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The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN® exam) and its sister examination, the NCLEX-PN, are licensure examinations for Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)/Vocational Nurses (VN), respectively. Candidates take the examinations upon graduating from a school of nursing in order to earn a nursing license. NCLEX examinations test candidates' knowledge, skills and abilities to ensure their ability to provide safe and effective nursing care.

The NCLEX has two separate exams: the NCLEX-PN and the NCLEX-RN.

The NCLEX-PN has eight major domains: Coordinated Care; ; Safety and Infection Control; Health Promotion and Maintenance; Psychosocial Integrity; Basic Care and Comfort; Pharmacological Therapies; Reduction of Risk Potential; Physiological Adaption. The time allotted is five hours. There are usually around 117 questions on the NCLEX-PN.

The NCLEX-RN has eight domains as well. They are Management of Care; Safety and Infection Control; Health Promotion and Maintenance; Psychosocial Integrity; Basic Care and Comfort; Pharmacalogical and Parenteral Therapies; Reduction of Risk Potential; and Physiological Adaption. The time allotted for this one is six hours, with an average of 119 questions.

To pass, PN candidates will have to answer a minimum of 85 and a maximum of 205 questions. The most candidates finish in about 2 hours. You'll be given up to 6 hours to complete the RN exam or 5 hours for the PN exam.