If you’re like I was, you want to know if you failed the NCLEX as soon as it shuts off.
Unfortunately, they make you wait for what seems like forever for the official results.
As a response, nursing students have come up with some signs they can use to determine whether or not they failed the NCLEX.
I’m going to share some of those signs with you.
Before I get to the list of signs you failed the NCLEX, let me start by saying that you’re more or less reading the tea leaves for most of these tricks and hacks.
Except for #1 and #5, the only way to know with 100% certainty you passed is by getting the official letter from your state board of nursing.
This one is pretty clear-cut and has to do with how the NCLEX timing system works.
I’m a firm believer every nursing student needs to purchase a good NCLEX prep course if they want to be successful on the NCLEX.
Does that mean you won’t be successful or that there are not students who pass without getting one?
Of course not.
But I do think getting one dramatically improves your chances of passing.
For example, the NCLEX prep course I recommend boasts an almost 100% pass rate, which is significantly higher than the national average of first-time NCLEX test takers.
The NCLEX is a computer adaptive test.
That means as you answer questions correctly, you’ll get harder questions. If you answer a question incorrectly, you’ll get an easier question.
This keeps happening until the computer can determine (with a 95% confidence level) that you’ll stay above a predetermined passing line if it keeps asking you questions.
With all that said, if you’re doing well on the NCLEX, it stands to reason that the questions you get will progressively get more challenging.
If you don't know what the Pearson Vue NCLEX Trick is, I encourage you to check out the linked article.
The short version is that the Pearson Vue NCLEX trick allows students to tell if they passed by trying to schedule another exam date.
If the system lets you schedule an exam (aka the bad pop up), that's a sign you didn't pass the NCLEX.
Some states participate in the NCLEX quick results service.
The quick result is a way for you to pay and get unofficial results of how well you did on the exam.
I have very mixed feelings about the quick results, but regardless if you order the quick results and it says you failed, it's not a good sign.
As mentioned elsewhere in this article, because of how the CAT testing system works, if you're getting a lot of easy questions, it's not a good sign that you're doing well on the NCLEX.
There are a lot of NCLEX predictor exams out there.
Many of them are attached to NCLEX review courses you purchase, and others are requirements for the last semester of nursing school.
As the name suggests, these predictor exams are supposed to predict how successful you will be on the NCLEX.
So if you don't do well on a predictor exam, that's supposed to mean you won't do well on the NCLEX.
Technically, official results could take up to 6 weeks to be sent to you.
But what most students will discover is that your state board of nursing will often post your name and license information on the website long before official results are sent to you.
If you check your state BON and don't see your name, and it's been several weeks, that may be a bad sign.
I'll be very blunt with this because this goes without saying if you did not study for the NCLEX.
By not studying for the NCLEX, I mean you didn't get an NCLEX prep course, an NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN review book, or at minimum do practice questions that's not a good sign of NCLEX success.
On the contrary, it's probably a good sign you failed.
I understand after the exam that most students will feel like they didn't know anything on the NCLEX.
I get that. I would argue that's probably the case for most students.
With that said, there's a big difference between feeling like you don't know anything after the exam and not actually knowing anything during the exam.
If none of those question topics look familiar and you literally had to guess on every question, that's not a good sign.
11. You Received an NCLEX Candidate Performance Report
The NCLEX candidate performance report (also called NCLEX-CPR) is a report the NCSBN sends to students who did NOT pass the licensure exam.
The NCLEX-CPR tells you how well you did in the 8 topic areas tested on the NCLEX.
What Happens If You Failed the NCLEX?
It can be demoralizing to find out that you didn't pass the NCLEX, but I want you to know you do have options.
The first thing you need to do is give yourself some grace and realize that not passing the NCLEX does not define who you are.
Check out this article I wrote on life after failing the NCLEX so you can see what all your options are
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