When you’re preparing to take the NCLEX, you’re probably focused on getting that score that’s high enough to pass the exam.
And when you’re focusing on that passing score, you’re probably also wondering what the pass rate is for the NCLEX.
How is the NCLEX Scored?
The NCLEX is a Computerized Adaptive Test that tailors the questions of the exam to your ability level. The exam starts off by asking everyone questions that are at the same basic level. When you give a correct answer to a question, the next question will be slightly more difficult. If you give an incorrect answer to a question, the next question will be slightly less difficult.
To pass the NCLEX exam, you’ll need to answer a certain number of questions correctly. If you answer enough questions correctly and are doing very well on the exam, your test may include as few as 75 questions. However, if you do not answer many questions correctly, your test may include up to 265 questions.
The NCLEX exam tries to find a level of difficulty of questions that you can consistently answer correctly. If you keep answering questions at a level above a certain baseline, you pass the exam. If you don’t answer questions at that baseline, you don’t pass the exam.
What are the NCLEX Pass Rates?
Between January and March 2020, there were a total of 60,007 test-takers for the NCLEX-RN exam. The pass rate for the total number of test-takers was 77.89%.
Within the 60,007 test-takers, 52,101 were U.S. Educated with a pass rate of 8.66%. The remaining 7,906 test-takers were Internationally Education and had a 39.83% pass rate.
NCLEX-RN Pass Rates
Out of this total number, 49,860 were first-time test-takers for the NCLEX-RN exam. The percentage of candidates that passed the NCLEX-RN the first time was 86.16. There were also 10,147 repeat test-takers with a 37.24% pass rate.
Between the same dates, there were a total of 12,816 test-takers for the NCLEX-PN with a total 74.71% pass rate. Out of that number, 10,919 first time test-takers for the NCLEX-PN exam with an 85.56% pass rate. There were also 2,625 repeat test-takers with a pass rate of 32.61%.
There were a total of 12,560 U.S. Educated test-takers with a pass rate of 75.49% as well as 256 Internationally Educated test-takers with a 36.72% pass rate.
NCLEX-PN Pass Rates