Aaron Murdoch

Get Paid $60 to Fail a Mystery Shop

Whether you are currently in school, out of school, or have ever been in school, we can all relate to all of the work, effort, and stress that goes into preparing for a test. How would you like to be able to show up to a testing center without a care in the world and actually get paid a solid $60 for failing miserably on an exam? This mystery shopping opportunity sounds like a dream come true to me.


The client for this mystery shop is Pearson VUE and they are the world’s leader for virtually every kind of computer-based testing. According to their website, it states, “Each year millions of people around the world take an exam with Pearson VUE.” Pearson employs more than 35,000 people across the globe and is the world’s largest educational company.


Some of the industries they administer tests for are, academia, admissions, financial, government, healthcare, information technology, military, and US licensing and global regulatory. Pearson is based out of Minneapolis but has locations in the United Kingdom, Dubai, Australia, India, Japan, and China.


In order to be eligible for this mystery shopping opportunity, one must be under the age of 60 for this specific evaluation. Shoppers must have a good command of the English language and must not have taken a Pearson VUE exam within the past 12 months. Shoppers will need to arrive at the testing facility at least 30 minutes before the exam begins and spend a minimum of 75 minutes “working” on the test.


Some of the locations where shoppers can participate in this mystery shopping opportunity are Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri, Montana, Oregon, North Carolina, Vermont, Washingon, and Arkansas. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, click here to find out more about this shop.

Your Comments:

  1. Laura says:

    I found that the turnover at my local testing site is minimal. When I checked in for my 2nd testing (3 years after my first) my name came up on the computer and the receptionist made some comment that let me know my cover was blown. Because one has to FAIL the test — and have the receptionist tell you this — it’s clear to all that you are a plant.

    I submit that one visit per site TOTAL should be a requirement.

  2. Trina says:

    Also, when I took the test you had to get caught cheating. It was a long two hour event. I hated it.

  3. Anne says:

    I signed up for a Pearson exam. Part of the assignment was to try to bribe the test center coordinator to get a passing grade. I cancelled the shop, as it bordered on unethical.

  4. Sarah says:

    I did this one this week. Hated it. Never again!