Pearson Vue Trick 2022 NCLEX - Does the PVT still work?

Article last updated and current as of 9/15/2022

How Accurate is the PVT?

We have dedicated a full post to PVT accuracy here:

YES! The Pearson Vue trick still works, and yes it will work for both the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN :slight_smile:

The Pearson Vue trick is a way to see if you’ve passed your NCLEX without getting your official results.

Take our PVT result analysis quiz here:

How to do the PVT

Step 1

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.

Wait until you receive this email from Pearson Vue:

You’ve Completed the NCLEX - But You Still Have Questions

We suggest you wait at least 2 hours before doing the PVT after submitting your NCLEX at Pearson Vue’s testing center.

Step 2

Go to 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.

Passing message

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.

Failing results

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?

Not really

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.

Does the PVT work during COVID-19?


The coronavirus COVID-19 has no impact on the PVT. Even with the NCLEX changes due to COVID-19, the PVT remains accurate for test-takers.

What if I failed?

Try again

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:

You can read more about common NCLEX rumors and get the facts here:

How is the NCLEX Scored? Quick Facts for NCLEX 2020


Just to share… I took my test at 12:30 pm and it ended at 2:30 pm. It ended at 75 questions and at least half the test if not more were select all that apply, which horrified me. I did not feel bad walking out though. I tried the Pearson Vue trick earlier, and just now, and I still get the message that claims I passed the test. I should be getting my results back soon and will follow up and confirm that I did indeed pass.


Congrats man, that’s awesome news! Let us know when it’s official!

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Officially, I passed my NCLEX! So it stands to reason that the Pearson-Vue registration trick is legitimate.

From having read this site and learning more about the NCLEX after the fact, the advice I would impart to those about to take it is, practice your select all that apply questions. There can and will be a ton of them, and if you were hoping to dodge them…. that probably won’t be the case. Good luck!


Amazing! Welcome to the fold, brother!

I agree with you about the SATAs being a majority of the questions when you’re doing well. In the middle of your test you might feel like you’re doing horribly but so long as you’re testing in the upper echelon of the test bank (i.e. above the passing threshold), you’ll be fine even if you get about half of them wrong. It might seem weird to you since you’re not used to taking computer adaptive tests, but trust me, you’ll be okay :slight_smile:


i took the NCLEX-PN in california, quick results are not available here so the waiting game especially sucks because there is absolutely nothing anyone can do about it…that is until the PVT came around. i tried it and have been trying it since i got home from finishing the test and it shut me off at 85 (minimum for PN) and i was freaking out. until my results show up on the california board site…i may continue to freak out lol. but anyways, i get the first message as shown above each and every time. eagerly waiting for my # to populate SOMEWHERE.

So long as the site won’t let you pay again, I think you’re good. I have seen a few people claiming to have gotten the “good popup” but still failed. However, they were able to pay for a new test registration. That part is likely the key rather than simply the message, but they usually go together.

I tried the PVT after I took my NCLEX last week, and I probably only waited as long as it took to get home from the testing center, so less than 1 hour. I got a good pop-up and they didn’t let me pay for another test.

Sure enough a few days later I saw my official license pop up on the board of nursing website. I believe in the PVT!

P.S. Articles like these really helped ease my anxiety, so thank you!


I’ve never heard of someone being able to pay for another registration who ended up passing their NCLEX. I think this is the big differentiator.


I agree 100% If someone wants to call BS on the PVT, they’d have to pay for another registration and still pass.


Hi! Here’s to hoping…

I took the NCLEX-RN today and finished the exam with the entire 265 questions in five hours. I couldn’t believe I got the whole question bank and I was so burnt out after the exam I walked out crying. I did the best I possibly could but still felt so defeated. I had my friend who was with me do the PVT trick using my account because I was too scared to do it (lol). We got the good pop up but I’m still so nervous!!! I took the exam at 11:30am. Finished at 4:30pm and tried the pop up around 6:45pm and it said “our records indicate you have recently scheduled this exam. Another registration cannot be made at this time.”

Do you think I’m in the safe zone of passing?


Hey, welcome! According to the PVT, you passed :confetti_ball:

Unless you got through to a payment gateway which it sounds like you didn’t, you should be good to go. Be sure to let us know if you get your official pass results in a few days :slight_smile:

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OMG you poor thing. I hope you pass, the trick worked for me too :blush:


Okay! Thank you! It brought me all the way to put my credit card information in and when I did that is the message I received.

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Hi everyone. I PASSED :heart:


Hi! I also took the test yesterday. I finished with 75 questions at 4 pm. I got the good pop up yesterday and today! How did you find out that you passed? I keep checking everywhere and just want to know for sure!

Congrats on the official results @Kailynd_Ann!

Everyone I know has had good luck with the PVT so far. I totally believe in it!


Hey there. When I took the NCLEX in 2013, we all tried the Pearson Vue trick. Everyone I know who ended up passing got a popup message and couldn’t enter their payment info for another registration.

In Virginia where I live, all my friends and I just kept checking the state board of nursing website and doing a license lookup until we saw our license pop up. It usually takes a couple of days, but I hear some states like California take way longer because their bureaucracy is a lot slower at processing everything.

Thanks Dave! I have been checking Illinois board of nursing website and Pearson Vue quick results. Still says no results available! I’m so anxious!

Hi I would just like to say I took NCLEX in June 2018. My test shut off at 79 questions and despite the (what I thought) hard questions, select-alls, and ordering, I felt cautiously confident that I’d passed. I was eager for my results and I decided to check out the Pearson Vue trick. Much to my dismay, I DID NOT GET A POP-UP. I spent the next two days crying and sick to my stomach at the thought of taking it again. I just want future test-takers to know that while the trick may work for some, IT DID NOT WORK FOR ME, I PASSED!!! Just thought I’d share my experience.

my advice: wait the two days and pay the $8 for unofficial quick results and save yourself the agony!!!