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About the NAPLEX

The NAPLEX tests the candidate's knowledge, judgment, and skills they are expected to know as an entry-level pharmacist.

What topics are covered on the NAPLEX?

According to the NABP NAPLEX Bulletin, the following topics will be on the exam:

  • Area 1: Obtain, Interpret, or Assess Data, Medical, or Patient Information (Approximately 18% of Test)

  • Area 2 Identify Drug Characteristics (Approximately 14% of Test)

  • Area 3: Develop or Manage Treatment Plans (Approximately 35% of Test)

  • Area 4: Perform Calculations (Approximately 14% of Test)

  • Area 5: Compound, Dispense, or Administer Drugs, or Manage Delivery Systems (Approximately 11% of Test)

  • Area 6: Develop or Manage Practice or Medication-Use Systems to Ensure Safety and Quality (Approximately 7% of Test)

How long is the NAPLEX?

In 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. Therefore, the number of examination items increased from 185 to 225 and the test time increased from 4 hours and 15 minutes to 6 hours.

There are now 220 questions on the exam and a total test time of 6 hours. Of the 225 questions, 25 are pretest questions and will not count toward your final score.

What is the NAPLEX passing score?

The minimum passing scaled score for the NAPLEX is 75, while the maximum score possible is 150. This score is NOT a percentage value and should not be interpreted as the percentage of correct answers. The candidate's score is determined by a mathematically based weighted scoring model that is used to calculate an ability measure for each examinee, which is then translated to a scale ranging from 0 to 150.

Tips and Advice for the NAPLEX:

The exams focus heavily on standards for safe pharmacotherapy, optimizing therapeutic outcomes, accurate methodology to dispense medications and apply information to promote optimal care.

Be prepared, the calculation questions are DIFFICULT. Feedback is that this is typically the hardest portion, even for those that have done well in the more mathematically heavy portions of Pharmacy School. The questions are tricky, and more in line with aptitude testing than with large amounts of information testing. Based on exit interviews, the calculations are ~33% of the exam.

Our NAPLEX question bank covers all of the question formats that you need to know, while covering the difficult calculation types you’ll see on the real exam. The content has been updated to reflect the Updated NABP NAPLEX Competency Statements.