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2016 mid-year NCLEX-RN results: Ontario graduates applying to CNO

January 1 – June 30, 2016

The following tables show the exam results of College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) applicants who wrote the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) for the first time during the first six months of 2016. Full-year first-time write pass rates for 2012–2015 are included for comparison.

Between January 1 and June 30, 2016, 1,515 Ontario-educated CNO applicants wrote the NCLEX-RN for the first time. Of these, 82.7% passed on their first write. This pass rate is 13.3 percentage points higher than the rate for 2015. The 2015 first time pass rate for the entire year was 69.4%.

The number of Ontario-educated first-time exam writers so far in 2016 (up to June 30) is 40% of the total number of first-time writers in 2015. More applicants are still due to graduate and will write the exam for the first time later in 2016.

2012 to June 2016 NCLEX-RN results: The number of first-time writes and the pass rates by exam year and location of nursing education

Location of Nursing Education**

CRNE First-Time Writes*

NCLEX-RN First-Time Writes*

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016 (Jan-Jun)

Writes

Pass Rate

Writes

Pass Rate

Writes

Pass Rate

Writes

Pass Rate

Writes

Pass Rate

Ontario

3,825

81.1%

3,852

82.8%

4,095

84.7%

3,800

69.4%

1,515

82.7%

Other Canadian Jurisdiction

0

-

9

100%

7

100%

38

76.3%

19

68.4%

International

756

36.0%

572

39.3%

560

37.0%

234

35.9%

59

47.5%

Total First-Time Writes

4,581

73.7%

4,433

77.2%

4,662

79.0%

4,072

67.6%

1,593

81.2%

* Starting in 2015, RN applicants wrote the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) as the registration exam. Prior to 2015, RN applicants wrote the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE).
** The location of nursing education refers to where a writer completed their nursing program.

Page last reviewed July 28, 2016