NCLEX Exam Eligibility Criteria
NCLEX Exam for Nurses

NCLEX Exam for Nurses

The NCLEX exam, also known as the National Council Licensure Examination, is a standardized exam that every state regulatory board uses to determine whether or not a candidate is competent to become a nurse in the United States, Canada and Australia.

April 13, 2022

By Coaching Select


The NCLEX exam, also known as the National Council Licensure Examination

There are two types of NCLEX tests, both of which are administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, and which one you take depends on the job you want to pursue.

  • NCLEX-PN: The entry-level of the licensed nursing occupations are practical or vocational nurses (LPNs/LVNs—the titles are interchangeable in different states).
  • NCLEX-RN: For registered nurses (RNs) with advanced training and responsibilities.


NCLEX Exam: Eligibility Criteria

  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing from any school is required.
  • ATT is required (Authorisation To Test)
  • Fill in the blanks with your qualifications and personal information.
  • Register with Pearson Vue and apply in Nursing or Regulatory Board Pay NCLEX
  • Application fees


NCLEX Exam Pattern

Pearson Professional Centre is where the NCLEX exam is given. The exam will be different for each participant. Because each question is dependent on the answer to the preceding one, a person can be asked anywhere between 75 and 265 questions. Only 60 of the first 75 questions on the exam will be counted, with the remaining 15 questions being saved for future testing. This exam is divided into three levels.

  • Level 1- Tests candidates’ knowledge and understanding
  • Level 2– Tests candidates’ analysis and application
  • Level 3– Test candidates’ qualitative and aptitude.

NCLEX Exam: Syllabus

  1. NCLEX PN Test

 Safe effective care environment, Health promotion and maintenance, Psychosocial Integrity, Psychological Integrity.

  1. NCLEX RN Test

Safe effective care environment, Health promotion and maintenance, Psychosocial Integrity, Psychological Integrity.


  1. Time: There is no time limit on any of the questions. The exam will take a maximum of 6 hours to complete, including a tutorial at the start. There are no breaks that must be taken. However, after 2 hours of testing, there is an optional break, and after 3.5 hours of testing, there is another optional break.
  2. Exam end:  When one of the following occurs, your exam is finished:
  • You’ve shown that you have the bare minimum of skills and have answered the bare minimum of questions (75).
  • You’ve shown a lack of minimum competency by answering the bare minimum of questions (75).
  • You’ve completed the maximum amount of questions possible (265).
    You’ve used up all of the time allotted to you (6 hours).

Register For The NCLEX Exam

Step 1: Application to the Nursing Regulatory Board (NRB): The first step in the registration procedure is to submit an application to the state board of nursing in the state where you want to practice nursing. Inquire with your state’s board of nursing about the specific registration process, as regulations may differ.

Step 2: Registration with Pearson VUE: Proceed, register, and pay the money to take the NCLEX with Pearson VUE once you have received confirmation from the board of nursing that you have completed all of their state requirements. Follow the registration instructions and fill out the forms as completely as possible.

Step 3: Authorization to Test: Pearson VUE will send you an Authorization to Test (ATT) document if the licensure board determines that you are eligible. You must test within the ATT’s validity dates (usually 90 days). There are no extensions available; otherwise, you will have to re-register and pay the price. The test authorization number, validity date, and candidate identity number are all found on your ATT.

Step 4: Schedule your Exam Appointment: The next step is to schedule a Pearson VUE testing day, time, and location. The NCLEX will be administered at a testing centre; you can schedule an exam online or over the phone. You will receive an email confirmation of your appointment, including the date and time you selected as well as instructions to the testing centre.

Step 5: On Exam Day: Attendees should arrive at the examination centre at least 30 minutes before the scheduled exam time. You must have your ATT and approved identity (driver’s license, passport, etc.) that is current, has your photo and signature, and is valid.

Step 6: Processing Results: After six weeks, the board of nursing will send you your official results.


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