About the test
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN®) develops and administers nurse licensure examination; the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®). The examination is used by the Boards of Nursing and Regulatory Bodies to test entry-level nursing competence of candidates for licensure as Registered Nurses.
The NCLEX examinations are provided exclusively as computerized adaptive tests which nursing students need to take in order to become practicing nurses in the USA and Canada. Since nursing is critical in health care and a hospital or practice becomes responsible for its nurses, NCLEX checks not only theoretical competence, but also quick decision making and other pivotal qualities that are indispensible in nursing. This also tends to make the NCLEX a very challenging test that can be quite grueling to the test taker. The theoretical competence required along with the intensity of the examination due its adaptive nature makes the NCLEX quite a formidable exam to crack.