Preparing for the NAPLEX
Any student of pharmacy who wants to get a license to practice in the U.S. or Canada will need to pass the North American Pharmacist License Examination, commonly abbreviated as the NAPLEX. This test was prepared by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and is the licensing exam for the pharmacy profession.
The first step in preparing for the test is to get the proper education. In the U.S. that means obtaining a doctorate of pharmacy, which usually entails four years of school on top of undergraduate work, which is required by most pharmacy schools. During the final year of pharmacy school most aspiring pharmacists will prepare for, and take, the NAPLEX.
The purpose of the test, in addition to fulfilling a licensing requirement, is to see how well someone with a pharmacy education can answer multiple-choice questions about practicing in this field, preparing and dispensing medications, and providing health care information for patients. The test has 185 questions in total, though only 150 count for the final score. The remaining questions are trial questions the testing agency is considering for future exams.
However, students are not told which questions count and are expected to answer all of them. The exam takes four hours and 15 minutes. If students do not complete 162 or more questions they will not receive a score at all. If they answer more than 162 but not all 185 they will get a score but it will be penalized for their failure to finish the exam.
The NAPLEX test is taken on a computer.
To prepare for the test students will need to go over the topics they learned in pharmacy school with a special focus on the types of questions that tend to come up on the exam. Study guides and sample tests can help students focus on the correct information to study. Students can also take a preparatory test given by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy called the -pre-NAPLEX.+ This online test gives test takers a taste of what the real NAPLEX is like. However, it costs a fee to take, and students can only take it twice. You do not get a score on the pre-NAPLEX unless you finish all the questions.
Once a student feels prepared enough he or she will need to register for the NAPLEX. During the registration process the student will need to choose a U.S. state or territory, or a Canadian province, that will be their state of eligibility. This is the primary location in which they hope to obtain their pharmacy license. They can have their scores sent to additional states but the first state they choose will determine how they get their test results.
The NAPLEX test has an online scoring interface. States and provinces that participate in this program allow students to get their scores in about seven business days. However, if a state does not participate in the online scoring system, students may need to wait longer for scores to be mailed. The primary state of jurisdiction that the student chooses when registering for the exam determines how the scores are sent.
Passing the NAPLEX requires that a test taker get at least a score of 75, in most places. Students who do not get that score will get a report explaining the areas that need work, to help them focus their studying for the next time they take the test.
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