Registered Nurse Examinations


NCSBN delivers the NCLEX-RN exam at  Pearson VUE test centres. Pearson VUE monitors and adjust test center operations as needed for the health and safety of test-takers and staff. Please visit Pearson VUE’s COVID-19 information page, for the latest information regarding health and safety practices, requirements for entry, and any location-specific impacts. 


Exam Writers

Register to write the NCLEX-RN, or learn more about:

  • preparing for the NCLEX-RN
  • the purpose of the NCLEX-RN
  • what it does (and doesn’t) test
  • what to do if you have to re-attempt the exam

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Nurse Educators and Schools

Find resources to help you assist students with preparing for the NCLEX-RN, and learn more about:

  • the purpose of the NCLEX-RN and CNO’s role
  • the contents of the exam
  • how to receive ongoing exam results

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Quebec Professional Examination (QPE)

In 2013, Council approved the professional examination for the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (also known as the Quebec Professional Examination) for registering as an RN in the General class. You must have passed this exam within three attempts.

Canadian Registered Nurse Exam (no longer offered)

Council continues to accept the CRNE for registering as an RN in the General Class if it was written before January 2015. You must have passed this exam within three attempts.

Page last reviewed November 09, 2022