What is the NCLEX RN Test?

The National Council Licensure Examination is of 2 different categories, National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurse (NCLEX RN) and the National Council Licensure Examination – Practical Nurse (NCLEX PN). In this article, we shall study the NCLEX RN test.

Eligibility and Qualification

The test is developed and run by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Inc. (NCSBN). This council conducts tests on the recommendation of its member boards which have their affiliation to various nursing boards in 50 states, four US territories and District Columbia.

The purpose of these tests is to test the knowledge, abilities and skills of potential nurses who will ultimately be required to practice in a safe, efficient and professional way in the US from the entry level onwards. The unique factor of these exams is that they focus on the candidates grasp on concepts, instead of stressing on memorization.


  • The candidates who are going to take the NCLEX RN exam should have attended a registered nursing program.
  • One of the requirements are a diploma to be earned, a bachelor’s degree or associates degree.
  • Such diplomas can be earned though hospital programs of which about 100 programs exist in the US today.
  • These programs usually are for 2 to 3 years.
  • Associate degrees in nursing can be availed of through vocational and technical schools and community colleges and take two years to complete and should necessarily include clinical experience under the guidance of a licensed registered nurse.
  • Bachelor degrees can be earned at an accredited university or college and are for a duration of 4 years.

Preparation before the exam day

  • It is important to thoroughly study the NCLEX study guide in preparation for the exam. However, there are some other general things to do in preparation of the exam:
  • A minimimum level of competency is needed to pass the NCLEX exam. Getting extremely high scores is not a criterion.
  • The beginning of the preparation is to send your application to the board of licensure.
  • Now you have to schedule with the Chancey Group, after which you will receive the Authorization to Test, ATT.
  • On receiving the ATT, all documents which need to be submitted on the exam day should be collected and kept in a safe place.

Preparation on the test

  • Give yourself ample time to reach the test center allowing for delays due to vehicle breakdown or heavy traffic.
  • If you have changed your name recently due to marriage, it is a good idea to carry your marriage certificate with you as you wouldn’t want to be delayed by unnecessary questions.
  • Avoid dyeing your hair just before the exam, as it will be required that the color of your hair should match that in your photograph which you will submit.

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