What is the NCLEX examination and what is required to take it?

The National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX exam, is how people with a degree in nursing become licensed nursing practitioners or registered nurses, depending on their education and the exam that they take. It’s a standardized test administered by the state regulatory board. Requirements can vary between nursing regulatory bodies, but you will need to have completed your degree before sitting for the NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN exam.