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Application Process

Plan ahead—it takes considerable time and effort to properly complete the application form. If the forms are not completed to the required specifications, they could be returned, which slows down the process. Take your time to avoid making common (and costly) mistakes on your application.

Guidelines for a smooth process:

Apply early. Increase your chances of receiving the exam location and date of your choice by applying early.

Obtain an application form directly from the examining agency or apply online. Before you start the application, contact the examining agency to ensure that you have enough time to complete and submit the application. Most exams have a deadline for accepting applications—usually a minimum of six weeks prior to the exam date.

Read the entire application prior to completing or submitting it. Applications usually specify whether any additional information is required and how to thoroughly complete the forms. Don't leave sections of the application unanswered! Be sure to contact the testing agency if you have questions about the application form. If you apply online, be sure to print the application or save a PDF for future reference.
Spend some quality time with your application. Block out time in your schedule to thoroughly read and complete the application for your exam. You are less likely to omit information or make mistakes without distractions.

Submit the required supporting documents. You may be asked to provide supporting documents for your exam application, such as photographs, proof of graduation and proof of malpractice insurance. Failure to submit all of the required documents may delay the processing time needed for your application. If your exam requires separate malpractice insurance, it can take six weeks to issue a proof of insurance.

Call if you have questions. Call your examining agency with any questions while you are completing the application. Don't assume anything!

Carefully review the cancellation policy. Most exams require applicants to forfeit part or the entire exam fee if the candidate cancels his or her exam. .

Tip: If you move during the application process, it's important to notify the testing agency immediately. They may require the change in writing or ask you to complete a form. . It's crucial that your identification is clear on test day so be sure to follow all the directions provided.

With some planning, effort and time, you can eliminate the possibility of making mistakes on your clinical licensure exam application and ensure that the process is a smooth one.