The NCSBN Board of Directors approved a recommended list of security criteria from the NCSBN NCLEX Examination Committee (criterion detailed below). The initial international locations were selected because they rated highly across all criteria under consideration:
- National Security
The NCLEX Examination Committee only considered locations that have favorable reports regarding security and economic climate from the U.S. Department of State (www.state.gov).
- Examination Security
Because of the high security and administration standards required for the NCLEX examination, only locations where Pearson VUE can build, staff and replicate current Pearson Professional Centers (the same as in current member board jurisdictions) were considered.
- Similarity with U.S. Intellectual Property and Copyright Laws
The NCLEX Examination Committee selected countries for initial consideration that are generally regarded by the U.S. government and industry as areas that minimize risk for new business ventures.
- Pearson Locations with High Stakes Testing
The NCLEX Examination Committee considered the experiences of other high stakes testing programs and test service in international markets.