How Long Does It Take To Get NCLEX Results?


How Long Does It Take To Get Official NCLEX Test Results?

The NCLEX test is graded two times, so it can take a while to process the results thoroughly. Individuals who take the NCLEX can expect to wait as much as 6 weeks to get their NCLEX test results.

Getting Unofficial Test Results

Pearson VUE offers the option of getting unofficial results after taking the NCLEX in some locations. Unofficial results can be obtained 2 business days after taking the test for a fee of $7.95.

The District of Columbia (D.C.), as well as the following states/territories, offer unofficial quick results:

Alaska Arizona Arkansas Colorado
Connecticut Florida Georgia Hawaii
Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa
Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine
Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota
Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska
Nevada New Jersey New Mexico New York
North Carolina North Dakota Northern Mariana IslandsOhio
Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island
South CarolinaSouth Dakota Tennessee Texas
U.S. Virgin IslandsUtah Vermont Washington
West Virginia (NCLEX-PN only)Wisconsin Wyoming

States that do not allow quick access are Alabama, California, Delaware, New Hampshire and Virginia.

To access unofficial results, you need to log in to your account on the Pearson VUE site and pay for the quick results option.

How Do I Get My NCLEX Scores & Who Processes Them?

The test is initially graded at the test site. This is done through a computer program. The individuals who oversee the testing at test centers can't access test scores or provide any information to test-takers about their grades.

Completed exams are sent to Pearson VUE. They are then reviewed to ensure that the test scores are accurate. Pearson VUE then transmits each test-taker's scores to their respective Board of Nursing/Regulatory Body (BON/RN). The BON/RN then distributes scores to test-takers.

No other organization or regulatory body has access to your test scores.

Candidate Performance Report

If you fail the NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN, you will receive a candidate performance report. The report breaks down your performance in each of the 8 general areas on the test and indicates if you were near, below or at the passing standard required for each area. This helps you determine which areas of the test you need to work on to improve your performance before retaking the exam.

Retake Policy

If you fail the NCLEX, you can register and pay to take it again. You must wait at least 45 days from the date of your prior attempt to retake the exam. This policy applies to each retake attempt. Applicants are restricted to 8 attempts per year per the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). However, individual boards of nursing/regulatory bodies have the authority to place additional limits on the number of times a candidate can take the exam each year.

NCLEX Test Resources

Getting ready for your NCLEX exam can be a smooth process with the use of online courses. has an NCLEX-PN Practice & Study Guide and NCLEX-RN Practice & Study Guide available to help you prepare.

The NCLEX is an exam for aspiring nurses looking to prove their skills and knowledge. Students must pass this standardized exam in order to receive their nursing license.

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