Why Pharmacy Law Knowledge is Essential to Patient Safety

Posted by in Consumer Protection, Pharmacy Education and Examinations

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Of the examinations that NABP offers to gauge candidates’ readiness for pharmacy practice, the MPJE is the only one that assesses knowledge of state and federal laws and the ability to apply that knowledge in practice. We’ve heard of a misperception that a number of states are considering eliminating or have eliminated jurisprudence examinations for […]

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Pharmacists, Here’s How We Develop the Exams You Take

Posted by in Pharmacy Education and Examinations

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This is the third in a series of posts that explore the rigorous process of building NABP’s examinations. Here, we explain how tests are developed.  A previous blog post provided a primer on test validity; however, much of the validity evidence is collected throughout the test development process. Although there are several frameworks for principled assessment design systems, such as evidenced-centered design (eg, […]

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The Science Behind the Score: The New NAPLEX Candidate Performance Report

Posted by in Pharmacy Education and Examinations

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This is the second in a series of posts that explore the rigorous process of building NABP’s examinations. Here we explain the creation of the new NAPLEX candidate performance report. The Value of Subscores Before we describe our process of creating our new NAPLEX candidate performance report, it is important to discuss exactly how the […]

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A Brief Primer on Test Validity Theory

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This is the first in a series of posts that explores the rigorous process of building NABP’s examinations. First up: Laying the foundation for an exam’s validity through the interpretation and use argument. The validity of an examination, or assessment, is the most fundamental consideration in the development and evaluation of assessments. Validity is the […]

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Rigorous process to set exam passing standard shows it’s more than just a number

Posted by in Pharmacy Education and Examinations

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In a previous blog post, we noted that the NAPLEX blueprint is changing in 2021 and a standard setting panel was conducted this past summer. The purpose of standard setting is to determine a point along a score scale that classifies individuals into specific proficiency categories. For example, a fourth-grade reading test may be designed […]

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NAPLEX Blueprint Improvements Coming in January 2021

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The North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination® (NAPLEX®) is blossoming with changes, but fear not, these changes are only routine improvements to the exam. Every five years we reevaluate the competency statements using licensure testing best practices. Pursuant to our most recent review, new competency statements will go into effect in January 2021. In November 2019, […]

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That’s Not Cheating…Or Is It?

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When examining candidates for state licensure eligibility via the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination® (NAPLEX®) and Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination® (MPJE®) or evaluating the knowledge of internationally educated pharmacists through the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination® (FPGEE®), we take exam misconduct seriously. Most of the time, exam misconduct is obvious, but some instances may not […]

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