The NAPLEX, or North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination, measures a candidate’s knowledge of the practice of pharmacy. It is just one component of the licensure process and is used by the boards of pharmacy as part of their assessment of a candidate’s competence to practice as a pharmacist.
Changes to the NAPLEX
As of November 2016, the NAPLEX increased in length to accommodate more content covering the diversity of clinical cases and medication preparation strategies encountered in pharmacy practice.
Specifically, the number of examination items increased from 185 to 250 and the test time increased from 4 hours and 15 minutes to 6 hours. The registration fee also increased from $505 to $575.
If you have an ATT but were unable to test before the prior exam closed on October 22, your current ATT will remain active and you may schedule and take the new NAPLEX after November 1, 2016, at no additional cost.
If you had an open registration but did not receive an ATT on or before October 22, your current registration will remain active. After receiving your ATT you may schedule and take the new NAPLEX after November 1, 2016, at no additional cost.
For 2017 Graduates
If you are a 2017 graduate who registered prior to November 1, 2016:
- Your record was closed,
- You will receive a partial refund of $360, and
- You are required to re-register for the NAPLEX at the $575 fee.
Preparing to Register and Sit For the NAPLEX
Before you get started, download the NAPLEX/MPJE Registration Bulletin. It contains everything you need to know about the exam, such as:
- The registration process
- Testing appointment instructions
- What you’ll see on the exams
- How to get your score report
Be sure to download the Registration Bulletin only from this website to get the most accurate, updated information about the NAPLEX. NABP is aware of some websites that are posting fake, outdated, or incorrect registration bulletins.
Register for the NAPLEX
Ready to register for the test? Start out by logging into your NABP e-Profile to register online for the examination. The board of pharmacy in the state for which you are seeking licensure will then determine your eligibility to take the NAPLEX based upon the information you provided in your record. Check with your board of pharmacy to make sure you meet their requirements. If you plan to seek licensure in multiple states, don’t forget to utilize the Score Transfer option.
When you log into your e-Profile, be sure to check that the name in your e-Profile matches the printed name on both the primary and secondary forms of ID that you will bring to the test center to ensure that you are not turned away on the day of the test. See the Important Test Day Information section below or the NAPLEX/MPJE Registration Bulletin for more information.
NABP offers discounts for military members and their spouses. Active military members will be reimbursed for 100% of the registration fee, and their spouses will be reimbursed for 50% of the fee. Reimbursement of examination registration fees apply to a single attempt on the NAPLEX. Fees for repeat attempts will not be reimbursed. To learn more, contact Customer Service.
Colorado and/or Utah Candidates for Licensure
NABP confirms eligibility to test for candidates who select Colorado and/or Utah as their primary state of eligibility. A NAPLEX/MPJE Eligibility Request form must be completed and returned to NABP.
Need ADA Accommodations?
If you need test-day accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, instructions and the link to download the form you’ll need to fill out can be found in the Bulletin.
Schedule Your Exam Appointment
Once your board of pharmacy determines your eligibility to take the examination and NABP is notified, Pearson VUE (NABP’s testing vendor) will send you an Authorization to Test (ATT). The ATT includes the dates during which you are eligible to take the examination as well as an authorization number. You may use that ATT to schedule your examination with Pearson VUE. Please note that you cannot schedule your exam unless you have an ATT.
When your ATT arrives, make sure that the name printed on it matches your primary and secondary forms of ID. If they do not match, you will not be admitted into the testing center. Your name will be printed on your ATT exactly as it appears in your NABP e-Profile. Please see the NAPLEX/MPJE Registration Bulletin for more information.
Review the NAPLEX Competency Statements
The NAPLEX Competency Statements offer important information about the knowledge, judgment, and skills you are expected to demonstrate as an entry-level pharmacist. A strong understanding of the Blueprint will aid in your preparation to take the examination. The 250 questions are divided between two areas:
- Ensure Safe and Effective Pharmacotherapy and Health Outcomes – 67%
- Safe and Accurate Preparation, Compounding, Dispensing, and Administration of Medications and Provision of Health Care Products – 33%
The statements can be found in the NAPLEX/MPJE Registration Bulletin.
Prepare With the Pre-NAPLEX
To get a feel for what is on the exam, consider taking the Pre-NAPLEX. The Pre-NAPLEX simulates the NAPLEX testing experience as you field questions similar to those you will face on the day of the test. Available online, the Pre-NAPLEX is accessible anywhere you have an internet connection.
Important Test Day Information
- Bring two forms of ID: One of these IDs must be a:
- US/Canadian passport
- US/Canadian driver’s license
- US state/Canadian province ID
- US/Canadian temporary driver’s license
- US learner’s permit
- US military ID
- Canadian military ID
- US passport card
- Valid debit/credit/ATM cards
The printed name on both your primary and secondary forms of ID must match the name that appears on your ATT letter. If you do not have the correct IDs with you on the day of your test, you will not be able to test. Your name will be printed on your ATT exactly as it appears in your NABP e-Profile. See the NAPLEX/MPJE Registration Bulletin for more information.
- Arrive 30 minutes early: This will give you time to complete check-in procedures. You may be required to forfeit your appointment if you do not allow enough time.
- Read the NAPLEX/MPJE Registration Bulletin for more information about procedures and restrictions.
Report Exam Irregularities
Please read the NAPLEX/MPJE RegistrationBulletin for more information about exam misconduct. If you have witnessed such misconduct or other irregularities as described in the Bulletin, please report it to NABP immediately.
Missed Appointments and Rescheduling
The NAPLEX/MPJE Registration Bulletin contains detailed information on what to do if you miss your examination appointment and how to reschedule an appointment. Please note that you will be charged fees for rescheduling and missed appointments.
Exam Limits: 5 Attempts
You are allowed a maximum of 5 attempts to pass the NAPLEX. After a failed attempt, you must wait 45 days to next attempt the NAPLEX. Some exceptions may apply, as NABP member boards retain the authority to determine the number of attempts per candidate in their jurisdiction. Contact NABP Customer Service for more information.