What is NCLEX?

NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) is an examination which permits a nurse intending to practice nursing in the United States. It gives license to nurses especially the foreign nurses as granted by the state if he/ she passed all the requirements needed. There are two types, the NCLEX-RN for registered nurses and the NCLEX-PN for practical nurses. This examination aims to promote and guarantee public protection for safe, effective, competent and world-class healthcare services . NCLEX examinations are intended to test the knowledge, skills and abilities essential for the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry-level.

The NCLEX examinations are in a computerized adaptive testing (CAT) format and like HAAD; it is administered by Pearson VUE in their network of Pearson Professional Centers (PPC). The NCLEX is a criterion-referenced type of exam in which the individual’s knowledge is compared to a predetermined standard and not on other individuals’ performances and test results on the examination. In computerized adaptive setting, the questions given by the computer depends on how you answer the previous questions. The individual will be scored by their ability to think critically about decisions involving nursing care.

What are the exam compositions?

NCLEX questions are categorized in three different levels. Level 1: comprised of the most basic questions; Level 2: a recall on specific facts and information must be supplied and then using it to analyze and interpret the questions; Level 3: could be the most difficult part and needs a complex, critical analysis. The questions must be applied with a different level of thinking- assess, evaluate and analyze information. The individual will have to apply the rules, facts, and processes they know and then make decisions about what is best for the patient’s care based on the situation. 


The exam's content is based on client needs:

Physiological Integrity 

Basic Care and Comfort

Pharmacological and Parenteral Therapies

Risk Potential Reduction

Physiological Adaptation

Safe Effective Care Environment 

Care management

Safety and Infection Control

Health Promotion and Maintenance 

Growth and Development/ Life Span

Disease detection and prevention 

Psychosocial Integrity 

Coping and Adaptation

Psychosocial Adaptation


How to register and schedule for the examination?


  1. Submit an application for licensure to the state’s board of nursing you wished to be licensed.
  2. NOTE: Changing the board of nursing licensure will result in a $50.00 fee. 
  3. Board of nursing’s eligibility requirements must all be met in order to take the examination.
  4. Register for the NCLEX exam with Pearson VUE.
  5. The board of nursing of your choice will make you, the candidate, eligible to take the NCLEX. 
  6. An Authorization to Test (ATT) should be received from Pearson VUE. 

Scheduling the examination

Once you have been made eligible and received your ATT, you may schedule your examination using the following options. You must test within the validity dates of your ATT. These validity dates cannot be extended for any reason. Appointments may be made up to one business day in advance.


Where to take the examination here in the Philippines? 


Pearson Professional Centers-Manila

Trident Tower, 313 Senator Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City, Manila, 1327

+63 2 887 2198 


How much is the fee?

The fee for taking the NCLEX exam is currently at $200.00. There is an additional $150.00 international fee for taking the exam outside the United States. A Value Added Tax (VAT), if applicable may be assessed and all these fees will be charged at the time of scheduling the exam.

How will I prepare for NCLEX?

  1. Begin studying using your own textbooks, notes/ school materials and additional information from the internet and review what you've learned while its fresh in your mind.  
  2. Prepare and follow a study plan schedule so you will not cram.
  3. Search various NCLEX preparation websites on the Internet and print several sample tests. Time yourself while answering the questions. 
  4. Relax, take deep breaths and believe in yourself. Put in mind that the questions on the NCLEX are only a condensed version of the facts you already learned in nursing school.