The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is a test for the licensing of nurses in the United States. There are two types: the NCLEX-RN (for registered nurses) and the NCLEX-PN (for practical or vocational nurses). In order to become a licensed, entry-level nurse, candidates must pass the NCLEX, which is developed and administered as a joint effort by the following groups:
- NCLEX examination committee
- NCLEX Item Review Subcommittee
- National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Examinations Staff
- Pearson Test Services VUE
The NCLEX is a multiple choice, computerized adaptive testing exam, which means that the exam changes depending upon the answers the examinee gives. If a wrong answer is given, then the computer selects an easier problem. If a correct answer is given, then a more difficult question follows. The more difficult questions are worth more points.
The exam is five hours long, including a 15-minute tutorial at the beginning of the test and two ten-minute breaks. RN candidates will answer between 75-265 questions, while LPN candidate will be expected to answer between 85-205 questions.
To register for the NCLEX, you must submit an application for licensure to the board of nursing where you wish to be licensed, meet all of the board of nursing’s eligibility requirements to take the NCLEX, receive Authorization to Take Tests (ATTs) from your board of nursing, and pay for the NCLEX examination with Pearson VUE.
The test is administered by Pearson VUE and it can be taken on a wide variety of dates, year-round.
Once the state board certifies the examinee’s eligibility, it will send instructions and a list of test centers.
For additional information on the NCLEX,
- Visit the Pearson website,
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
- Call 866-496-2539 (in the US), or
NCLEX Examination Program
Pearson Professional Testing
5601 Green Valley Drive
Bloomington, MN 55437-1099.
All other countries can find further contact information on the NCSBN site.