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 be as clear. What exactly classifies as misconduct? To clarify, the following are considered misconduct before, during, or after the examination:
- Sharing exam content in-person, by phone, or online via social media, message boards, private messages, email, or in an exam-prep group.
- Copying or memorizing exam questions, answers, and exam formats/scenarios.
- Selling, making available, or publishing information about exam content.
- Tampering with the computer equipment used for testing.
- Using notes, books, reference material, cameras, video recorders, cellphones, and any other electronics to record the exam.
- Leaving the testing room or building (for any reason) without permission.
As a candidate, you must be mindful when preparing for the exam and recognize when you, a partner, or a study group are engaging in exam misconduct. Failing to comply can tarnish your reputation and may end any future or current career goals as a pharmacist. The consequences are serious and may result in:
- Invalidating exam scores
- Notifying the boards of pharmacy
- Licensure sanctions
- Monetary penalties
- Notifying law enforcement
- Litigation or administrative proceedings
We urge you to also take exam misconduct seriously. As a testing candidate, you agree to adhere to a nondisclosure agreement when first registering to take the exams. The agreement highlights that all exams are confidential, the property of NABP, and are protected by Trade Secret Law, Copyright Law, and other state and federal laws and regulations.
More information about the nondisclosure obligations is also described in the NAPLEX/MPJE Candidate Application Bulletin and FPGEC Candidate Application Bulletin. Help us protect the confidentiality and integrity of the NABP examination process by following these guidelines and reporting exam misconduct.