The National Council of State Boards of Nursing developed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Every state board of nursing throughout the United States accepts the NCLEX exam to qualify applicants for licensure.


There are two types of NCLEX exams: the NCLEX-RN for those looking to become licensed as a registered nurse, and the NCLEX-PN for practical nurses.

Basic Requirements

All candidates must meet the requirements for obtaining a license in their state, have a valid form of identification and have a valid Authorization to Test before taking the NCLEX.


NCLEX candidates must register through Pearson VUE and pay the $200 registration fee. Candidates can registration over the phone, by mail or online.


All states require that candidates for license in nursing complete an accredited training program before taking the NCLEX. Programs typically last from one to four years.


The exam itself is completed on a computer, though the exam must be taken in person at an established test center, and length varies depending on the type of exam.

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