Test shut off at 60, "Bad Pop-Up".... Still Passed

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I wanted to make this post because I am coming out of 24 hours of extreme, and unwarranted, anxiety. I have seen countless posts and videos, and even entire websites dedicated to the Pearson Vue trick. Please know it is not accurate, and it is not worth the stress and anxiety it could possibly give you.

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Test shut off at 60, "Bad Pop-Up".... Still Passed

I sat for my NCLEX yesterday, and my test shut off at the minimum. I broke down into tears when this happened, not because I thought I failed, but because of the relief of the test being over, mixed with the terror that I could do nothing else but wait. If you would have asked me how I felt leaving the test center, I would have said I felt worried but almost positive that I passed. Knowing me- knowing where I graduated from and the amount of preparation I did, I would have been floored if I had been failed in 60 questions.

Now this is where I made a series of mistakes. I began googling things I wasn't sure about, looking on forums and blogs to see if anyone could give me comfort regarding the NCLEX. The more I searched, the more I doubted myself. Then came the dreaded (or beloved) PVT. I followed the directions perfectly, and got a bad popup. I slammed my computer shut and became overcome with anxiety and dread. I started overthinking everything, trying to figure out how I could have been failed in 60 question. To me, it didn't make any sense. But to everyone else on the internet, it was the gold standard of finding out if you passed or failed the test.

The remainder of the day was the worst, most anxiety ridden day of my life. I couldn't eat, I couldn't sleep, and even now I still feel sick to my stomach.

I woke up this morning and checked my state's BON. And sure enough, my name was there. I PASSED.

I know people swear by the PVT, but it is not 100% accurate, I am a testament to that. Please save yourself the anxiety and refrain from doing it. I wish I never had. That 'trick' led me to doubt myself and my abilities, when otherwise I would have still been nervous but I would have been confident that I did well.

If you do get the bad pop-up, don't let it define how you view your NCLEX. Logically think through everything you had done in school, how you prepared and answered practice questions. If you are confident in your abilities, then a glitch in a website should not determine how you did on your NCLEX.

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Montelukast, BSN

Specializes in Dialysis. Has 6 years experience.

CONGRATS! Just wondering What was the exact pop up you got?

1 hour ago, Montelukast said:

CONGRATS! Just wondering What was the exact pop up you got?

Thank you! And the pop up said that my payment was declined and I needed to contact my cc company. I tried it with an invalid cvv and then an invalid expiration date just to make sure I was doing it right, and got that pop up both times. I was devastated to say the least.

I had heard about the PVT being wrong for people who ran out of time or got the maximum number of questions, but not for people like me who got shut off at 60. I honestly wish that the PVT trick wasn't advertised as much as it is, because I really don't know how valid it is!

alookout

Has 7 years experience.

I took my NCLEX-PN yesterday. I tried the PVT and my pop-up is basically an inconclusive one. Everything I've read says that it's because I finished too quickly. My instructor is CONVINCED that I passed, but I don't want to have it in my head that I passed and then see that I failed. I also completed 60 questions before it shut off. I finished in about 40-45 minutes. I felt fairly confident, but over half of my questions were "select all that apply" questions and that's why I'm second-guessing myself. It's absolutely agonizing.

12 hours ago, alookout said:

I took my NCLEX-PN yesterday. I tried the PVT and my pop-up is basically an inconclusive one. Everything I've read says that it's because I finished too quickly. My instructor is CONVINCED that I passed, but I don't want to have it in my head that I passed and then see that I failed. I also completed 60 questions before it shut off. I finished in about 40-45 minutes. I felt fairly confident, but over half of my questions were "select all that apply" questions and that's why I'm second-guessing myself. It's absolutely agonizing.

The NCLEX is a difficult and confusing test. When I was waiting for my results I could go back and forth in my head about whether I was sure I passed or failed. SATA's are generally considered higher level questions, along with prioritization and delegation, so that's reassuring to hear that you had a lot of them on your test. I think, deep down inside, you should know whether you passed or not. To me, it was a gut feeling I had that was only doubted when I tried the PVT.

Fingers are crossed for you, I hope you get your results and see that you passed!

TMCNurse23, BSN, RN

Specializes in New Grad RN. Has 1 years experience.

CONGRATS! I heard alot of people on reddit as well that got a bad pop up at 60 questions but still passed. I'm glad this is true for you as well!

My NCLEX-RN shut off at 60 questions yesterday. I remember walking out of the testing center feeling good about the test but thinking it was too easy. Then when I got home 2 hrs later I did the PVT and got the bad pop up šŸ¤” I then tried it again at the 4 hr mark and got the bad pop up again!! Now I am praying I'm one of those that still passed. Fingers crossed šŸ¤ž

Hi did you clicked on the submit order?

Rebecca19

Has 2 years experience.

On 8/4/2020 at 8:32 AM, Stevo40 said:

My NCLEX-RN shut off at 60 questions yesterday. I remember walking out of the testing center feeling good about the test but thinking it was too easyļ»æ. Then when I got home 2 hrs later I did the PVT and got the bad pop up šŸ¤” I then tried it again at the 4 hr mark and got the bad pop up again!! Now I am praying I'm one of those that still passed. Fingers crossed šŸ¤ž

Did you end up passing?

No. I failed. It sucks. I'm studying and preparing to retake the test mid September. Good luck to youšŸ˜€

Rebecca19

Has 2 years experience.

Iā€™m sorry!!! I feel your pain ...

so Iā€™m not getting my hopes up LOL

Everything will work out

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