The Results Are In — 2013 NCLEX-RN® Passing Rates

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) implemented a test plan and passing standard change to the NCLEX-RN® in April, 2013*. As a result, the passing standard increased from -0.16 to 0.00 logits. With this change, the NCSBN noted that they expected the passing rate for first time U.S.- educated nurses to decrease by 3-5%.

The passing rates of first time U.S.-educated nurses that took the NCLEX-RN® in 2013 have been announced by the NCSBN. Nationally, 155,098 applicants took the test in 2013 (versus 150,226 in 2012), and 83.04% passed on their first attempt. In 2012, the passing rate was 90.34%. This means that from 2012 to 2013, the passing rate decreased by 7.3%**.

What does this mean for you, your school and your students?

Kaplan Nursing is committed to providing assistance to students, faculties and schools of nursing to maintain and/or improve nursing student NCLEX® results. Watch a webinar by Barbara Irwin, MSN, RN and Executive Director of Kaplan Nursing, who discusses the factors associated with these failures as well as recommended strategies for successful NCLEX® preparation by you and your schools. Please contact us if you have questions or would like to discuss how Kaplan can help you prepare your students for this more difficult version of the NCLEX-RN®.

*National Council of State Boards of Nursing, NCSBN Board of Directors (BOD) Voted to Raise the Passing Standard for the NCLEX-RN Examination at its Meeting on Dec. 17, 2012,

**Data from the NCSBN illustrates a drop in the NCLEX passing rates of first-time, US educated test takers, and the April 1, 2013 passing standard increase may have played a significant factor in this trend. In fact, the NCSBN had anticipated the passing rate to drop following the increase.