FAQs

  1. What is the Pre-NAPLEX?
  2. Who should take the Pre-NAPLEX?
  3. How can the Pre-NAPLEX help candidates prepare for the NAPLEX?
  4. Are the questions on the Pre-NAPLEX similar to actual NAPLEX questions?
  5. How is the Pre-NAPLEX scored?
  6. What should candidates do to prepare for the Pre-NAPLEX?
  7. How does a candidate’s performance on the Pre-NAPLEX relate to his or her performance on the actual NAPLEX?
  8. Do candidates get to review the questions?
  9. Can candidates obtain a printed version of the Pre-NAPLEX?
  10. How much does the Pre-NAPLEX cost and how do candidates submit payment?
  11. Can my school cover the cost of the Pre-NAPLEX for students?
  12. Can a candidate take the Pre-NAPLEX more than once?
  13. What are the minimum system requirements to take the Pre-NAPLEX?
  14. Who do I contact if I experience technical difficulties?
  15. How much time should candidates allocate to complete the Pre-NAPLEX?

1. What is the Pre-NAPLEX?

The Pre-NAPLEX is the only North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) practice examination written and developed by NABP. It is meant to help familiarize students with the NAPLEX testing experience. Students can sit for the Pre-NAPLEX at any time on any day; however, once the practice test has been started it must be completed in its entirety. Once a candidate registers and pays for the Pre-NAPLEX, they will have seven days to launch the examination. After the seventh day a new test must be purchased.

2. Who should take the Pre-NAPLEX?

The Pre-NAPLEX is intended to benefit pharmacy students who are preparing for the NAPLEX. However, anyone who is interested may register and take the Pre-NAPLEX. There are no eligibility requirements to take the Pre-NAPLEX.

3. How can the Pre-NAPLEX help candidates prepare for the NAPLEX?

The Pre-NAPLEX is similar to the actual NAPLEX in many ways; thus, students who take the Pre-NAPLEX will have the chance to “preview” the NAPLEX experience before exam day.

4. Are the questions on the Pre-NAPLEX similar to actual NAPLEX questions?

The questions on the Pre-NAPLEX are actual questions that have previously appeared on the NAPLEX. Each of the two forms contains both stand-alone and profile items based on the same blueprint used for the NAPLEX. 

The contents of the Pre-NAPLEX are confidential and protected under applicable intellectual property rights, including copyright laws. All documents, examination questions, answers, and confidential information received from this exam shall remain the exclusive property of NABP. The disclosing, publishing, reproducing, transmitting, receiving without authorization, or making available the Pre-NAPLEX including, but not limited to, examination question format, questions, profiles, and scenarios, in whole or in part, in any form and by any means, whether verbal, written, electronic, or mechanical, for any purpose is prohibited at all times.

If NABP obtains information indicating an examination candidate disclosed, published, reproduced, transmitted, received without authorization, or made available any portion of the Pre-NAPLEX, as described above, in any form to or from individuals, organizations, study groups, or the like, NABP may take actions against the candidate resulting in but not limited to disqualification from the NAPLEX program, civil penalties and/or criminal proceedings. 

5. How is the Pre-NAPLEX scored?

The Pre-NAPLEX is scored in a similar fashion as the NAPLEX. Students who complete the exam will be given an estimated scaled score based on their answers to the Pre-NAPLEX questions. Candidates will have the ability to print their score report for their personal records. Pre-NAPLEX scores will not be released to anyone other than the candidate.

6. What should candidates do to prepare for the Pre-NAPLEX?

Preparing for the Pre-NAPLEX should at the very least include reviewing the NAPLEX competency statements and the associated skills and knowledge base of an entry-level pharmacist. The NAPLEX competency statements can be found in the NAPLEX/MPJE Registration Bulletin.

7. How does a candidate’s performance on the Pre-NAPLEX relate to his or her performance on the actual NAPLEX?

The Pre-NAPLEX score is intended to provide candidates with information on their performance under pre-testing conditions when answering a subset of test questions similar to those that may be included on the NAPLEX . NABP does not claim that a strong performance on the Pre-NAPLEX indicates a likelihood of passing the NAPLEX.

8. Do candidates get to review the questions?

No. Since the Pre-NAPLEX is designed to perform like the actual NAPLEX, reviewing a completed exam and “going back” during the exam is not permitted.

9. Can candidates obtain a printed version of the Pre-NAPLEX?

No, the Pre-NAPLEX was created to simulate taking the NAPLEX examination, which is only administered via a computer.

10. How much does the Pre-NAPLEX cost and how do candidates submit payment?

Each attempt at the Pre-NAPLEX is $65. Candidates register online and may use any major credit card.

11. Can my school cover the cost of the Pre-NAPLEX for students?

Schools and colleges of pharmacy may purchase vouchers to cover the cost of the Pre-NAPLEX for their students. Each voucher costs $55 and is good for one examination. Schools that order 100 or more vouchers earn a 10% discount. To order vouchers, schools should fill out the Pre-NAPLEX Voucher Order Form (PDF) along with a purchase order (if desired). Schools will be invoiced for the purchase and the contact person indicated on the order form will be e-mailed a spreadsheet that contains the voucher codes, along with additional usage instructions. Voucher codes can be used for two years from the date of purchase.

12. Can a candidate take the Pre-NAPLEX more than once?

Yes, candidates may take the Pre-NAPLEX two times. When registering and paying for the Pre-NAPLEX, the computer randomly delivers one of the two unique forms. If a candidate chooses to take the Pre-NAPLEX again, a different form will be administered each subsequent time.

13. What are the minimum system requirements to take the Pre-NAPLEX?

To take the Pre-NAPLEX, a computer running either Microsoft Windows or Mac OS operating system software is required and must meet the following system requirements:

  • Internet Explorer 7.0, 8.0, and 9.0, with text size set to medium or smaller
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.0 and higher
  • Reliable Internet access (high-speed connection preferred for optimal performance)
  • Access to a printer for score reports

14. Who do I contact if I experience technical difficulties?

Please contact NABP Customer Service at 847/391-4406 should you experience any computer problems while registering for or taking the Pre-NAPLEX. Customer Service is available Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM Central time. Candidates have seven days to take the Pre-NAPLEX after registering and paying for the examination.

15. How much time should candidates allocate to complete the Pre-NAPLEX?

When taking the Pre-NAPLEX, candidates are allotted 140 minutes to complete the 100-question examination. This time limit is proportional to the time allowed on the NAPLEX. Please allow an additional 15-20 minutes to complete the registration process and the exit survey. Once a candidate registers and pays for the Pre-NAPLEX, they will have seven days to take the examination.