What is NCLEX-RN?
The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is a national exam all nursing students must pass in order to become licensed registered nurses in the United States. Internationally educated nurses must pass the NCLEX-RN exam in order to work in the U.S.
FAQs for International Nurses
Yes. Every internationally educated registered nurse must pass the NCLEX-RN to be eligible to work as a nurse in the United States. If you haven’t taken the NCLEX-RN, we are here to help! Learn more about Connetics' NCLEX Scholarship!
Each Nursing Regulatory Body (NRB) has its own eligibility requirements to take the NCLEX. NCSBN does not maintain a list of requirements for each NRB. Contact the NRB where you are seeking licensure/registration for their requirements (applicable only to NRBs of the U.S., Canada and Australia).
The NCLEX-RN is a computerized selective exam. Questions are asked based on how you answered the previous question. These questions are based on the difficulty of the previous questions, NOT on how many questions you answer correctly. It is a pass/fail exam. The NCLEX test will stop when you can answer half of the questions correctly.
For example, let’s assume you have reached the minimum of 75 questions; two things can happen. The test will end and let you know if you are above the passing standard (pass) or below the passing standard (fail). If your knowledge level is close enough to the passing standard, the computer continues to ask you questions. At some point (depending on your level of questions) the computer will determine if your level is above the passing standard. If it is, you pass.
The examination can be anywhere from 75 to 145 items. The time limit to take the exam is five hours, regardless of the number of items on the test.
There are no set test dates for the NCLEX. You can apply and register anytime. Once you register, you can schedule your NCLEX for a date that is suitable for you! Foreign educated nurses generally have to schedule their NCLEX within 90 days of their application’s approval.
Take the NCLEX Exam All Over the Globe
Since internationally educated nurses need to pass NCLEX before applying for a position in the U.S.A, the exam is offered at testing centers all over the globe!
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