Our aim is to provide you access to various resources to prepare you for a  successful completion of the NCLEX- RN examination.

NCLEX by definition

The NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) is an examination for the licensing of nurses in the United States. NCLEX examinations are developed and owned by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN).

Test Administrators

NCSBN administers these examinations on behalf of its member boards which consist of the boards of nursing in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands. NCLEX examinations are designed to test the knowledge, skills and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry-level.

NCLEX examinations are provided in a computerized adaptive testing (CAT) format and are presently administered by Pearson VUE in their network of Pearson Professional Centers (PPC).  

Requirements for the NCLEX exam

  • Completion of a board approved nursing program
  • Submission of an application for licensure to the board of nursing.
  • Background check
  • Fingerprinting
  • Authorization to test (ATT)

NCLEX Prep courses

We recommend taking a NCLEX preparation course to help pass the exam and investing in a NCLEX review book. Yes answering NCLEX questions is beneficial, but taking a prep course class will help you on the exam. See below for a few of the NCLEX prep classes our Cohort used to pass our boards:

Free Online NCLEX Questions links


  • Register for the NCLEX Examination with Pearson VUE
  • Receive Acknowledgement of Receipt of Registration from Pearson VUE.
  • Receive Authorization to Test (ATT) from Pearson VUE.


The nurse candidate must answer a minimum of 75 questions with a maximum of 265 questions over a six hour time period

The content of the NCLEX-RN Test Plan is organized into four major Client Needs categories. Two of the four categories are divided into subcategories:

Safe and Effective Care Environment

  •  Management of Care
  •  Safety and Infection Control

Health Promotion and Maintenance

Psychosocial Integrity

Physiological Integrity

Basic Care and Comfort

Pharmacological and Parenteral Therapies

Reduction of Risk Potential

Physiological Adaptation

NCLEX blue print


$200 license examination

$50 background fee

$100 Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON) Fee

License Number

Once the student passes the exam they can pay an additional fee and receive their results (pass/fail) from Pearson Vue.

The pass/fail results will post to the MBON website within a few days with a license number.

Compact States/Reciprocity

Most states will recognize your license and do not require any additional tests these are considered as reciprocal states.

If they require you to undergo further tests, they're called non-reciprocal states.

All 50 states now practice reciprocity ever since NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) became standardized nationally. If your license is valid and you have clean disciplinary/legal record in your state, just apply and pay a fee to be granted another license in the state you desire.


 The MD Board of Nursing (MBON) requires the testing candidate to wait 45 days

Don't give up and become discouraged!! It's not uncommon for a nursing candidate to be unsuccessful the first time!! Review your NCLEX prep books and materials.