2018 Interactive Year in Review

The 2018 NCLEX Examination

From April 1, 1994 through Dec. 31, 2018 more than 5.7 million candidates for nurse licensure have taken NCLEX examinations via CAT.

For the calendar year ending Dec. 31, 2018, 308,313 candidates took the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN Examinations.

First-Time, U.S. Educated

Pass Rate: 88.3%
# Testing:
163,208
# Passing:
144,112
Jan.–Mar. 2018 Apr.–Jun. 2018 Jul.–Sep. 2018 Oct.–Dec. 2018 Total
RN - Diploma
# Testing:
405
# Passing:
364
Pass Rate:
89.9%
# Testing:
451
# Passing:
395
Pass Rate:
87.6%
# Testing:
803
# Passing:
717
Pass Rate:
89.3%
# Testing:
308
# Passing:
266
Pass Rate:
86.4%
# Testing:
1,967
# Passing:
1,742
Pass Rate:
88.6%
RN - BSN
# Testing:
20,129
# Passing:
18,465
Pass Rate:
91.7%
# Testing:
26,011
# Passing:
24,166
Pass Rate:
92.9%
# Testing:
25,847
# Passing:
23,732
Pass Rate:
91.8%
# Testing:
7,246
# Passing:
6,200
Pass Rate:
85.6%
# Testing:
79,233
# Passing:
72,563
Pass Rate:
91.6%
RN - ADN
# Testing:
22,144
# Passing:
19,272
Pass Rate:
87%
# Testing:
26,720
# Passing:
23,192
Pass Rate:
86.8%
# Testing:
25,176
# Passing:
21,771
Pass Rate:
86.5%
# Testing:
7,923
# Passing:
5,546
Pass Rate:
70%
# Testing:
81,963
# Passing:
69,781
Pass Rate:
85.1%
Special Program Codes
# Testing:
19
# Passing:
10
Pass Rate:
52.6%
# Testing:
9
# Passing:
4
Pass Rate:
44.4%
# Testing:
7
# Passing:
6
Pass Rate:
85.7%
# Testing:
10
# Passing:
6
Pass Rate:
60%
# Testing:
45
# Passing:
26
Pass Rate:
57.8%

Repeat, U.S. Educated

Pass Rate: 43.2%
# Testing:
38,229
# Passing:
16,523
Jan.–Mar. 2018 Apr.–Jun. 2018 Jul.–Sep. 2018 Oct.–Dec. 2018 Total
# Testing:
7,828
# Passing:
3,121
Pass Rate:
39.9%
# Testing:
9,339
# Passing:
3,708
Pass Rate:
39.7%
# Testing:
10,951
# Passing:
5,826
Pass Rate:
53.2%
# Testing:
10,111
# Passing:
3,868
Pass Rate:
38.3%
# Testing:
38,229
# Passing:
16,523
Pass Rate:
43.2%

First-Time, Internationally Educated

Pass Rate: 44.7%
# Testing:
16,796
# Passing:
7,505
Jan.–Mar. 2018 Apr.–Jun. 2018 Jul.–Sep. 2018 Oct.–Dec. 2018 Total
# Testing:
3405
# Passing:
1,400
Pass Rate:
41.1%
# Testing:
3,982
# Passing:
1,799
Pass Rate:
45.2%
# Testing:
4,256
# Passing:
1,919
Pass Rate:
45.1%
# Testing:
5,153
# Passing:
2,387
Pass Rate:
46.3%
# Testing:
16,796
# Passing:
7,505
Pass Rate:
44.7%

Repeat, Internationally Educated

Pass Rate: 25.4%
# Testing:
17,949
# Passing:
4,559
Jan.–Mar. 2018 Apr.–Jun. 2018 Jul.–Sep. 2018 Oct.–Dec. 2018 Total
# Testing:
3,967
# Passing:
895
Pass Rate:
22.6%
# Testing:
4,541
# Passing:
1,068
Pass Rate:
23.5%
# Testing:
4,419
# Passing:
1,189
Pass Rate:
26.9%
# Testing:
5,022
# Passing:
1,407
Pass Rate:
28%
# Testing:
17,949
# Passing:
4,559
Pass Rate:
25.4%

NCLEX Pass Rates - RN

Candidates for Canadian Licensure/Registration

See Pass Rates by Jurisdiction
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First-Time, Canadian Educated

Pass Rate: 85.7%
# Testing:
9,513
# Passing:
8,150
Jan.–Mar. 2018 Apr.–Jun. 2018 Jul.–Sep. 2018 Oct.–Dec. 2018 Total
# Testing:
1,422
# Passing:
1,210
Pass Rate:
85.1%
# Testing:
2,736
# Passing:
2,419
Pass Rate:
88.4%
# Testing:
3,913
# Passing:
3,393
Pass Rate:
86.7%
# Testing:
1,442
# Passing:
1,128
Pass Rate:
78.2%
# Testing:
9,513
# Passing:
8,150
Pass Rate:
85.7%

Repeat, Canadian Educated

Pass Rate: 49.4%
# Testing:
2,698
# Passing:
1,332
Jan.–Mar. 2018 Apr.–Jun. 2018 Jul.–Sep. 2018 Oct.–Dec. 2018 Total
# Testing:
721
# Passing:
368
Pass Rate:
51%
# Testing:
649
# Passing:
267
Pass Rate:
41.1%
# Testing:
583
# Passing:
342
Pass Rate:
58.7%
# Testing:
745
# Passing:
355
Pass Rate:
47.7%
# Testing:
2,698
# Passing:
1,332
Pass Rate:
49.4%

First-Time, Internationally Educated

Pass Rate: 60.7%
# Testing:
1,101
# Passing:
668
Jan.–Mar. 2018 Apr.–Jun. 2018 Jul.–Sep. 2018 Oct.–Dec. 2018 Total
# Testing:
257
# Passing:
149
Pass Rate:
58%
# Testing:
259
# Passing:
154
Pass Rate:
59.5%
# Testing:
252
# Passing:
166
Pass Rate:
65.9%
# Testing:
333
# Passing:
199
Pass Rate:
59.8%
# Testing:
1,101
# Passing:
668
Pass Rate:
60.7%

Repeat, Internationally Educated

Pass Rate: 36.7%
# Testing:
787
# Passing:
289
Jan.–Mar. 2018 Apr.–Jun. 2018 Jul.–Sep. 2018 Oct.–Dec. 2018 Total
# Testing:
161
# Passing:
57
Pass Rate:
35.4%
# Testing:
204
# Passing:
68
Pass Rate:
33.3%
# Testing:
193
# Passing:
78
Pass Rate:
40.4%
# Testing:
229
# Passing:
86
Pass Rate:
37.6%
# Testing:
787
# Passing:
289
Pass Rate:
36.7%

First-Time, U.S. Educated

Pass Rate: 85.9%
# Testing:
47,044
# Passing:
40,424
Jan.–Mar. 2018 Apr.–Jun. 2018 Jul.–Sep. 2018 Oct.–Dec. 2018 Total
# Testing:
10,731
# Passing:
9,311
Pass Rate:
86.8%
# Testing:
10,431
# Passing:
9,028
Pass Rate:
86.5%
# Testing:
16,282
# Passing:
14,018
Pass Rate:
86.1%
# Testing:
9,600
# Passing:
8,067
Pass Rate:
84%
# Testing:
47,044
# Passing:
40,424
Pass Rate:
85.9%

Repeat, U.S. Educated

Pass Rate: 37.2%
# Testing:
14,429
# Passing:
5,361
Jan.–Mar. 2018 Apr.–Jun. 2018 Jul.–Sep. 2018 Oct.–Dec. 2018 Total
# Testing:
3,924
# Passing:
1,247
Pass Rate:
37.9%
# Testing:
3,849
# Passing:
1,377
Pass Rate:
35.8%
# Testing:
3,417
# Passing:
1,103
Pass Rate:
32.3%
# Testing:
3,869
# Passing:
1,634
Pass Rate:
42.2%
# Testing:
14,429
# Passing:
5,361
Pass Rate:
37.2%

First-Time, Internationally Educated

Pass Rate: 50.8%
# Testing:
589
# Passing:
299
Jan.–Mar. 2018 Apr.–Jun. 2018 Jul.–Sep. 2018 Oct.–Dec. 2018 Total
# Testing:
161
# Passing:
79
Pass Rate:
49.1%
# Testing:
150
# Passing:
73
Pass Rate:
48.7%
# Testing:
143
# Passing:
71
Pass Rate:
49.7%
# Testing:
135
# Passing:
76
Pass Rate:
56.3%
# Testing:
589
# Passing:
299
Pass Rate:
50.8%

Repeat, Internationally Educated

Pass Rate: 22.6%
# Testing:
987
# Passing:
223
Jan.–Mar. 2018 Apr.–Jun. 2018 Jul.–Sep. 2018 Oct.–Dec. 2018 Total
# Testing:
258
# Passing:
57
Pass Rate:
22.1%
# Testing:
257
# Passing:
50
Pass Rate:
19.5%
# Testing:
240
# Passing:
53
Pass Rate:
22.1%
# Testing:
232
# Passing:
63
Pass Rate:
27.2%
# Testing:
987
# Passing:
223
Pass Rate:
22.6%

More than 146,600 nurse licensure candidates have taken the NCLEX in international test centers through Dec. 31, 2018.

Top Five Countries/Territories
(with respect to volume)

First-Time, Internationally Educated Candidates for U.S. Licensure
2018 Total Jan.-Mar. Apr.-Jun. Jul.-Sep. Oct.-Dec.
First
Philippines
10,297
Philippines
1,981
Philippines
2,545
Philippines
2,586
Philippines
3,185
Second
India
1,232
India
254
India
245
India
313
India
420
Third
Puerto Rico
1,016
Puerto Rico
208
Puerto Rico
235
Puerto Rico
271
Puerto Rico
302
Fourth
South Korea
783
South Korea
192
South Korea
200
South Korea
171
South Korea
220
Fifth
Nigeria
601
Jamaica
129
Nigeria
123
Nigeria
170
Nigeria
189
First-Time, Internationally Educated Candidates for Canadian Licensure/Registration
2018 Total Jan.-Mar. Apr.-Jun. Jul.-Sep. Oct.-Dec.
First
India
552
India
142
India
129
India
115
India
166
Second
Philippines
328
Philippines
61
Philippines
74
Philippines
87
Philippines
106
Second
Australia
36
Australia
10
Australia
11
Australia
8
United Kingdom
13
Fourth
Iran
35
Iran
8
Iran
7
Iran
8
Iran
12
Fifth
United Kingdom
30
United Kingdom
6
Nepal
5
United Kingdom
7
Australia
7