Pearson Vue Trick "Facts"

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    Since the PVT is one of the largest points of discussion here and the questions are repeated over and over I thought I would provide some insight.

    Pearson Vue Trick "Facts"

    Hello everyone!

    After you test you should receive an email stating something along the lines of "Now that you've completed your NCLEX blah blah blah". It is at this point that you can try the PVT to get an IDEA where you stand. However, your test is graded twice. Once automatically and once by Pearson Vue staff just to be sure the computer got it right. This usually happens within the first 24 hours and is why many say the results are only accurate post 24 hours. In which case you really could be failing at first and then when the 15 research questions are removed you could be passing and vice versa.


    When you try the PVT you can use a prepaid card that has very little money on it, or put in your correct CC number and incorrect CVC (security code), whether or not you put in the correct expiration date is up to you, but I would change it to be safe. Once you officially submit the payment you will get one of four pop ups--

    Our records indicate that you have recently scheduled this exam. Another registration cannot be made at this time.~~~GOOD POPUP

    The candidate currently has an open registration for this exam. A new registration cannot be made at this time.~~~GOOD POPUP

    Card declined (for whatever reason)~~~BAD POPUP


    The candidate currently has test results that are on hold. Another registration cannot be made at this time.~~~Means NOTHING, they are simply taking another look at your exam to be sure you didn't cheat. This could be from odd movements during your test that caught their eye, difficult palm vein scans, finishing quickly, something that happened with the computer system that you had no idea about, your computer cut off in the middle of your test, literally anything they deemed as suspicious or the computer flagged.

    Once the hold is lifted you will either get the good or the bad popup.


    Please note that if your pop up isn't worded EXACTLY like this or is SLIGHTLY different it still means the SAME THING. Therefore, do not freak out thinking you did/didn't pass because of that.

    Are there people who do everything exactly right and the PVT doesn't work for them? YES. However, that number is VERY small and most of the time the people it "doesn't work" for did not do it correctly. If done correctly it will work and will be rather accurate as it is with the OVERWHELMING majority of testers.

    Is it possible to be charged and still pass? Yes it is and if you do then you are one of those people that I talked about when I said some didn't do the trick correctly. The PVT is simply an exploitation of the company's billing software in a way that wasn't meant to be. Therefore, if you punch in all of the credit card info and it takes your money..... oh well, it's doing what it is designed to do.

    The PVT isn't definite because it wasn't designed to be. However, overwhelming majority proves that it is rather accurate, but should only be used as an idea of where you stand until you either get your quick results, or see your name on your BON.

    I believe I have covered most of the topics that I see regularly asked. If you get a good pop up, take it as a good chance that you passed and relax until you get your results. If you get the bad one recognize that it means you probably failed, but you will not know until you get your results.

    I failed my first time taking the NCLEX and got the bad pop up, passed the second time with the good pop up. The most important thing is to not drive yourself CRAZY scouring the internet trying to find situations just like yours or asking a million times whether or not we all believe you passed because it'll only stress you out more. TRUST ME I KNOW. Good luck to you all! The NCLEX will really mess with your mind, but we all made it through nursing school and assuming you put your best foot forward while there, you CAN and WILL PASS the NCLEX!!!!
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  4. by   Skyride
    >In which case you really could be failing at first and then when the 15 research questions are removed you could be passing and vice versa.

    Is this referring to the 15 out of first 75 questions which do not count towards the result or the research test questions we get after completing the exam (new format ones, etc.)?

    Anyways really insightful post! Thank you.
  5. by   HopefulGradNurse
    Quote from Skyride
    >In which case you really could be failing at first and then when the 15 research questions are removed you could be passing and vice versa.

    Is this referring to the 15 out of first 75 questions which do not count towards the result or the research test questions we get after completing the exam (new format ones, etc.)?

    Anyways really insightful post! Thank you.
    Yes it is and thank you! I just hope it helps with all the questions that get posted about the PVT.
  6. by   hrn12
    This would have been so helpful when I took the NCLEX a few years ago. I only had ever heard of the good/bad pop-ups. When I tried it, I got the results on hold option, which no one had ever mentioned when I was in school. I was so confused!
  7. by   HopefulGradNurse
    Hopefully it'll help a lot of others!
  8. by   Watermaster
    The NCLEX is the hurdle we all feared as we progressed through nursing school. I have empirical knowledge about the 'absolute fact' regarding the Pearson Vue Trick...

    1) Purchase Hurst Review (Live)
    2) Take the Hurst Review
    3) Study your Hurst Review workbook (provided)
    4) Sit for the NCLEX
    5) Screen shuts off (goes blue) after you answer question 75.
    6) Congratulations you passed, NO Pearson Vue trick necessary
    7) That's a fact!
    8-∞) YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES, YOU CAN DO THIS

    Worry and fear of failure were my greatest enemy throughout RN school, including my preparation for the NCLEX.
    It was unfounded
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  9. by   Nalon1 RN/EMT-P
    Quote from Watermaster
    The NCLEX is the hurdle we all feared as we progressed through nursing school. I have empirical knowledge about the 'absolute fact' regarding the Pearson Vue Trick...

    1) Purchase Hurst Review (Live)
    2) Take the Hurst Review
    3) Study your Hurst Review workbook (provided)
    4) Sit for the NCLEX
    5) Screen shuts off (goes blue) after you answer question 75.
    6) Congratulations you passed, NO Pearson Vue trick necessary
    7) That's a fact!
    8-∞) YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES, YOU CAN DO THIS

    Worry and fear of failure were my greatest enemy throughout RN school, including my preparation for the NCLEX.
    It was unfounded
    You can fail with 75 question. That is the fact.
    The likelyhood of failing with 75 is low, but there are some that have failed at 75.
  10. by   HopefulGradNurse
    Quote from Nalon1 RN/EMT-P
    You can fail with 75 question. That is the fact.
    The likelyhood of failing with 75 is low, but there are some that have failed at 75.
    Exactly, I failed my first time with 75 questions and passed the second with 75 questions.
  11. by   Extra Pickles
    There are no statistics at all on what percentage of test takers fail with 75 questions or pass with 75 questions. A useful statistic that does exist is that approximately 85 percent of first-time testers pass the exam regardless of the number of questions. The percentage fluctuates each quarter of each year but it usually is right around 85%.

    Failing with 75 questions means the test-taker did so poorly that there was no expectation that he or she would be able to pass that day regardless of the number of potential questions offered. No need to continue, incompetence proven. Passing with 75 questions means that the 95% confidence threshold that the CAT system of the NCLEX uses to determine competence was met at that point. No need to go further, competence proven.

    Regarding the PVT game I don't believe I've seen a single person who said they did the PVT once, accepted the result, and moved on. Looks like anyone who wants to do it does it over and over and over either hoping the result changes or the result doesn't change. Time would be better spent doing something FUN after all that work!
  12. by   Interstellar95
    Is it possible to get the "good sign" when you tried 4 hours after receiving the Pearson email and again 2 & 8 hours after that, followed by a "bad sign" and evidently fail after the 24 hours?

    I've been getting good signs after receiving the email, but totally terrified of how the 24 hour mark could change it ...
  13. by   HopefulGradNurse
    Quote from Interstellar95
    Is it possible to get the "good sign" when you tried 4 hours after receiving the Pearson email and again 2 & 8 hours after that, followed by a "bad sign" and evidently fail after the 24 hours?

    I've been getting good signs after receiving the email, but totally terrified of how the 24 hour mark could change it ...
    Yes, please read the first paragraph
  14. by   Purity83
    Shed some light on...who are the select candidates who do the research questions?
  15. by   HopefulGradNurse
    Quote from Purity83
    Shed some light on...who are the select candidates who do the research questions?
    National Council of State Boards of Nursing only says that starting July 2017 select candidates will receive the research questions. Therefore, I would say that it's up to interpretation as to what that means exactly. It could mean that "select candidates" really means totally at random, or it could mean that the computer decides based on how the candidate does on their test as to whether or not they will receive the additional research questions. I specify additional because I want to be sure anyone who reads this understands that EVERYONE who takes the NCLEX receives 15 research questions within the 1st 75 questions of their test that do not apply towards their score. After the first 75 questions, every question will be a live question that counts toward their score until their test either cuts off, or they get a screen stating from that point forward the questions are all research questions.

    In conclusion, you could speculate that only those who do well on the test will receive the research questions and by well I mean if you pass the test. However, it's not clear.

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