The NAPLEX, or North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination, measures a candidate’s knowledge of the practice of pharmacy. It is just one component of the licensure process and is used by the boards of pharmacy as part of their assessment of a candidate’s competence to practice as a pharmacist.
The NAPLEX assesses whether a prospective pharmacist:
- Can identify practice standards for safe and effective pharmacotherapy and optimize therapeutic outcomes in patients
- Can identify and determine safe and accurate methods to prepare and dispense medications
- Can provide and apply health care information to promote optimal health care
Anyone taking the exam is advised to read the NAPLEX/MPJE Registration Bulletin, which includes detailed information about the exam itself, the registration process, scheduling an appointment to test, and requirements on test day.
The fee for the NAPLEX is $505.
In November 2016, the NAPLEX will increase in length to accommodate more content covering the diversity of clinical cases and medication preparation strategies encountered in pharmacy practice.
Effective November 1, the number of examination items will increase from 185 to 250 and the test time will increase from 4 hours and 15 minutes to 6 hours.
NABP online registration for the new test begins October 24 and the new registration fee will increase from $505 to $575.
If you want to take the current NAPLEX you must:
- Register with NABP
- Be granted eligibility
- Receive your ATT
- Schedule and take the exam by October 22, 2016
- Note: It is highly recommended that you register by October 3, 2016, to ensure you have time to test by October 22.
If you have an ATT but unable to test on or before October 22, your current ATT will remain active and you may schedule and take the new NAPLEX after November 1, 2016, at no additional cost.
If you have an open registration but have not received an ATT on or before October 22, your current registration will remain active. After receiving your ATT you may schedule and take the new NAPLEX after November 1, 2016, at no additional cost.
Administration of the current NAPLEX through Pearson VUE will be closed from October 24-31, 2016.
For 2017 Graduates
If you will graduate in 2017, you will not be eligible to take the current NAPLEX. You may register for the new NAPLEX starting November 1, 2016.
If you are a 2017 graduate who registers prior to November 1, 2016.
- Your record will be closed,
- You will receive a partial refund of $360, and
- You will be required to re-register for the NAPLEX at the $575 fee.
NABP is aware of websites that are posting NABP documents, such as examination registration bulletins, without NABP authorization. In some cases, the material that is posted on such sites may be outdated and/or incorrect. Please ensure that you visit www.nabp.net to obtain current, official NABP documents and materials or contact NABP customer service if you have any questions.
What Does the NAPLEX Look Like?
The 185-question exam tests a prospective pharmacist’s ability to measure pharmacotherapy and therapeutic outcomes, prepare and dispense medications, and implement and evaluate information for optimal health care.
As a computer-based exam, the NAPLEX uses adaptive technology to deliver selected-response and constructed-response questions, many of which are asked in a scenario-based format. (For example, a patient profile is provided, and you must answer a series of questions related to the profile.) See the NAPLEX/MPJE Registration Bulletin for further information on the NAPLEX.
The NAPLEX competency statements provide content areas covered on the exam. Achieving a strong understanding of the exam content will aid in your preparation process.
For a sneak peak at the exam, consider taking the Pre-NAPLEX. The Pre-NAPLEX simulates the NAPLEX testing experience as you field questions similar to those you will face on the day of the test. Available online, the Pre-NAPLEX is accessible anywhere you have an Internet connection.
Ready to Register for the NAPLEX?
Review the specific licensure requirements set by your state board of pharmacy. Meeting your state’s eligibility requirements will ensure a smooth path to test day.
As mentioned above, read the NAPLEX/MPJE Registration Bulletin – it covers all you need to know about the NAPLEX including sections on:
- Registration procedures and requirements
- Requesting special testing accommodations
- Eligibility requirements
- Colorado and Utah Candidates for Licensure: NABP confirms eligibility to test for candidates who select Colorado and/or Utah as their primary state of eligibility. A NAPLEX/MPJE Eligibility Request form must be completed and returned to NABP. There is a one-time $85 processing fee. This fee covers both the NAPLEX and MPJE.
- Candidates who need to register to retake the NAPLEX or MPJE, or who need to take the MPJE for multiple jurisdictions, and have previously submitted the eligibility request form do not need to submit another form. Instead, after registering for additional examination(s), candidates should email NABP at ExamEligibility@nabp.net with the following information:
- Name and date of birth
- e-Profile ID number,
- the examination(s) registered for, and
- that eligibility confirmation for the additional examination(s) is needed.
- Scheduling your exam
- Changing your appointment to test
- Requirements on the day of the examination