NCLEX-RN Test Issues

The National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses – known as the "NCLEX-RN" – is a licensing test created by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and administered by a private test company to candidates from around the world seeking to work as licensed registered nurses in the United States, certain US territories, several Canadian provinces, and Australia.

Registration for the exam is a two-step process; the candidate must submit an application for a license or registration with their local nursing regulatory body and must separately sign up to take the NCLEX-RN. If the local nursing body approves the candidate's license application, it will notify the NCLEX-RN test administrator. The test administrator will then notify the candidate that they have been approved to take the NCLEX-RN and will give the candidate a range of dates (averaging about 90 days, specified by the candidate's local nursing body) during which the candidate must take the NCLEX-RN exam.

Candidates have one full year after they sign up to take the NCLEX-RN to receive authorization from their local nursing body; if their application is not approved in that time period, they forfeit their NCLEX-RN registration and exam fee and will have to re-register and pay again in order to be able to take the NCLEX-RN after their local nursing regulatory body says they are approved to do so.

A candidate can only have one active NCLEX-RN registration at a time. If a candidate tries to register a second time while their first registration is still active, their second registration will be denied, and they will forfeit their registration fee.

The NCLEX-RN is administered via computer at private test centers around the world. The test uses a system called Computerized Adaptive Testing, meaning that the questions presented to ea