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Exam results

​​Exam resu​​lt notification

​You will receive your exam results by email within a few days of writing the exam. Your exam result is reported as a pass or fail.

If you p​​ass

​We will notify you of your exam results and any outstanding requirements for registration. If you have met all requirements and have provisional registration, your provisional registration will automatically be converted to practising registered nurse registration.

If you do not have provisional registration, you'll be emailed information about how to complete your registration.​

​​​I​​f you f​​​​ail

You'll be emailed an initial notification of ​only your exam result. Within two weeks, you'll be emailed your candidate report. You must wait a minimum of 45 days before registering to retake the exam.

  • There is no limit to the number of times you can write the NCLEX-RN, as long as you have a valid CRNBC application.
  • If your application expires, your file will be closed. If you wish to reapply for registration, you'll need to submit a new application and new supporting documents. Your application will be reassessed.
  • To update your application before the expiry date, please contact CRNBC registration at  

Questions? Please contact Christy Kivari, Exam Administrator at or 604.736.7331 ext. 225.

 Why do candidates fail the NCLEX?

Partial or incomplete integration of nursing content

Failure of the exam may indicate that you are weak in one or more areas of nursing content or that you have not sufficiently integrated your knowledge of nursing to respond to situations typically encountered by entry-level registered nurses.

As a first step to correcting this:

  • Reflect on your level of nursing knowledge and the extent to which you have integrated this knowledge.
  • Ask yourself if there are areas of nursing knowledge and practice that you found particularly difficult in your nursing program, clinical experience, in preparing for the examination or in the examination you have recently taken.
  • Evaluate the study methods you used for your previous examination(s). Use CRNBC’s Remediation Worksheet to help you identify new and different study methods for preparing to re-take the examination.

You are the best source to identify your weaknesses. Discuss and confirm your strengths and weaknesses with others that you trust and believe can provide you with accurate feedback (e.g., educators, supervisors, peers and colleagues).

Next, determine how you can prepare differently to retake the examination. Options include:

  • study by yourself
  • study with other candidates
  • use exam prep guides
  • work with a tutor/teacher
  • enrol in an exam preparatory class
Unfamiliarity with exam format

The NCLEX consists of multiple-choice and alternate format questions presented through Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) model. Not everybody is as familiar with this type of testing as they might be with other forms of testing. All answers are marked as either correct or incorrect; there are no marks for knowing some of the answer.

Use a tutor/teacher or look at study guides available on the internet to familiarize yourself with the best approaches and techniques to take a CAT style exam. You should also review the NCLEX website for information about CAT.

Problems coping with the stress of writing exams

What type of stresses do you have in your life right now? Is it the best time to be writing this major exam or do you need to deal with the stresses in your life first and take the exam when life is more relaxed?

Examinations can be very stressful. Stress is an appropriate response to events in our lives. It becomes problematic if our level of stress is too high and we cannot cope effectively. Fatigue and undue stress can affect your performance on the exam. Planning in advance for the examination, scheduling your time effectively for studying, doing other activities and rest-ing, can help reduce your level of stress.

 Next steps

For your next attempt to pass the examination
  • Prepare well in advance. Use CRNBC’s Plan for Remediation Worksheet.
  • Prepare for the examination day by checking the location of the examination centre, and determine how much time you will need to get there.
  • You should not have to study the day before the exam. You may wish to spend the day doing relaxing activities. There are a number of relaxation techniques you can use. Choose one that works for you. Try to be active, but avoid overexer-tion. Most important, get a good night’s sleep the day before the exam.
  • On the day of the exam, eat suitable meals, wear comfortable clothing and bring the information (e.g., instructions received for the exam) you will need.

When it comes to identifying what may have been the difficulties you experienced in taking the exam, you are the best source of information. Focus on what you experienced during the exam.

How will I know I'm ready to retake the NCLEX?
A positive attitude can be a strong ally. Have confidence in yourself. Use the experience you have gained from your previous attempt to pass the examination. One advantage you have over other candidates is that you are familiar with the exam format, how it is administered and what happens on the day of the exam. Keep in mind that you have successfully completed your nursing education and taken remedial steps to correct your weanesses. If you have prepared for the exam, rested well the day before, you will have taken the best steps towards success.

CRNBC is unable to recommend any specific resources for the NCLEX. If you were educated in B.C., you may want to check with your nursing program to see what resources they recommend. There are many organizations that offer NCLEX preparatory materials that you can consider purchasing which you can locate through an internet search, or by asking for referrals from nursing colleagues.

There are many resources available on the NCLEX website that you should review before the exam. Some of these key documents are:

  • Candidate Bulletin
  • Candidate Rules
  • Detailed Test Plan
  • Information about Computer Adaptive Testing
  • FAQs

For further information on the Standards of Practice or professional practice matters, contact us:

  • Telephone 604.736.7331 ext. 332
  • Toll-free in Canada 1.800.565.6505
  • Email
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