How To Find Out If You Passed The NCLEX

Where to Get NCLEX Test Results

A test-taker's Board of Nursing/Regulatory Body (BON/RB) provides him or her with official National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) test results. All NCLEX exams are scored twice, and it can take up to 6 weeks to receive official test results. A BON/RB will mail test results to test-takers.

Test results are not available from any of the following:

  • Staff at the test site
  • Pearson Vue
  • The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

Quick Results

The NCLEX-RN is used to license registered nurses, and the NCLEX-PN is used to determine who can become a licensed practical nurse. Passing NCLEX exams is crucial for those who wish to pursue nursing careers, and many individuals may not want to wait the full 6 weeks for their official results.

Test-takers in many states are eligible to pay a $7.95 fee through their Pearson Vue account to purchase quick results. These unofficial test scores are available 2 full business days after individuals have taken their test. States that allow test-takers to receive quick results include:

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 Ohio Oklahoma
Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina
South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah
Vermont Washington Wisconsin Wyoming

Quick results are also available in the District of Columbia, Northern Mariana Islands and U.S. Virgin Islands. In West Virginia, quick results are only available for individuals who took the NCLEX-PN test.

What to Do If Your Results Are Late

If more than 6 weeks have passed and you have not received your results, then you must contact your BON/RB. This contact information is available online through the NCSBN website (

What Happens If You Fail the NCLEX

A document called a candidate performance report is sent to all NCLEX test-takers who fail their test. The report breaks an exam down into 8 main content areas and indicates how well a test-taker did in each of them. This report enables test-takers who fail to determine which parts of the test they need to spend more time preparing for.

Retaking the Test

Individuals who failed the NCLEX can take the test again as long as at least 45 days have passed since their previous test attempt. They are required to pay and register again. They may also need to follow specific retake policies that are determined by their BON/RB. It is important for individuals who plan on retaking the NCLEX to check with their BON/RB to determine if there are any additional restrictions that apply.

Where to Find NCLEX Test Resources

This NCLEX-PN Practice & Study Guide is designed to help individuals preparing for careers as practical nurses. Using this study guide can help ensure that NCLEX-PN test-takers have reviewed the right material and are prepared for their exams.

Individuals preparing for careers as registered nurses can take advantage of the NCLEX-RN Practice & Study Guide. This resource will familiarize aspiring registered nurses with the NCLEX-RN test content and format.

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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