Effective March 1, 2013, candidates will be limited to five attempts to pass the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE). The change comes in response to enhanced security measures and in conformance with best testing practices.
The new requirement affects candidates depending upon the number of times they have attempted to pass the exams before March 1:
- Five or more times: Candidates who have taken the NAPLEX or MPJE five or more times by March 1, 2013, will have one more chance to pass the exams if given approval to test by a board of pharmacy.
- Fewer than five times: Candidates who have attempted to pass the exams fewer than five times by March 1, 2013, will be subject to the new five-attempt limitation.
Failure to finish an exam is counted as an attempt. The five attempt limit for the MPJE applies to attempts to pass the MPJE within a single jurisdiction or state. For example, a candidate may attempt to pass the MPJE in State A five times and will also have five attempts for State B.
Some exceptions may apply, as NABP member boards retain the authority to determine the number of attempts per candidate in their jurisdiction. Contact your state board of pharmacy for testing requirements specific to the board.
The waiting period between attempts remains the same. Candidates who fail or do not complete the NAPLEX must wait 91 days before another testing appointment can be scheduled. For the MPJE the waiting period is 30 days.