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NCLEX-RN Pass Rate

If you are taking your NCLEX-RN for the first time, the NCLEX-RN pass rate for 2015 for US-trained nurses was very high. The majority pass on their first attempt. Read on to find out more.

NCLEX-RN Pass Rate for US-trained Nurses

Of the 157,882 people who took the exam in 2015, 84.53% passed on their first attempt, according to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) statistics. They break it down even further for those who are graduating from Diploma, Associates, or Bachelors programs. For those who took the NCLEX-RN for the second time in 2015, the total pass rate was 44.52%. For anyone who is taking the NCLEX-RN for the second time, they should definitely focus on what their weaknesses were from their first attempt. Then you should determine if you need to review more content or practice with more NCLEX style resources.

NCLEX-RN Pass Rate for Internationally-Trained Nurses

Many nurses from other countries take the NCLEX each year in order to become an RN in the US. These nurses must hold a nursing degree from their country of origin. If they are coming from a country where English is not the native language, then they must also pass an English proficiency exam. Unfortunately, the NCLEX-RN pass rate for foreign-trained nurses is not as high as US-trained nurses. In 2015, 8,641 foreign-trained nurses took the exam and only 31.67% passed on their first attempt and that rate goes down for the second attempt, according to the statistics. 

For a foreign nurse, the statistics can be a little daunting and intimidating. Knowing that it can be more challenging to pass the exam as a foreign-trained nurse, it is best to prepare yourself with NCLEX-RN prep courses and ensure that you have strong English skills for a professional medical career in the United States.

Between review books and courses, there are so many resources to help you study for and pass the NCLEX-RN exam. There are also free resources on the internet that can help supplement your studying. Know how you learn best and use all the resources that you can to study for your NCLEX. Putting in the time and effort will pay off when you have passed your exam.

About Kiley

Kiley is a nurse who has worked in a variety of settings in the healthcare field. She is currently working as a remote chart reviewer while exploring the world. Kiley also has a background in education and wants to support and educate the next generation of nurses while they navigate the NCLEX. She is passionate about traveling and can often be found in a cafe somewhere in the world reading a book.

2 Responses to “NCLEX-RN Pass Rate”

  1. Victoria says:

    What is the pass rate of international trained nurses by country of training, e.g Nurses who trained in Africa
    Thank you.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert Magoosh Test Prep Expert says:

      Hi Victoria!

      You can view all of the NCLEX Statistics for 2017 here:

      Nurse Licensure and NCLEX Exam Statistics

      It doesn’t look like they’ve published the statistics for 2018 yet, but the 2017 publication has statistics pass rates for internationally trained nurses by country. 😀 Hope this helps!

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