Article last updated and current as of 1/5/2020
YES! The Pearson Vue trick still works, and yes it will work for both the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN
The Pearson Vue trick is a way to see if you’ve passed your NCLEX without getting your official results.
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How to do the PVT
Submit your NCLEX and wait for the results to be transmitted to the main Pearson Vue servers. This will most likely be almost immediate, but it may take up to a few hours after you click the submit button at your NCLEX testing location.
We suggest you wait at least 2 hours before doing the PVT after submitting your NCLEX at Pearson Vue’s testing center.
Go to http://www.pearsonvue.com/nclex/ to try and re-register for another NCLEX.
WARNING! We suggest you use an old credit card, or an empty gift card to prevent getting charged during this trick. Pearson Vue and the NCSBN state that they do not issue refunds for any reason.
Some people have said that a current credit card with the wrong expiration date will work, but others claim it will interfere with the PVT because the payment must be legitimate in order to advance to the final step. You can try it, but it might not work.
PVT Results Explanation
Passing results: The Good Popup
The most accurate passing result is the inability to pay to re-register for another NCLEX attempt.
If Pearson Vue lets you re-register for another NCLEX attempt and actually takes your money, then this is not a passing result.
That being said, there are a few pop-ups or messages that have been associated with a passing NCLEX attempt.
Our records indicate that you have recently scheduled this exam. Another registration cannot be made at this time.
Alternate passing message
Our records indicate that you have recently scheduled this exam. Please contact your Member Board for further assistance. Another registration cannot be made at this time.
Please note that with either of these messages (or even lack of any message at all), the most important factor is payment.
The “good” email: No performance report
There really isn’t a good email, but rather an email that is sent to everyone who takes the NCLEX and is something along the lines of this:
You’ve Completed the NCLEX - But You Still Have Questions
Once again, this email is sent to EVERYONE who takes the NCLEX, pass or fail so it’s not exactly good, but it’s definitely not bad. The performance report is different and is only sent to those who failed.
Not getting a candidate performance report (CPR) is considered a passing indicator.
There are a few things that indicate a failed NCLEX attempt.
1. Attempted Payment Processing
If the website lets you follow through with an additional registration attempt and attempts to process your payment (either accepts it, or rejects it based on incorrect payment info) this is a very bad sign, and it is likely that you have not passed the NCLEX. It’s not 100%, but the majority of people don’t pass if this happens.
Why is this a failing indicator?
It is more than likely that Pearson Vue has designed its website to not process payments from people who have passed their NCLEX. Although they state that they do not issue refunds, they still don’t want angry people brigading them for refunds.
2. The “bad” email: You get a Candidate Performance Report (CPR)
Candidate performance reports are only sent to people who failed the NCLEX, so if you get one emailed to you, then, unfortunately, you have not passed. This is 100% accurate.
NCLEX Results are on Hold???
The candidate currently has test results that are on hold. A new registration cannot be created at this time.
There are many possibilities for why your results may be on hold, and it does not mean that you have passed or failed, but simply that the results are not finalized for whatever reason.
Will the PVT work for me if my results are on hold?
If you get this message that your results are on hold, then the PVT will not work for you… yet. In this holding period, you cannot get an accurate PVT result (good or bad) and unfortunately, you just have to wait out the hold.
We recommend that you try the PVT again at a later time, and hopefully whatever was causing the hold will be resolved sooner rather than later so that you can try the PVT and actually get a pass or fail result.
Is there a bad popup?
The “bad” popup is a source of contention amongst the PVT community. Some believe there are bad popups, and others believe the only “bad” outcome is attempted payment processing for another test registration.
Is the Pearson Vue trick accurate?
Yes, the Pearson Vue trick works!
Yes, for years now, hundreds of thousands of people have had luck using this method before the official results are processed and posted. The reason for the delay in official results is because they need to be verified by a human and paperwork needs to be processed in conjunction with your state’s board of nursing.
Is the Pearson Vue trick free?
You do not have to pay for the Pearson Vue trick, as it is an unofficial NCLEX results hack.
Is the Pearson Vue trick different from “Quick Results”?
The trick is actually a faster and completely free alternative to Pearson Vue’s “Quick Results” which are official results but will cost you. The trick is not official. Click below to find out our thoughts on quick NCLEX quick results:
Does the PVT always work?
There are rare cases when the PVT will not be accurate and give you a definitive answer on whether or not you passed your NCLEX.
On rare occasions, people have been able to pay for another registration or had rejected payment information and were told that their results were on hold. This is likely the result of an NCLEX automated grading rule that needs to be certified by a human before a pass or fail is assigned to the test.
How long should I wait before trying the PVT?
Wait until you get the email
You should be able to get an accurate PVT result after receiving the email stating the following:
You’ve Completed the NCLEX - But You Still Have Questions
Even if you get the email immediately, we suggest you wait at least 2 hours before doing the PVT after submitting your NCLEX at Pearson Vue’s testing center.
Does the PVT work on weekends and holidays?
This is a computer-driven solution that does not require business days or humans to process, only a working internet connection between the testing center and the main Pearson Vue servers.
What if I failed?
It is unfortunate to fail the NCLEX, but it does not have to be the end. In the U.S., you can test again in 45 days. In the meantime, search for some good NCLEX test prep programs, you can see some recommendations here:
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