The Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination, or FPGEE, is one of the examinations required as part of the FPGEC Certification Program. (You must also take and pass the TOEFL iBT, the English-language exam administered by Educational Testing Service.)
The FPGEE is offered twice each year, and it is administered at Pearson VUE test sites throughout the continental United States. Only individuals made eligible during the FPGEC application process can take the FPGEE.
Once you successfully complete the FPGEC evaluation process, you will receive a letter of acceptance to sit for the FPGEE as well as detailed information on the registration and scheduling process. A FPGEE Identification Card, which will contain instructions for beginning the exam registration process, will also be included.
When you are accepted to take the FPGEE, you will have the opportunity to take the examination on one of two consecutive testing opportunities unless a documented work, health, personal, or visa problem prevents you from taking the examination. For example, if you are accepted for the April 1, 2016 FPGEE, but decide not to take the exam, you can still take the next exam on. The October 14, 2016 FPGEE will be your second, and final, opportunity to take the FPGEE unless you provide a documented work, health, personal, or visa-related circumstance that prevents you from taking the examination. The FPGEC will review the documentation and decide if an additional opportunity to test will be granted.
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Structure of the FPGEE
The 250 questions on the FPGEE are divided among four content areas:
- Basic biomedical sciences – 10%
- Pharmaceutical Sciences – 33%
- Social, behavioral, administrative pharmacy sciences – 22%
- Clinical sciences – 35%
The FPGEE Blueprint offers in-depth information about the four content areas covered on the test.
You must receive a scaled score of 75 or higher on the FPGEE to be eligible for FPGEC Certification.
The Pre-FPGEE is an online practice exam that will help you see what it will be like to take the FPGEE. The 66 questions on the Pre-FPGEE will help you gauge your success on the FPGEE.
To take the FPGEE
The next FPGEE will be administered on April 1, 2016.
- Register for the FPGEE on NABP’s website. You can only register to take the FPGEE if you have received an acceptance letter from the FPGEC.
- Within one week of registering to test with NABP you will be e-mailed your Authorization to Test (ATT) from Pearson VUE. The ATT authorizes you to schedule an appointment to take the FPGEE at a Pearson VUE test site.
- Schedule your appointment to take the FPGEE.
- Once you register for the FPGEE with NABP and receive your ATT, you may schedule your examination on the Pearson VUE website or by contacting the Pearson VUE customer service department at 888/709-2679
- Confirmation of your scheduled test (including time and place) will be sent to you via e-mail.
Retain the FPGEE Identification Card that you received with your acceptance letter. You must present it at the Pearson VUE test site on the day of the exam.
Arrive at your scheduled Pearson VUE test center at least 30 minutes before your testing appointment to allow time for check-in procedures.
When you arrive at the test center you will be required to present your FPGEE Identification Card and another form of government-issued identification that contains a recent photograph and signature (for example, your passport or a government-issued ID like a United States driver’s license). A second form of identification containing your name and signature is also recommended (for example, your valid credit card, driver’s license, passport, or military ID). See Identification Requirements in the FPGEC Application Bulletin.
You will be required to provide a digital signature and have your photograph taken. You will also provide a palm vein scan if this is your first time taking the test; if you are a repeat test-taker you will need to provide both a digital fingerprint and a palm vein scan. See the Application Bulletin for further information.
Rescheduling Your Exam
If you need to cancel a scheduled appointment to test, you must cancel your examination at least five business days before your scheduled test date. See FPGEE Information in the FPGEC Application Bulletin for information on canceling your examination appointment.
If you arrive at the test center without the appropriate credentials, you will be refused entrance into the examination. There will be no refund of your testing fee. You will be required to reapply for the FPGEE and pay the $1,200 fee for the examination.
If technical issues at the test center result in more than a 30-minute delay, you may continue to wait until the issue is rectified or reschedule your test for the next scheduled administration without an additional fee.
If you did not pass the FPGEE and wish to retest, you must complete a new FPGEC application. The FPGEC evaluation process begins again when you submit the new application, and you may be asked to supply additional documentation before you are granted eligibility to take the FPGEE.