registration

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

  1. Complete the online exam application on our RN & NP New Applicant Portal.
  2. Submit the Confirmation of Program Completion for New Graduates from Out of Province Form that must be completed by your school of nursing.
  3. You will be eligible to write the NCLEX-RN exam. We will share your exam results with you when we receive them. 
  4. Submit a request that we send an official verification notifying the regulatory body in the jurisdiction where you completed your nursing program that you passed the NCLEX-RN Exam
  5. Register with the regulatory body in the jurisdiction where you completed your nursing program
  6. Request that the regulatory body send us official verification of your registration in that jurisdiction 

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 Exam once you have been deemed eligible. We will contact you when you are eligible to apply for the exam. 

Frequently-Asked-Questions

Knowing that exam preparation can be stress, we have made every attempt to make 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 (NCSBN) NCLEX Examination Candidate Bulletin. This bulletin will guide you through all aspects of taking the exam and we strongly recommend that you review the bulletin prior to taking the exam. Other NCLEX-RN exam resources include:

We do not endorse any preparatory resources outside of what NCSBN provides. For more information on the NCLEX-RN Exam, please visit the NCSBN website.

As an educator who plays an important role in preparing student for the NCLEX-RN Exam, there are specialized resources for you in your role. These resources include:

We do not endorse any preparatory resources outside of what NCSBN provides. For more information on the NCLEX-RN Exam, please visit the NCSBN website.

Employers, the public and other stakeholders also have an interest in the exam performance of new graduates. Resources for stakeholders include: 

We do not endorse any preparatory resources outside of what NCSBN provides. For more information on the NCLEX-RN Exam, please visit the NCSBN website.

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 Pearson VUE permanent testing location such as the one located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. You are responsible for submitting a written request to us before you apply to take the exam. Please reach out to Cathy Rose, NSCN Policy Consultant at cathy.rose@nscn.ca to request an exam accommodation.

There are a number of organizations involved in this process so it can be 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 who should answer any of your questions.  

If you have any questions about registration or licensure in Nova Scotia, email us directly at registration@nscn.ca.  

WHO TO CONTACT: Pearson VUE NCSBN NSCN
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 centre  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 

Registration Services (NSCN)

Pearson VUE NCLEX Candidate Services

NCLEX Contact at NCSBN

Once you apply to us and register with Pearson Vue, you can schedule your appointment online or by telephone.

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

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

Pearson Professional Centres-Halifax (ClaytonPk) NS
287 Lacewood Dr
Suite 201
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3M 3Y7
Canada

Temporary Testing Centre in Sydney Nova Scotia

If you’ve already passed the NCLEX-RN Exam, you are not required to re-take the exam.

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 only available to us. Exam results will be released to candidates within 2 weeks of their exam test date.

If you are successful on the exam, you are sent the following by email:

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

If you are not successful on the exam, you are sent the following by email:

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

There is no limit to the number of times you can write this exam. However, if you have previously passed the NCLEX or another registration exam accepted by NSCN, you are not permitted to write the NCLEX through us.

If you have any questions, reach out to us at registration@nscn.ca. We will respond within five business days. 

Please be advised that registration requirements and fees are subject to change. All registration and licensure fees are non-refundable. Click here to learn more about fees and payment options