Do you want to know if there’s a state you can go to where the NCLEX will be easier?
Keep reading because I have some good news and bad news. The first will be the bad news.
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What is the Easiest State to Pass the NCLEX
None. There is no “easy” state to take the NCLEX. The NCLEX is a national exam administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Because it’s national, the NCLEX will be the same regardless of what state you choose to take it in.
Why It Doesn’t Matter Where You Take the NCLEX?
As stated above, the NCLEX is a national exam administered by the NCSBN.
Because it’s a national exam, it doesn’t really matter where you take it. Students in California, Florida, New York even international are taking the same NCLEX.
This is why for those wondering if they can take the NCLEX in a different state other than their graduating school, the answer is yes, you can.
Best (Easiest) States to Pass the NCLEX
You might be wondering if I just said that the NCLEX is a national exam, and it doesn’t matter where you take it. Why do I have a list?
This list is based on the states that have the highest NCLEX pass rates.
When I started thinking about it, I figured if I had to take the NCLEX, I would probably rather take it in one of these states.
The higher NCLEX pass rates probably has more to do with the overall quality of the schools in those states than the actual NCLEX exam itself.
- New Hampshire
- South Dakota
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
Here’s the complete list below:
|NCLEX Pass Rate|
|District Of Columbia||94.8|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||91.2|
|Northern Mariana Islands||64.7|
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is NCLEX easier in other states?
No, the NCLEX is not easier in other states. The NCLEX is a national exam which means it will be the same regardless of which state you take it in.
Which state has the highest passing rate for NCLEX?
New Hampshire has the highest NCLEX passing rate. New Hampshire’s passing rate is 96.2 for first-time NCLEX-RN test takers.