How Can I Challenge the LPN Board Exam?

Whether a test taker can challenge the results of the National Council Licensure Examination for licensed practical nursing depends on the policies of the regulatory board overseeing nursing in the test taker's jurisdiction. These boards have the option to implement an appeal process, and some do not exercise this option.

Each state requires practical nurses to be licensed and registered with the regulatory board of his or her jurisdiction, which is usually the state where he or she practices. The national exam that is administered to prospective licensed practical nurses is the National Council Licensure Examination, or the NCLEX. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing oversees the curriculum of the test, and a testing provider administers it at test locations throughout the United States and Canada.

The Review and Challenge process is an optional procedure available to regulatory boards. The procedure allows a prospective licensed practical nurse who took the exam to review specific questions with a representative of the regulatory board. Then, a member of the staff of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing decides whether the test taker's challenge is valid. However, not all regulatory boards participate in the Review and Challenge process. To find out if this is an option available, test takers should contact the nursing board of the jurisdiction where they wish to practice.