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: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NCSBN introduced several carefully evaluated and tested modifications to the NCLEX examinations. These modifications are set to expire on Sept. 30, 2020. Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, the updates detailed here will be made to both the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN examinations.

To the extent that information elsewhere on the NCSBN website may differ, the updates detailed here shall control. We are working as quickly as possible to update the NCSBN website and other materials. In the meantime, any questions may be directed to

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