Quote from arys1075
what ms suzanne4 said is true. i took nclex in london directly without taking actual cgfns exam. although you need to show cgfns (visa screen) certificate from ces. don't be confused about these 2. i also took ielts last year and i applied in ca.
the visa screen certificate is not the same as the cgfns certificate.
visa screen certificate: requires passing of either nclex-rn or cgfns exam and the english exams, if not waived for your country. actually handled thru ichp, which is a sister company of cgfns.
cgfns certificate: what you receive when you pass the cgfns exam, and one of the required basic english exams, such as toeic, toefl, or ielts.
ces: credentials evaluation done by cgfns, and does not give a certificate. it is required by some boards of nursing before they will permit you to take the nclex-rn exam.
hope that this clears up things for all of you.