Pearson Vue Trick

The Pearson Vue NCLEX trick is a way to see your NCLEX results prior to receiving your official score from the Board of Nursing. In this article we’ll walk through the steps to try the trick, what the different pop-ups mean, the accuracy of the results, and more. Nursing Students NCLEX Article Video


Pearson Vue Trick (PVT) Overview

The Pearson Vue Trick involves attempting to re-register for the same exam and viewing the pop-up response message from the Pearson Vue site.

The pop-up you receive from Pearson Vue, is directionally indicative of whether or not you passed your NCLEX. There are four different pop-ups that could appear on your screen after you have performed the trick. We'll walk through each.

Good Pop-up

There are two good pop-ups, the actual wording may vary slightly but here are the most common responses:

  1. Our records indicate that you have recently scheduled this exam. Another registration cannot be made at this time.
  2. The candidate currently has an open registration for this exam. A new registration cannot be made at this time.

Bad Pop-up

The bad pop-up response is, "Card declined…”. There may be a reason for your card declining added to the response.

Results on Hold

The fourth potential response, "The candidate currently has test results that are on hold. Another registration cannot be made at this time.”, doesn't indicate a positive or negative result. If you receive this response you may need to wait longer and try again.

No matter which pop-up you receive it is not a science and we'll share our data on accuracy next.

How Accurate is the Pearson Vue Trick?

As one of the most popular subjects in our community, we've had more than 20,000 survey responses, comments and posts since 2014.

According to our survey of just over 1,400 NCLEX test takers, the trick is 93% accurate. This is regardless of pop-up received.


We tried to pull as many of the more recent, clear responses and survey answers as possible. In order to improve our data on the accuracy of the Pearson Vue Trick, we kindly ask that you share your results in our accuracy survey for future readers. When we receive enough responses we will update this page with the new data.

Can You Get the Bad Pop-up and Still Pass?

Yes, there are many nurses in our community who have passed with the bad pop-up.

Does the Pearson Vue Trick Work in 2023?

The test is still roughly 90% accurate when just including data from 2022 and 2023. The sample size is smaller, so the degree of confidence is not quite as high.

Step-by-Step Guide to the Pearson Vue Trick

Looking to try the PVT trick? Assuming you've already taken the NCLEX, here's the step-by-step process:

  1. Go to the Pearson Vue login page and enter your account information. Follow the prompts as required.
  2. Click on the "register tab" and re-register for the NCLEX exam. Here's where you'll be asked to enter your credit card information. As a first attempt, you may want to consider entering an incorrect expiration date and cvv code to potentially avoid being charged. If you receive a response that the card is invalid, then consider entering the correct information. If you are charged, consider calling your credit company for a refund if you are not refunded.
  3. Verify your information. Make sure that everything you've entered is correct before submitting the form.
  4. Click on the submit button. This is where you will see the pop-up response. Take note of your response or take a screenshot so you can check your results based on the pop-up you received.

How Long After Taking NCLEX Does the Pearson Vue Trick Work?

Most test-takers wait until they've received the confirmation email stating that they've completed the NCLEX Exam. For the best accuracy, many of our readers suggest trying the trick within the first 24 hours after taking the exam.

Is the PVT Worth Trying?

It comes down to personal preference whether you want to try the trick or not. There are pros and cons to consider.


  • Immediate NCLEX results: The Pearson Vue trick can give you an idea of whether you passed or failed the NCLEX-RN or  NCLEX-RNexam almost immediately after you take it, instead of waiting for official results to be released.
  • Cost-effective: You do not need to pay for additional testing fees to determine whether you passed or failed the exam.
  • Emotional relief: If you see the "good" pop-up message, you may feel relieved and be able to reduce some of the stress and anxiety you feel while waiting for official results.


  • Not 100% reliable: As our survey results showed, the Pearson Vue trick is not 100% accurate, and it is not an official way of determining whether you passed or failed the NCLEX exam.
  • Anxiety and stress: The Pearson Vue trick can also cause additional anxiety and stress for those who received the "bad" pop-up message, which could be inaccurate and false.

Getting Official NCLEX Results

To get your official NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN results, you will need to wait for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to send your results to your state board of nursing. Official results take approximately six weeks, but that varies by state or country.

Quick Results Service, Unofficial Results

You may be eligible to review your unofficial results with the quick results service, as early as two business days after your exam. The service currently costs $7.95.

To see if you're eligible, check your candidate profile on Keep in mind these results are technically unofficial.


Q: What Does "Results on Hold" Mean?

A: If you receive a message that says "results on hold" after attempting the PVT, it means that your exam results are being reviewed by the NCLEX Program staff.

There are various reasons why your exam results may be on hold. It could be due to technical issues, or there may have been irregularities during your exam that require further investigation. For example, if there were technical issues during your exam, such as problems with the testing equipment, it could result in your exam results being placed on hold.

"Results on hold" is not an indication of passing or failing the NCLEX exam.

Q: My Credit Card Was Declined, What Does This Mean?

A: This doesn't mean you failed. While this is potentially the result of a "bad pop-up", there are definitely examples of nurses receiving the bad pop-up and passing

It may also mean your credit card is invalid, or was entered incorrectly. It may be worth trying the process again.

STAFF NOTE: Original Community Post 

This article was created in response to a community post. The comments and responses have been left intact as they may be helpful. Here's the original post:


I did the pearson vue trick 2 hours after my test, and got the good pop up. Now when I do it, I get no pop up, and it almost lets me pay again. Does this mean I failed? Has anyone experienced this? 

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Did you find out if you passed? I did mine several times and I kept getting the good pop up. I am not sure if the PVT is legitimate but it seems like it is for the good pop up. There are those who have received the bad pop up and still passed. 

Wishing you the best. Hope you passed!

Specializes in LVN, RN Geriatrics.

In reality getting the bad pop almost always means a fail. There is a video of a guy that breaks it all down statistically and good pop up is relatively 90% or more you passed. If you get a "pending results/review" does not mean you failed! It can mean you passed and there was some type of anomaly like going through the test to fast. I know it is hard to do but its best to just wait it out until you see the results. 

Specializes in Critical Care.

I took my NCLEX this Saturday and got the "good popup" when I checked about an hour after my test. On Monday I found out I passed. I have a friend who took the test the day before me and it worked for her too.

Specializes in Graduate.

Thanks for the replies everyone, I did indeed pass! 

Specializes in Dialysis.

Please and I repeat please do not go by the trick. It’s not 100% accurate. I took my exam and like most people I did the trick. I got the bad pop up multiple times. I was so disappointed and quite frustrated but it was all for absolutely nothing because I ended up passing. I can’t stop praising God, for nothing is impossible. I did all 145 questions. I had 50 SATA. Bad pop up and still passed. I’ve heard people mention this but I never believed it till I experienced it. Do yourselves a favor, don’t rely solely on the trick. Good Luck all and God Bless!

I took the exam yesterday (sat)  and stopped at @85. I tried the PVT, my payment went through, I forgot to change my information in my card. is that a bad sign? Now, everytime I check, it says "the candidate currently has an open reg for this exam. a new registration cannot be created at this time"

Please let me know guys

Specializes in NICU.
Nurse Alexa said:

Hope this helps you guys in using the PVT. All Nurses and I have teamed up to give you a step-by-step guide with video instructional.

This is all for your benefit so use it and ease your anxiety a little after you take your test ? 

You are doing a disservice to new grads by legitimizing the PVT trick. They are attempting to determine pass/fail based on a scheduling and payment processing software of Pearson Vue. It was never intended to be used as a "PVT trick". Prior to 2014, the PVT trick only used the scheduling software. It gave you a pop-up to allow you to schedule another test or it would not allow you to schedule a test. After 2014, you had to enter your credit card number. There are numerous factors that will give you an erroneous pop-up. There have been many people that got the "good pop-up" and failed and many people that got the "bad pop-up" and passed. 

Why doesn't AllNurses ask someone from Pearson Vue to discuss this trick on this site. We can finally find the true answers if PVT can be at all accurate or just people having Confirmation Bias, in which the PVT pop-up matched their result by pure coincidence. 

Why not use a coin toss to determine pass/fail. Heads you passed or tails you failed. You will then have a bunch of people come on here and say "I did the coin toss, got heads and actually passed. The coin toss trick is 100% accurate". Another option is Magic 8 ball. That has been used for decades to determine an answer.