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NUR 4510: Transition to Professional Nursing Practice: Day of the Exam and After

The Day of your NCLEX

The day is approaching: don't be scared. Be informed!

Click here for the NCSBN's step-by-step webpage to walk you through what to expect on your NCLEX exam day.

  • Bring an acceptable form of ID
  • Know the rules
  • Dress Comfortably
  • Arrive 30 minutes early at minimum!
  • Provide your biometrics: signature, photograph and palm vein scan
  • Receive materials
  • Set your pace (you have 6 hours, so you do not need to rush!)


Unofficial and Official Results

1) If your board of nursing participates in the Quick Results Service, you can receive your “unofficial” results 48 business hours after the exam. This service is available for $7.95 on the Pearson VUE NCLEX Candidate website.

2) Another way to check on unofficial results is going to Continental Testing 24 hours after the exam and selecting:

  • Click on "Examination"
  • Click on "View Examinations & results"
  • Enter the 4 last digits of your social security number, last name, birth date, choose IDFPR, and Registered Professional Nurse
  • The exam results will be listed pass/fail

Official results are ONLY available through your board of nursing/regulatory body (BON/RB) and will be sent to you approximately six weeks after the exam. Do NOT call NCSBN, Pearson VUE NCLEX Candidate Services or the test center for results.

WHEN YOU PASS, LET US KNOW! Email Vickie Thornley so the university can track this for accreditation, but also celebrate with you!

AFTER PASSING: After you pass the NCLEX, you will need to register your license with the State of Illinois!

A few days after your unofficial scores are available, Continental Testing will send you a letter in the mail confirming your scores. You need to fill out the bottom half of the sheet and mail it to the state with a $50 check. Be sure to include your most updated email (don't forget that your Oak Point email expires 6 months after graduation!). You will be sent your license electronically!

Go here for more in-depth information about registering your license with the State of Illinois. 

The $50.00 check or money order  needs to be sent to: (Note: the fee is $75 if you need a temporary permit!) 


320 W. Washington St. 3rd floor

Springfield, IL 62786

**Note: There is no letter or notice of confirmation! I would suggest you use mail tracking to ensure your check arrives safely. 

You can also call their number at: 1-888-473-4858 for more help.


Retaking the NCLEX

For Those Who Do Not Pass

If you didn't pass the exam, you'll receive a NCLEX Candidate Performance Report (CPR). The CPR is an individualized document that shows how a candidate performed in each of the test plan content areas. Candidates who fail the exam can use the CPR as a guide to prepare them to retake the exam.


Do the following if choosing to retake the NCLEX:

  • Contact your BON/RB and notify them that you plan to retake the exam. Determine what fees or materials you need to submit to the BON/RB. 
  • Reregister with Pearson VUE and pay the fee
  • Wait to receive your new ATT. 
  • Schedule your new exam. 
  • Per NCSBN policy, you’ll need to wait a minimum of 45 days between each exam. This length of time is determined by the BON/RB and will be reflected in the new ATT’s validity dates.

Superman Pose: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

When you take care of your body, you take care of your mind. 

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how "power posing" -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. (Note: Some of the findings presented in this talk have been referenced in an ongoing debate among social scientists about robustness and reproducibility.)