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Frequently asked questions
What is the NCLEX-PN?
The NCLEX-PN is a standardized test that each state board of nursing uses to determine if it's safe for you to begin practice as an entry-level nurse. The NCLEX-PN is used for graduates of practical and vocational nursing programs.
How many questions are on the NCLEX-PN?
It depends. The NCLEX-PN will serve up between 75 and 145 questions and will stop as soon as your competency level has been identified.
How do you pass the NCLEX-PN?
To pass the NCLEX-PN, you have to demonstrate that your level of competency is above the minimum standard. As you answer questions correctly, you'll be given increasingly difficult questions. You will need to work your way up in difficulty so that the NCLEX-PN algorithm can identify your passing-level competency with 95% confidence.
How long does it take to get NCLEX-PN results?
Official results will be sent to you approximately six weeks after taking the NCLEX-PN. Some states offer a quick results service which allows you to access your "unofficial" results two business days.
How many times can you take the NCLEX-PN?
Ideally you'll only take the NCLEX-PN one time. However, if necessary you are allowed to retest 45 days after the administration of your previous exam. Candidates are permitted to take the exam 8 times in a calendar year.
About the NCLEX-PN
The National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN exam) is administered by individual State Boards of Nursing. The NCLEX-PN is often referred to as "The Boards" or "State Boards." The NCLEX-PN has only one purpose: To determine if it is safe for you to begin practice as an entry-level practical/vocational nurse.