If you’re anything like I was, then you want to know whether or not you passed the NCLEX as soon as it shuts off.

Unfortunately, they make you wait for the official results as you nervously pull your hair out of your head in anticipation.

Over the years, nursing students have tried to come up with some signs they can use to determine whether or not they passed the NCLEX. I’m going to share with you some of those signs.

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Good Signs You Passed the NCLEX

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Before I get to the list of good signs of passing the NCLEX, let me start by saying that you’re more or less reading the tea leaves for most of these tricks and hacks.

The only way to know with 100% certainty that you passed is by getting the official letter from your state board of nursing.

1. The Questions Were Getting Harder Before it Shut Off

If you’re familiar with my explanation of how the NCLEX works, you’ll know that it’s a computer adaptive test. This means you start with relatively easy questions and then as you answer the questions correctly you get progressively hard questions.

The reverse is also true. If you start missing questions, you’ll progressively get easier questions.

You’ll keep doing this up and down game with the computer until it can determine that if it kept asking you questions in perpetuity, you would stay about the confidence level that is set. Typically it’s a 75% confidence level.

With all of that said, it makes sense that if you were to pass the NCLEX, it would be after getting progressively harder questions, and then it shuts off after you got what would have been a really hard question.

Side Note
In theory, this seems to make sense but let me explain where you start running into issues with this hack.

It’s important to point out that what might be a hard question for me might not necessarily be one for you.

It was a situation I ran into when I took the NCLEX-PN and the NCLEX-RN. For the NCLEX-PN, if I applied this trick, I would assume I failed because the last question I received before it shut off was what I thought was the easiest question I had gotten so far.

For the NCLEX-RN, this sign would hold true because I thought the last question I received before it shut off was the hardest one I had gotten so far.

For both exams, I passed the first time.

This potential discrepancy is something you need to keep in mind. It’s not necessarily what’s more challenging for you, but in general, is it a more complicated question.

Related: NCLEX Shut Off at 75 Questions: Did I Fail?

2. Passed the Pearson Vue’s Quick Results

Depending on where you live, you’ll have an option to purchase unofficial results straight from Pearson VUE’s website.

You can purchase it in just about every state and most of the U.S. territories. Please keep in mind that as of the time of this writing, you can’t purchase quick results in Canada or Australia.

The quick results will cost you $7.95, and you can purchase them two days after taking the exam. Personally, I have mixed feelings about the quick results.

It takes two days, so it won’t give you as quick an answer as you probably want. Also, it feels a bit weird paying for the results of an exam that I already paid for. If they already have the answer, they should just give it to me.

The other reason is that in many cases, by the time you’re able to buy the quick result, you might be able to find out for free from your state board of nursing.

It does come off as just another way they can get as much money from you as possible.

3. The Pearson Vue Trick

This is a hack that’s been around since before I took my boards. In short, you’re going to try to reregister for another NCLEX exam. If it doesn’t let you, then it means you passed. If it lets you, then it means you didn’t pass.

This trick can be pretty accurate from what I’ve seen, but it’s not 100%. For example, there is a chance that it could still let you register even if you didn’t pass, and as far as I know, I don’t think Pearson Vue or the NCSBN will give you a refund.

If you’re interested in this hack, here’s a video that shows you what to do.

4. You Feel Good Going in the Exam

The last one involves you gauging how you feel overall going into the exam. The reason being that most students are going to pass the NCLEX (somewhere around 85%).

So if you:

  • Studied hard
  • Took a good NCLEX prep course
  • Paced yourself
  • Got a good night’s sleep before the exam

Your chances are pretty good that you’re probably going to do fine.

Once again, does it mean you know with 100% certainty that you passed? No, it doesn’t.

The only way to get a 100% accurate answer is by getting the quick result or waiting for the official results. But I do think it can be one more thing that gives you confidence that you probably did better than you think.

5. You Got a Passing on an NCLEX Predictor Test

Many of the major NCLEX prep courses (including the one I recommend) have an NCLEX predictor exam. They all call it something different, but essentially it’s a practice test trying to predict how well you’ll do on the NCLEX.

They’ll usually give you a study plan and pretty much everything you’ll need to be successful on the NCLEX.

Many of them will guarantee you’ll pass the NCLEX if you do everything they recommend and get a certain score on their NCLEX predictor test.

From everything I’ve seen, these predictor exams are so comprehensive (some might even be more difficult than the NCLEX itself) that if you do well on them, your odds of doing well on the NCLEX are pretty good.

If you haven’t taken the NCLE X yet, or you’re looking for an NCLEX prep course. Check out this NCLEX prep course.

What Happens if You Failed the NCLEX

The feeling of not passing the NCLEX is very demoralizing, can make you feel hopeless. You do have options, so I want you to check out this article I wrote on what to do after failing the NCLEX.

In that article, I breakdown the steps you should take if you were to fail the NCLEX. Check it out and bookmark it. I don’t think you’ll need it, but you’ll know where to find the information if you do.

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Frequently Asked Questions

It means the computer has determined whether you passed or failed the NCLEX. Since most students will pass the NCLEX, you probably did okay, but failing the NCLEX at 75 questions is possible.