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Can anyone tell me which state does not require english proficiency test? I'm from Philippines a new BSN graduate. The English proficiency test is too expensive. I'm trying to save some money if there is a state that doesn't require english proficiency test for NCLEX-RN.

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 27 years experience.

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Can anyone tell me which state does not require english proficiency test? I'm from Philippines a new BSN graduate. The English proficiency test is too expensive. I'm trying to save some money if there is a state that doesn't require english proficiency test for NCLEX-RN.

It doesn't matter if the other 49 states do not require the English proficiency tests or course evaluations reviews, if the real desired state you wish to find a job immediately passing the NCLEX, if that desired state does require the English proficiency testing, guess what?

You're going to have to meet that English requirement even if you try to endorse over to the real desired state. You will also have to re-pay another set of non-refundable application fees to the real desired state.

So in the end, you just wasted more of your precious time (waiting for test results and BON evaluation) and threw away more money (TOEFL expenses and application fees and course evaluation cost) than you needed to, which you could have avoided in the first place by simply trying to meet the real desired state's requirements.

This is a very common process with many international students and nurses and a common trend of "this is how to get around the difficult parts", which only leads to loss of time to find a job and the countless times of "why does my state want all these requirements", "why is my state being so difficult", why, why, why.

That's because of the bad advice from others who "knew" of their friend of a friend from another friend's friends experience, who's mother of their auntie's nursing friend from their cousin's nursing friend and was successful, but in the end, it was all a dreamland fairy tale (for the most part).

Times have changed.

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Hi! I'm a filipina nurse too, well, @steppybay's advise is true. If you're living and planning to pursue your nursing career in a state that doesn't require TOEFL or IELTS, then you're lucky. Honestly, I'm afraid of taking the TOEFL, because I'm not a native speaker and rarely speaks english at home, just got here in the US last May 2015. But we need to do it because we're doing it based on their rules, not ours. I'm here in WA state and currently preparing myself for TOEFL on Aug 1. If I fail, then I need to try again,haha If I passed, that would be awesome!! :D

By the way, how much is the TOEFL or IELTS exam in your state? Here, it's 190$ for TOEFL ( which is not bad ) but IELTS is more expensive :/

By the way, how much is the TOEFL or IELTS exam in your state? Here, it's 190$ for TOEFL ( which is not bad ) but IELTS is more expensive :/

Here is $200. .

Oh I see, not a big difference though, but my husband needs to pay 230$ because he's taking the exam in Japan, if you don't mind, what state are you at? because I know some states, the English test is being waived for some immigrants, like our friend in Illinois. He's a filipino nurse too.

I'm not in the state yet. Planning to get a license in Florida. Hoping to bypass the english exam that's why i keep searching for a state that doesn't require english proficiency exam.

NICUmiiki, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU/PICU Flight Nursing. Has 6 years experience.

The only way to find out is to look at the application for each state.

Do you plan to move to Florida? Or just stay in the state you find that doesn't require an English proficiency test?

Yes. I plan to move to Florida if I get a Licence there.

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

Yes. I plan to move to Florida if I get a Licence there.

Then why waste time and money? Just apply to FL BoN and see if CGFNS considered your education equivalent and delivered with sufficient English language to exempt you from the demonstration of English proficiency requirements. If you wish to live & work in Florida applying to another state won't erase the FL BL requirements and it will only increase your expenses when you are trying to save money

Then why waste time and money? Just apply to FL BoN and see if CGFNS considered your education equivalent and delivered with sufficient English language to exempt you from the demonstration of English proficiency requirements. If you wish to live & work in Florida applying to another state won't erase the FL BL requirements and it will only increase your expenses when you are trying to save money

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Can anyone tell me which state does not require english proficiency test? I'm from Philippines a new BSN graduate. The English proficiency test is too expensive. I'm trying to save some money if there is a state that doesn't require english proficiency test for NCLEX-RN.

Let's consider you pass the nclex in a state that does not require english proficiency.. What are you planning to do next? Will you practice in that state or will you still endorse it in florida? Anyway, I know New Mexico & Texas does not require English Proficiency test for Filipino graduates because nursing program was given in english.

But if you are planning to endorse your license to florida after you pass the nclex from another state, I advice that you apply directly to Florida to save you time, effort and money😊