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I took my NCLEX-RN test at 8 am and now it says "test results on hold". What does this mean? So anxious

It means just that: your results are on Hold.

Why? Could be one of a variety of reasons, including a hand scan that had to be repeated because it didn't "take" the first time, issues with the testing center (power, etc), concern over you or ANYONE ELSE in the testing center cheating, you taking a much shorter time to complete the test than average, basically ANY anomaly will be cause for a Hold. All it means is that a review will be done of your exam to ensure there were no security breaches.

Holds typically last somewhere between 24 and 48 hours, after which time the results will be released to the State BoN.

The presence or absence of a Hold has no bearing on your passing or failing the exam itself.

xoemmylouox, ASN, RN

Has 13 years experience.

It means you have to wait because the "test results are on hold". It could mean a number of things. I know how tough it is to wait it out, but trust me we have it much easier now than back in the day. They had to wait for results to be mailed to them.. Can you imagine waiting several weeks or more for results. When I took the NCLEX PN I waited 48hrs. Then I checked my state website and it showed an active license. That is how I found out. I didn't obsess over it. Go outside and do something to distract yourself.

Pixie.RN, MSN, RN

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 13 years experience.

I have moved your post to the NCLEX forum to encourage responses. Hang in there! :)

Thanks RNsRWe!!! This is my second time taking it. The first time I did all the questions. This time it cut off at 101. I am a nervous wreck!

It doesn't show on hold anymore. It now just says quick results are not available yet. This is my second time taking it. The first time I got all the questions and did not pass. This time I got 101 questions ?????

I found out at 2 am that I failed for the second time. I am devastated!!! I am at a total loss on what to do. Financially this has drained me as well as emotionally and mentally!

Jensmom7, BSN, RN

Specializes in Hospice. Has 36 years experience.

After reading several threads on this subject, I really wonder which is worse; the six weeks I had to wait back in 1979 to get my Board results via snail mail, or the obsessive "check it every 15 minutes" mentality of today.

The one thing that was better in 1979: Boards were 5 separate books (Medical, Surgical, Pediatrics, OB and Psych). You had to pass all 5. If you failed any, you just had to retake that one (or those lol). So, at least you didn't have to review ALL the things, just what you failed before.

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience.

After reading several threads on this subject, I really wonder which is worse; the six weeks I had to wait back in 1979 to get my Board results via snail mail, or the obsessive "check it every 15 minutes" mentality of today.

The one thing that was better in 1979: Boards were 5 separate books (Medical, Surgical, Pediatrics, OB and Psych). You had to pass all 5. If you failed any, you just had to retake that one (or those lol). So, at least you didn't have to review ALL the things, just what you failed before.

Me, personally, I'd rather do it the "old" way. At least you'd only have to retake one section & not the whole test! :)

Jensmom7, BSN, RN

Specializes in Hospice. Has 36 years experience.

There was also a rumor that if you passed, you got a skinny envelope, and if you failed you got a thick envelope with the paperwork for re-submitting. Personally, I don't know if it was true or not; I passed on the first try and got a thin envelope-one sheet of paper with my scores and "Congratulations! You're a Real Nurse now!" (That last part may not have been put exactly that way, my memory is a little fuzzy lol).

Pixie.RN, MSN, RN

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 13 years experience.

I found out at 2 am that I failed for the second time. I am devastated!!! I am at a total loss on what to do. Financially this has drained me as well as emotionally and mentally!

Clearly you need to change your study strategy. Did you do anything different between your first and second attempts? Have you taken or considered taking a formal review course?