NABP requires an official transcript from 2020 candidates to verify the conferred graduation date. All 2020 candidates must have their school submit an official transcript to email@example.com. Transcripts will continue to be processed through December 2020. Transcripts are not required for score release. Score Results processing has not changed. For more information about checking the status of your transcript, refer to this page or the NAPLEX section on the Help page.
The North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination® (NAPLEX®) is designed to evaluate general practice knowledge and is taken by recent college of pharmacy graduates shortly after they receive their degree. The exam is also taken by foreign-educated pharmacists who have earned FPGEC Certification. The NAPLEX is just one component of the licensure process and is used by the boards of pharmacy to assess a candidate’s competence to practice as a pharmacist.
Steps to Apply
You must complete the process outlined below when applying for the NAPLEX. A thorough breakdown of the application steps, including answers to common questions, can also be found in the Bulletin.
- Read the Candidate Application Bulletin and learn state licensure requirements
- Fully understand the process and expectations for examination candidates and check your board of pharmacy’s website to see if there are unique requirements in the state where you are seeking licensure.
- If applicable, request an armed forces discount
- Apply for the armed forces discount in your NABP e-Profile first, before applying for exam eligibility. The option is available in the right drop-down menu.
- Apply for exam eligibility
- Apply in the Exam Services section of your NABP e-Profile and pay the application fee.
- See the information below regarding eligibility. Timelines and fees may vary depending on the state.
- If applicable, request ADA accommodations.
- If you need test day accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), complete and follow the submission instructions on the Request for Testing Accommodations form. The form should be submitted with your online application.
- Purchase your exam
- Once eligibility is granted, the purchase exam link will appear in your e-Profile. You may also purchase score transfers at this time, or you may wait until after you have taken the exam.
- Schedule the exam with Pearson VUE
- After purchasing the exam, you will receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) via email and you can then schedule your appointment with Pearson VUE.
Eligibility to Test
We confirm eligibility to test for Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Utah. There is an additional $85 fee for these states during the application process, and candidates may be approved to purchase the exam after meeting all application requirements.
States not listed above have their own processes for confirming eligibility. The processing time varies per board. Check the board’s website for timelines.
Updates on your eligibility status will be noted in the Exam Services section of your NABP e-Profile.
The score transfer program saves time and allows you to move ahead with licensure in more than one state as soon as you pass the NAPLEX.
Score transfer can be added to your NAPLEX application in your e-Profile. You may select states in addition to the primary state where you are seeking licensure, and we will transmit your score to those boards of pharmacy.
- Score transfer requests can be submitted via your NABP e-Profile up to 89 days after sitting for the NAPLEX.
- The cost is $75 per state.
- Purchase score transfer requests as soon as possible; waiting until the last day may result in the score transfer request option being unavailable.
Take the Exam
The NAPLEX is a six-hour exam composed of 250 questions that are delivered in a computerized, fixed form. The scaled passing score is 75 and candidates are allowed five attempts to pass the exam.
The following resources may assist you when preparing for the exam:
- Review the NAPLEX Competency Statements to gain an understanding of the topic areas covered in the exam.
- Candidates testing in 2020, use the current competency statements.
- Candidates testing in 2021 or later, use the new 2021 competency statements.
- Download the sample items to understand the formatting of exam questions.
- Take the Pre-NAPLEX®, the official practice exam.
Read the test day policies and procedures found in the Candidate Application Bulletin to avoid being turned away from the test center. Important highlights can also be found on the Test Day Information page.
If the primary jurisdiction for which you are testing participates in NABP’s online score interface, you will receive score results approximately seven business days after you have taken the exam. Scores are posted in your NABP e-Profile for the majority of states. Candidates who are seeking license in the following states are required to receive their scores directly from these jurisdictions:
- Puerto Rico
- The Virgin Islands
At this time, scores are also released to the board of pharmacy designated on your NAPLEX application. Any jurisdictions that you selected for score transfer will also receive a score report.
Yearly passing rates for each of the United States schools and colleges of pharmacy can be found in the Resources section.