Understanding MPJE® Scoring and Results

The Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination® or MPJE®, is a pharmacy law examination developed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP®) in the United States to help individual state boards of pharmacy assess competency and knowledge of pharmacy law. Pharmacy graduates who plan to practice pharmacy in most jurisdictions must pass both the NAPLEX® and MPJE (exceptions include Arkansas, Idaho, and California).

As of 2021, the MPJE moved from numerical scoring to “Pass/Fail.” Still, many students want to know how their performance on the MPJE translates into a pass or fail result. To that end, this article will answer some commonly asked questions about how the exam is scored.

What is the MPJE?

The MPJE exam is the formal assessment of a candidate’s understanding of the statutes and laws governing the jurisdiction in which the candidate is applying to practice pharmacy. The MPJE is a 2.5-hour exam that uses adaptive technology to deliver 120 selected-response questions unique to each state’s pharmacy laws. The exam results are calculated from 100 questions, and the remaining 20 questions are pretest questions (i.e., potential future test questions).

2.5
Hour Exam
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How is the MPJE scored, and what is a passing score for the MPJE?

While researching the MPJE, you may come across the question, “how is the MPJE scaled?” Previously, MPJE results were reported numerically via a scaled score (0 – 100), with the passing score set at 75.

Effective January 2021, NABP no longer discloses scaled numerical scores to applicants. Now, results are reported as either pass or fail, with a panel of pharmacy experts determining the passing standard. To have an exam result reported, you must answer a minimum of 107 questions and will typically incur a penalty if you answer less than 120 questions.

What is the average MPJE score?

Most individuals who take the MPJE no longer receive a numerical score, so no data is available related to “average” scores. However, NABP does publish national pass rates for the MPJE annually on its website. Passing rates from 2018 to 2020 are shown below for first-time attempts of graduates of ACPE®-accredited programs. Pass rates are lower when all MPJE administrations are included.

MPJE Passing Rates for 2018 - 2020
Graduates of ACPE-Accredited Programs

Year First-time Attempts Pass Rate
2018 8,705 83.76%
2019 8,871 83.58%
2020 8,470 84.59%

Why did the NABP stop reporting numerical scores?

The NABP stopped reporting numerical scores after their last standard-setting exercise. The rationale is that the test determines whether a candidate is “competent” or “not competent” for entry practice. Therefore, a “pass” (competent) or “fail” (not competent) result is valid, while a numerical score is not (numerical scores are not supported by the evidence when analyzing the purpose of the exam).

What happens to the actual MPJE score?

For most states, ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’ exam results are posted online on the NABP e-Profile. NABP will also release exam results to each state board of pharmacy designated on a candidate’s application.

How long does it take to get MPJE results?

It takes about seven business days to receive MPJE results after taking the exam.

How do you know if you passed the MPJE? Where are MPJE results found?

When you log into your NABP e-profile, head to ‘Exam Services’ then click ‘Results.’ On this screen, you should be able to see all the exams you have taken and your results. At the top of the page, you should see your most recent ‘MPJE’ attempt. If it shows a “Pass,” then you have met the minimum threshold and have passed the MPJE.

The results are reported online for most states except Guam, Illinois, Minnesota, Montana, and Wisconsin. Candidates seeking licensure in the states mentioned above or territories will receive their results directly from the board of pharmacy or governing body in that jurisdiction (typically via mail).

Why do some candidates still receive a numerical MPJE score while others do not?

Currently, the NABP releases results, including a numerical score, to the board of pharmacy designated on a candidate’s MPJE application. It is entirely up to each state board of pharmacy if these results are shared with test-takers in their state. Therefore, candidates from some areas will still receive a numerical score, which is less common than the “pass-fail” result.

Will candidates receive details about their performance on the MPJE?

Unlike the NAPLEX, candidates taking the MPJE will not receive a separate performance report regardless of passing or failing the MPJE.

How long are MPJE scores good for?

The duration of score validity differs from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. For example, if a candidate seeks Texas pharmacist licensure and passes the Texas Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam but fails the NAPLEX, the applicant may use the passing grade on the Texas Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam to get licensed for up to two years from the date of passing the exam. Check your state board of pharmacy website for more information about MPJE score validity.

Can MPJE scores be transferred?

MPJE scores are not eligible to be transferred from one jurisdiction to another under any circumstances. The MPJE is a state-specific exam, so it is imperative to pass the MPJE in each state or jurisdiction where a candidate is seeking pharmacist licensure.

Can I retake the MPJE if I fail?

If you fail the MPJE on your first attempt, you may retake the exam up to five times per jurisdiction unless a board of pharmacy determines otherwise. You will have to reapply and pay all applicable fees again. A board of pharmacy must also confirm your eligibility to retake the exam, and you must wait 30 days to reapply per the mandatory waiting period.

What do you need to pass the MPJE?

In addition to discipline, dedication, and a robust study plan, having the right preparation resources will set you up for success. In our experience, the most successful candidates supplement their pharmacy school notes and lectures with a third-party provider. To get started, you may review materials (laws, regulations, statutes) from the state board of pharmacy in which you are attempting licensure.

Now that you know more about the MPJE, we encourage you to maximize your chances of achieving an MPJE passing result by preparing with the UWorld RxPrep MPJE Online Course. Our experienced pharmacy team emphasizes the “must-know” information by simplifying the learning experience in our course manual (which includes a 9-page study guide to help you navigate your state laws), test bank, video lectures, and state-specific flashcards.

Our learning platform offers you a one-stop-shop to watch videos, use and create flashcards, take notes, monitor your progress, and identify areas of improvement for focused study. Once you have mastered the content, evaluate your readiness with our practice exam, and prepare to ace your pharmacy exams with a provider trusted by pharmacy graduates for 20 years.

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