Now that you are in the final phases of FPGEC Certification, preparing to take the FPGEE is the next step. The Pre-FPGEE is a practice test that contains questions similar to those you will encounter on the FPGEE. It can help you prepare to take the examination FPGEE by providing a preview of the FPGEE testing experience. Since the Pre-FPGEE is administered online, you can take the exam anywhere you have an internet connection. Detailed information on the Pre-FPGEE can be found in the FPGEC Candidate Application Bulletin.
Taking the Pre-FPGEE
There are 66 questions on the Pre-FPGEE. You will have 85 minutes to complete all of the questions on the practice examination. This time limit is proportional to the time allowed on the FPGEE. Please allow an additional 15-20 minutes to complete the registration process and the exit survey.
You will be able to review previously answered questions and change your answers at any time during the examination. Once you begin the exam, you must complete it in its entirety to receive a score.
Registering for the Pre-FPGEE
You may register online by logging into your e-Profile. If you have not yet created an e-Profile, click on the link below to do so; your e-Profile is a separate account from the FPGEE registration. Once you register and pay for the Pre-FPGEE, you will have seven (7) days to take the test.
The cost of the Pre-FPGEE is $50. You may use any major credit card.
Candidates may only take each Pre-FPGEE test form once; however, a new form is available approximately four weeks before each FPGEE administration.
Browser and Operating System Requirements
To take the Pre-FPGEE, a computer running either Microsoft Windows 7 or 8/8.1 or Mac OS 10.7 (Snow Leopard) through 10.10 (Yosemite) operating system software is required and must meet the following system requirements:
- Mozilla Firefox 38.0 and higher
- Google Chrome 43.0 and higher
- Internet Explorer 11 and higher, with text size set to medium or smaller
- Reliable internet access (high-speed connection preferred for optimal performance) Note: Because wireless Internet routers may fail, NABP recommends using a direct internet connection while taking the Pre-FPGEE.
- Access to a printer for score reports
The Safari browser on the Mac platform is NOT supported, and you may encounter difficulties in completing the exam if you utilize Safari as your browser. Please utilize Chrome or Firefox if you plan to take your Pre-FPGEE using an Apple computer.
The Pre-FPGEE is scored to similar the FPGEE. When you complete the examination you will be given an estimated scaled score based on your answers. You will have the ability to print your score report for your personal records from your NABP e-Profile account. Pre-FPGEE scores will not be released to anyone other than you.
The Pre-FPGEE score is intended to provide you with information on your performance in answering a subset of test questions similar to those you will encounter on the FPGEE under pre-testing conditions. NABP does not claim that a strong performance on the Pre-FPGEE predicts passing the FPGEE.
Pre-FPGEE Content Protected Under IP Law
The contents of the Pre-FPGEE 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-FPGEE including, but not limited to, examination question format, questions, 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-FPGEE, 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 FPGEE program, civil penalties, and/or criminal proceedings.