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In this article, I'll cover what you need to know about whether or not it matters what state you take the NCLEX.

In other words, can you take the NCLEX in a different state other than the one you graduated from?

Does It Matter Where I Take the NCLEX?

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No, it doesn't matter where you take the NCLEX. The NCLEX is a national exam, therefore new grad nurses can take their initial license exam in a different state other than the one they graduated from. The results will go back to the BON they signed up for their ATT.

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Why Would You Want to Take the NCLEX in a Different State?

There are several reasons why you may want to take the NCLEX in a different state, but the end result is that you'll be working in that state.

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Another reason I've seen students do this is that they'll take the exam in a neighboring state if there's a test date at a testing facility in that state that works better for their schedule.

Something to note is that the NCLEX is a national exam, not a state exam so your results will be sent to the board of nursing where you applied for your authorization to test (ATT).

How to Pass the NCLEX

I've written many articles about the NCLEX and how you can pass the NCLEX the first time.

Check out those articles for more detailed information.

One quick tip I will give you to improve your chances on the NCLEX is to get a good NCLEX prep course.

I have an article that goes over the best NCLEX review courses. Check out that linked article for more info.

If you want to bypass all of that, then check out this NCLEX prep course that I usually recommend to most students.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do You Have to Take the NCLEX in the State You Graduated From?

    No, it doesn't matter where you take the NCLEX exam. NCLEX is a national exam, and thus its results go back to the BON in the state in which a nurse first registers.

  2. Which state NCLEX is the easiest?

    The NCLEX is a national exam therefore it doesn't really matter where the student takes the NCLEX since it's administered on a national level.

  3. Does the NCLEX differ from state to state?

    The NCLEX does NOT differ from state to state. The NCLEX is a national exam, so you're taking “the same NCLEX” regardless of what state you're in.