What is the NCLEX PN Test?

The National Council Licensure Examination is of two types, National Council Licensure Examination – Practical Nurse (NCLEX PN) and the National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurse (NCLEX RN). Here we shall discuss the NCLEX PN test.

This examination is developed and owned by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN) which conducts these tests on the bequest of its member boards which is further made up boards of nursing in 50 states and also from four US territories and District Columbia.

These tests are meant to test the skills, knowledge and abilities for people to practice nursing in an efficient, safe and professional manner from the entry level in the US. These exams stress on the understanding of concepts, rather than memorization, as the same approach would have to be applied once the person begins to practice.

Eligibility and Qualification

Given below are the eligibility and qualification requirements for the NCLEX PN exam:

  • Nurses need to have a high school diploma or a GED equivalent as a part of the preparation for nursing school.
  • The student should have taken science as a main subject with chemistry, biology, anatomy and physics included in the curriculum.
  • A few of the nursing programs will call for submission of scores from COMPASS.


  • The person who writes the exam should be fluent in English.
  • The candidate should read the “Candidate Bulletin” before registering and writing the exam. This is available online or can be availed from nearby NCLEX centers.
  • The candidate should have a high school diploma with science and anatomy.

Preparation before the exam day

  • If you have studied the NCLEX study guide thoroughly, then the important thing to do is relax.
  • A minimum level of competency is all that is required for the NCLEX PN test.
  • Top marks may be welcome, but are not essential to pass the NCLEX PN test.
  • Preparation begins with the sending of the application to the board of licensure.
  • It is then important for scheduling with the Chauncey Group for the test. This will be followed by your being sent the “Authorization to Test” (ATT).
  • Once you have received your ATT, then you need to collect all the documents required to be submitted at the test centre and keep them ready for the big day.

Preparation on the test day

  • Leave earlier than required, giving yourself enough time for unexpected delays such as traffic and vehicle breakdowns.
  • If you are newly married and have changed your name, then you would do well to bring your marriage license. This is not required but may save time for you in the way of unnecessary questions that might be asked.
  • Do not dye your hair prior to the exam as the color of your hair should match with the one on the photograph which you have submitted.
  • You will need to submit at least 2 forms of identification at the test center just before being allowed into the examination hall.


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