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What is the NCLEX?

The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is the national licensing examination for nurses. It is developed and maintained by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). It is a requirement for a nursing license in all 50 states. There are two versions of the NCLEX - the RN and PN. The NCLEX-RN is required for candidates for a Registered Nurse (RN) license and the NCLEX-PN is required for candidates for Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) license. 

The NCLEX is designed to ensure that a candidate has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to safely and effectively practice nursing at the entry-level. 

The NCLEX uses Computer Adaptive Testing which means that as you answer questions, the computer assess and reassesses your knowledge, skill and ability level. The computer chooses your next question based on your ability level. You can learn more about computer adaptive testing by clicking here. 

Boston Public Library

All Massachusetts residents and students are eligible for a free e-card from the Boston Public Library. Click here to get more information and to sign up:

BPL has acquired several up-to-date NCLEX review in electronic format. You can check out the ebooks using your BPL ecard!

Clicking these links will bring you to the Boston Public Library online catalog. 

LearningExpress Library from the Boston Public Library

LearningExpress Library is an online program that you have access to using your BPL E-card. It includes test preparation materials and practice exams for K-12 subjects, high school equivalency, college and graduate admissions, military, U.S. citizenship, and professional licensing and certification exams. This includes NCLEX flashcards, practices tests, and study guides. 

To find NCLEX review material: 

  • Click this link to access LearningExpress through BPL
  • Login using your BPL E-Card number and PIN
  • At the top of the page, click "Sign In/Register" and create a personal account
  • Once you have created a personal account and signed in, Search "NCLEX" in the search box in the middle of the page. 
  • From there you will be able explore all the NCLEX study material available.

If you have questions about using LearningExpress Library, please contact the Boston Public Library or click here to watch video tutorials. 

The following ebooks are also available through the Boston Public Library by using your BPL e-card.

Online Resources

Most online NCLEX review materials are part of paid services - you can purchase books, flashcards, or online review materials and practice tests; however many of these paid services also offer some free materials or a free trial period that you can use without or before making a purchase. Be careful to read the fine print regarding cost and free trial periods before ever giving a company your credit card information.