Depending on your level of education, you can either take the NCLEX-PN® (practical nurse) or the NCLEX-RN® (registered nurse) examination. Those who obtain a diploma in licensed practical nursing or licensed vocational nursing can take the NCLEX-PN® exam. Those who have completed an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) can take the NCLEX-RN® exam.
NCLEX® Exam FAQs
NO. Only those who obtain a diploma in licensed practical nursing or licensed vocational nursing can take the NCLEX-PN® exam. Those who have completed an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) can take the NCLEX-RN® exam.
You have up to four hours to complete the RN and PN exams. Total exam time includes a short tutorial, two optional breaks, and any unscheduled breaks you may take. The first optional break is offered after two hours of testing
In the past, NCLEX® questions were multiple choice. Now, 90% of the questions continue to be multiple choice. Questions come in three levels. Level 1: General knowledge, typically as multiple choice. Level 2: Analysis and application, which may or may not be multiple choice. Level 3: Require you to apply facts, processes and rules in answer them. These questions are open questions. About 90% of the exam is made up of level 2 and 3 questions.
According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, in 2017, the first-attempt NCLEX® pass rate for U.S.-educated nursing students was 87%. The second-attempt pass rate for domestically-educated students taking the test was 45.56%. These results show it’s a difficult test for many.
To take the NCLEX® exam, you must first ask your state board of nursing to be licensed. If they believe you have the necessary skills to become a nurse in the state, they will put you forward for the NCLEX® examination. To confirm your place, you will receive the Authorization to Take the Test (ATT) letter.
In 2020, the cost of an NCLEX® exam is $200.