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NCLEX Practice Exam

Prepare yourself by taking theNCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN Practice Exam.

Before the Exam

Find out what you need before you take the NCLEX Exam.

Exam Day

Get details and tips for your exam day.

After the Exam

Already taken the NCLEX? Find out what your next steps are.

Familiarize yourself with these resources in order to ensure a smoother testing experience.

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    NCLEX Candidate Bulletin

    This serves as your guide from before to after the NCLEX, including details on how to register, the NCLEX Candidate Rules, and results processing.


    Computerized Adaptive Testing

    The NCLEX uses CAT to administer the exam. CAT merges computer technology with modern measurement theory.

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    Test Plans

    The test plans serve as blue prints to outline the content to be tested and guide the item writing process.


    Testing Locations

    View a list of locations in which you can take your NCLEX.

Latest News

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    Special Research Section

    Beginning in July, 2017, NCSBN will present a Special Research Section as part of the NCLEX-RN administration. By participating in the Special Research Section, candidates will be making valuable contributions to the future development of NCSBN examinations as well as to the enhancement of the nursing profession.

    The Special Research Section will be given to select candidates taking the NCLEX-RN and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. This section will be administered following the regular exam and will not count as part of the NCLEX score.

    Once a candidate finishes their exam, an introductory screen will indicate the beginning of the Special Research Section. This section will also continue to be numbered in accordance with the completed exam – for example, if a candidate's exam ended with question 153, the first question on the Special Research Section will be numbered 154. Despite the consecutive numbering, these new questions will have no impact on NCLEX scoring or results.

    Candidates may take the entire allotted 6 hours to complete the NCLEX. All questions on the NCLEX-RN examination and the Special Research Section are confidential.

    For additional information on the Special Research Section, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs); available in both English and French.

Still have Questions about the NCLEX? Read Our FAQ's.

Need Help?

If you need assistance with registering or scheduling for the NCLEX, contact Pearson VUE.

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Need Help?

If you need assistance with registering or scheduling for the NCLEX, contact Pearson VUE.