The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
NCLEX is the examination used by all state boards of nursing. Graduates of nursing programs take the examination to become licensed as entry level RNs or LPNs. Browse the links on this page for more information about taking the test.
Scheduling your NCLEX Exam
Pearson VUE administers the RN and LPN NCLEX examination for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). These two examinations are used to test entry-level nursing competence of candidates for licensure as RNs and LPNs. Licensure candidates can visit pearsonvue.com/nclex to register for the NCLEX and obtain detailed instructions. A candidate may also register for the NCLEX by contacting Pearson VUE at 1-866-496-2539.
For information about scheduling appointments, see below:
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Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) Explained
The NCLEX is administered using computerized adaptive testing (CAT). CAT is a type of assessment that merges computer technology with modern measurement theory to increase the efficiency of the exam process. Click the link below for more information.
Discover the NCLEX Webinar Series
NCSBN’s Examinations Department has developed a valuable resource for the public, nurse educators and candidates.
Subscribe to NCLEX Program Reports
NCLEX Program Reports help program educators and administrators understand how their nursing students performed on the NCLEX examination. Some subscribers use the NCLEX Program Reports to track program growth, while others reform curriculum or modify instructional methodology to address relative weaknesses of their nursing program. Learn more by clicking the links below.
Next Generation NCLEX (NGN)
Learn about Next Generation NCLEX (NGN).
Pearson VUE administers the RN and PN NCLEX examination for NCSBN. These two examinations are used to test entry-level nursing competence for RN and LPN licensure. Licensure candidates should visit www.pearsonvue.com/nclex to register for the NCLEX and obtain detailed instructions. A candidate may also register for the NCLEX® by contacting Pearson VUE at 1-866-496-2539.
NCLEX Pass Rates of Nursing Education Programs
Each year, the Board reviews the NCLEX pass rates of nursing education programs to determine the number and percentage of first time candidates who pass. The information is provided below.