2019 Interactive Year in Review

The 2019 NCLEX Examination

From April 1, 1994 through Dec. 31, 2019 more than 6 million candidates for nurse licensure have taken NCLEX examinations via CAT.

 

For the calendar year ending Dec. 31, 2019, a total of 330,620 candidates took the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN Examinations.

 

 

First-time, U.S. Educated

Pass Rate: 88.2%
# Testing:
171374
# Passing:
151120
Jan.–Mar. 2019 Apr.–Jun. 2019 Jul.–Sep. 2019 Oct.–Dec. 2019 Total
RN - Diploma
# Testing:
545
# Passing:
485
Pass Rate:
89%
# Testing:
607
# Passing:
535
Pass Rate:
88.1%
# Testing:
769
# Passing:
688
Pass Rate:
89.5%
# Testing:
326
# Passing:
266
Pass Rate:
81.6%
# Testing:
2247
# Passing:
1974
Pass Rate:
87.9%
RN - BSN
# Testing:
22550
# Passing:
20930
Pass Rate:
92.8%
# Testing:
26345
# Passing:
24282
Pass Rate:
92.2%
# Testing:
27589
# Passing:
25005
Pass Rate:
90.6%
# Testing:
7798
# Passing:
6685
Pass Rate:
85.7%
# Testing:
84282
# Passing:
76902
Pass Rate:
91.2%
RN - ADN
# Testing:
23916
# Passing:
20876
Pass Rate:
87.3%
# Testing:
26979
# Passing:
23328
Pass Rate:
86.5%
# Testing:
26078
# Passing:
22340
Pass Rate:
85.7%
# Testing:
7825
# Passing:
5673
Pass Rate:
72.5%
# Testing:
84798
# Passing:
72217
Pass Rate:
85.2%
Special Program Codes
# Testing:
17
# Passing:
8
Pass Rate:
47.1%
# Testing:
10
# Passing:
7
Pass Rate:
70%
# Testing:
8
# Passing:
4
Pass Rate:
50%
# Testing:
12
# Passing:
8
Pass Rate:
66.7%
# Testing:
47
# Passing:
27
Pass Rate:
57.4%

Repeat, U.S. Educated

Pass Rate: 44%
# Testing:
40015
# Passing:
17619
Jan.–Mar. 2019 Apr.–Jun. 2019 Jul.–Sep. 2019 Oct.–Dec. 2019 Total
Repeat, U.S. Educated
# Testing:
8862
# Passing:
3996
Pass Rate:
45.1%
# Testing:
9150
# Passing:
3395
Pass Rate:
37.1%
# Testing:
11507
# Passing:
5991
Pass Rate:
52.1%
# Testing:
10496
# Passing:
4237
Pass Rate:
40.4%
# Testing:
40015
# Passing:
17619
Pass Rate:
44%

First-time, Internationally Educated

Pass Rate: 45.5%
# Testing:
21040
# Passing:
9569
Jan.–Mar. 2019 Apr.–Jun. 2019 Jul.–Sep. 2019 Oct.–Dec. 2019 Total
First-Time, Internationally Educated
# Testing:
4814
# Passing:
2292
Pass Rate:
47.6%
# Testing:
5064
# Passing:
2353
Pass Rate:
46.5%
# Testing:
5173
# Passing:
2499
Pass Rate:
48.3%
# Testing:
5989
# Passing:
2425
Pass Rate:
40.5%
# Testing:
21040
# Passing:
9569
Pass Rate:
45.5%

Repeat, Internationally Educated

Pass Rate: 27%
# Testing:
19865
# Passing:
5365
Jan.–Mar. 2019 Apr.–Jun. 2019 Jul.–Sep. 2019 Oct.–Dec. 2019 Total
Repeat, Internationally Educated
# Testing:
4706
# Passing:
1410
Pass Rate:
30%
# Testing:
4970
# Passing:
1368
Pass Rate:
27.5%
# Testing:
4768
# Passing:
1406
Pass Rate:
29.5%
# Testing:
5421
# Passing:
1181
Pass Rate:
21.8%
# Testing:
19865
# Passing:
5365
Pass Rate:
27%

NCLEX Pass Rates - RN

Candidates for Canadian Licensure/Registration

See Pass Rates by Jurisdiction
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First-time, Canadian Educated

Pass Rate: 85.6%
# Testing:
9842
# Passing:
8425
Jan.–Mar. 2019 Apr.–Jun. 2019 Jul.–Sep. 2019 Oct.–Dec. 2019 Total
First-Time, Canadian Educated Data
# Testing:
1512
# Passing:
1298
Pass Rate:
85.8%
# Testing:
3017
# Passing:
2651
Pass Rate:
87.9%
# Testing:
3886
# Passing:
3299
Pass Rate:
84.9%
# Testing:
1427
# Passing:
1177
Pass Rate:
82.5%
# Testing:
9842
# Passing:
8425
Pass Rate:
85.6%

Repeat, Canadian Educated

Pass Rate: 51.4%
# Testing:
2748
# Passing:
1412
Jan.–Mar. 2019 Apr.–Jun. 2019 Jul.–Sep. 2019 Oct.–Dec. 2019 Total
Repeat, Canadian Educated Data
# Testing:
611
# Passing:
332
Pass Rate:
54.3%
# Testing:
647
# Passing:
287
Pass Rate:
44.4%
# Testing:
670
# Passing:
375
Pass Rate:
56%
# Testing:
820
# Passing:
418
Pass Rate:
51%
# Testing:
2748
# Passing:
1412
Pass Rate:
51.4%

First-time, Internationally Educated

Pass Rate: 59%
# Testing:
1083
# Passing:
639
Jan.–Mar. 2019 Apr.–Jun. 2019 Jul.–Sep. 2019 Oct.–Dec. 2019 Total
First-Time, Internationally Educated
# Testing:
257
# Passing:
161
Pass Rate:
62.6%
# Testing:
255
# Passing:
157
Pass Rate:
61.6%
# Testing:
276
# Passing:
178
Pass Rate:
64.5%
# Testing:
295
# Passing:
143
Pass Rate:
48.5%
# Testing:
1083
# Passing:
639
Pass Rate:
59%

Repeat, Internationally Educated

Pass Rate: 36.4%
# Testing:
895
# Passing:
326
Jan.–Mar. 2019 Apr.–Jun. 2019 Jul.–Sep. 2019 Oct.–Dec. 2019 Total
Repeat, Internationally Educated
# Testing:
204
# Passing:
85
Pass Rate:
41.7%
# Testing:
215
# Passing:
76
Pass Rate:
35.3%
# Testing:
226
# Passing:
94
Pass Rate:
41.6%
# Testing:
250
# Passing:
71
Pass Rate:
28.4%
# Testing:
895
# Passing:
326
Pass Rate:
36.4%

First-time, U.S. Educated

Pass Rate: 85.6%
# Testing:
48228
# Passing:
41299
Jan.–Mar. 2019 Apr.–Jun. 2019 Jul.–Sep. 2019 Oct.–Dec. 2019 Total
First-Time, U.S. Educated
# Testing:
11093
# Passing:
9398
Pass Rate:
84.7%
# Testing:
10186
# Passing:
8834
Pass Rate:
86.7%
# Testing:
17048
# Passing:
14800
Pass Rate:
86.8%
# Testing:
9901
# Passing:
8267
Pass Rate:
83.5%
# Testing:
48228
# Passing:
41299
Pass Rate:
85.6%

Repeat, U.S. Educated

Pass Rate: 36.7%
# Testing:
14164
# Passing:
5196
Jan.–Mar. 2019 Apr.–Jun. 2019 Jul.–Sep. 2019 Oct.–Dec. 2019 Total
Repeat, U.S. Educated
# Testing:
3263
# Passing:
1071
Pass Rate:
32.8%
# Testing:
3804
# Passing:
1527
Pass Rate:
40.1%
# Testing:
3431
# Passing:
1169
Pass Rate:
34.1%
# Testing:
3666
# Passing:
1429
Pass Rate:
39%
# Testing:
14164
# Passing:
5196
Pass Rate:
36.7%

First-time, Internationally Educated

Pass Rate: 54.7%
# Testing:
523
# Passing:
286
Jan.–Mar. 2019 Apr.–Jun. 2019 Jul.–Sep. 2019 Oct.–Dec. 2019 Total
First-Time, Internationally Educated
# Testing:
121
# Passing:
63
Pass Rate:
52.1%
# Testing:
120
# Passing:
72
Pass Rate:
60%
# Testing:
138
# Passing:
70
Pass Rate:
50.7%
# Testing:
144
# Passing:
81
Pass Rate:
56.3%
# Testing:
523
# Passing:
286
Pass Rate:
54.7%

Repeat, Internationally Educated

Pass Rate: 26%
# Testing:
843
# Passing:
219
Jan.–Mar. 2019 Apr.–Jun. 2019 Jul.–Sep. 2019 Oct.–Dec. 2019 Total
Repeat, Internationally Educated
# Testing:
202
# Passing:
38
Pass Rate:
18.8%
# Testing:
216
# Passing:
64
Pass Rate:
29.6%
# Testing:
196
# Passing:
53
Pass Rate:
27%
# Testing:
229
# Passing:
64
Pass Rate:
27.9%
# Testing:
843
# Passing:
219
Pass Rate:
26%

More than 162,800 nurse licensure candidates have taken the NCLEX in international test centers through Dec. 31, 2019.

Top Five Countries/Territories
(with respect to volume)

First-Time, Internationally Educated Candidates for U.S. Licensure
2019 Total Jan.-Mar. Apr.-Jun. Jul.-Sep. Oct.-Dec.
First
Philippines
12785
Philippines
2890
Philippines
3130
Philippines
3174
Philippines
3591
Second
India
1540
India
361
India
308
India
394
India
477
Third
Puerto Rico
1171
Puerto Rico
310
Puerto Rico
275
Nigeria
242
Puerto Rico
366
Fourth
Nigeria
901
South Korea
228
South Korea
233
Puerto Rico
220
Nigeria
278
Fifth
South Korea
835
Nigeria
181
Nigeria
200
South Korea
177
South Korea
197
First-Time, Internationally Educated Candidates for Canadian Licensure/Registration
2019 Total Jan.-Mar. Apr.-Jun. Jul.-Sep. Oct.-Dec.
First
India
506
India
110
India
125
India
137
India
134
First
Philippines
382
Philippines
100
Philippines
78
Philippines
100
Philippines
104
First
Iran
38
Iran
8
Iran
11
Iran
7
Iran
12
First
United Kingdom
23
United Kingdom
6
United Kingdom
8
Israel
7
Australia
7
First
Australia
20
Australia
5
Israel
7
United Kingdom
4
Nigeria
7