What Exactly is the NAPLEX?

The North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination or NAPLEX, measures a candidate’s knowledge of the practice of pharmacy. It is one component of the licensure process and is used by the National Association of the Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) to be part of their assessment of a candidate’s competence to practice as a pharmacist.

The NAPLEX assesses whether a potential pharmacist can do the following:

  • Identify practice standards for safe and effective pharmacotherapy and finds curative outcomes for patients.
  • Identify and determine the safe and exact procedures to prepare and dispense the medications.
  • Provide and relate the health care information hence promoting most favorable health care

The NAPLEX is more of an adaptive examination which tailors itself to the skill level of the applicant. The linear nature of the exam (applicants must answer a question to continue, and there is no backtracking) permits the computer to zero-in on incorrect responses and therefore is able to select similar questions for presentation later on in the exam. This can allow for analysis of applicants’ skill levels across a number of performance categories.

The exam format consists mainly of multiple choice questions; there are no essay questions. The questions are divided between two subtypes: a question with five individual answers, or the K-Type, which consist of a question and three options numbered 1, 2 and 3, then five combinations of these options.

The NABP’s NAPLEX Scoring Program allows one to transfer their NAPLEX score to another jurisdictions in which the pharmacist wishes to get a license to start pharmacy practices . If you are able to accomplish the rest of other required scores in the Transfer Program for licensure in the jurisdiction to which you transferred your scores, an award will be presented to you by the examination board as a license.

The Transfer score Program differs a lot from the NABP’s Licensure Transfer Program, which is a service provider for licensed pharmacists .Licensure transfer does not allow you to get a license by examination in another jurisdiction compared to score transfer. But instead, the license in the jurisdiction is only considered a license by the licensure transfer.

This distinction is significant, particularly if one would ever need to transfer their license to a different jurisdiction again, since the Transfer Licensure Program requires that you use a license only by examination to transfer your license to a new jurisdiction. You cannot return your license by using an already obtained by licensure transfer. For this reason, one is advised by NABP to license by examination current and valid.

Kindly note that the period validity of scores being transferred do vary from one state to another. One is strongly encouraged to get in touch with the board where the score were transferred for added information.

NAPLEX Score Fee for Transfers

The NAPLEX score fee transfer that is charged by NAPB is $75.00 for each jurisdiction. The payments and the concluded NAPLEX Score Form transfers must be received and postmarked together not later than the examination date. No late payments are accepted, due to this scores will not be transferred.

The score fee should be submitted in form of a money order, certified check or bank draft, made payable to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. One should not send cash, personal check, or any form of fee payment except the once listed above.

The Score fee transfer refunds cannot be issued to candidates. These include those who do not pass the examination nor become licensed in the jurisdiction considering that NAPLEX score were transferred as well.

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