NCLEX FAQs

The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been compiled to help candidates, nursing regulatory bodies and the general public better understand the development and administration of the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN. 

Important Notice:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and measures imposed by the federal, state and local governments, candidate testing has been interrupted.  NCSBN is working with Pearson VUE to reopen some test centers and allow for testing in critical healthcare fields to continue to support the high demand due to COVID-19.  Some changes will be made to our testing program to enable testing to resume.  Key changes are addressed in the FAQs.  To the extent that information elsewhere on the NCSBN website, including the Candidate Bulletin, may differ or be in conflict with the FAQs, the FAQs shall control.  We are working as quickly as possible to update the NCSBN website, Candidate Bulletin and other materials.  In the meantime, any questions may be directed to nclexinfo@ncsbn.org.

Taking the NCLEX

How the NCLEX Works

What the Exam Looks Like

Creating the NCLEX & Passing Standard

Preparing Students for the NCLEX

COVID-19 Impact to NCLEX Candidates