Your Comprehensive NAPLEX® Exam Guide
Everything you need to know about the NAPLEX
What is the NAPLEX?
What is the purpose of the NAPLEX?
When can I apply for the NAPLEX?
You can only schedule your exam once you have met all graduation requirements and your state board of pharmacy has confirmed your eligibility to test. Most students begin applying as they get close to completing pharmacy school—within a few months of their expected graduation date. If you are a foreign graduate, you can apply once you have earned your Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee (FPGEC®) Certification. To learn more about applying for the NAPLEX, review our article, Everything You Need To Know About NAPLEX Application and Test Day.
How do I apply for the NAPLEX?
Can I take the NAPLEX before graduation?
Can I take the NAPLEX before completing an internship?
Should I take NAPLEX or MPJE first?
What is on the NAPLEX?
|Competency Statement||Percent Allocation|
|Obtain, Interpret, or Assess Data, Medical, or Patient Information||18%|
|Identify Drug Characteristics||14%|
|Develop or Manage Treatment Plans||35%|
|Compound, Dispense, or Administer Drugs, or Manage Delivery Systems||11%|
|Develop or Manage Practice or Medication-Use Systems to Ensure Safety and Quality||7%|
Is the NAPLEX tough?
How hard is it to pass the NAPLEX?
How many hours is the NAPLEX?
Can you pass the NAPLEX without studying?
When should I start studying for the NAPLEX?
While some students find three to six weeks from the exam date a sufficient window to study for the NAPLEX, we encourage you to start studying early to make sure you are thoroughly prepared. Cramming for the exam will likely only add unnecessary stress and anxiety to your experience. Instead, it is wise to study at your own pace over an extended period to retain the information over the long term, so consider starting your studies 6-12 months before the exam. For some perspective, check out our UWorld RxPrep 6-12 Month Study Review Schedule.
How long does it take to study for the NAPLEX?
How do I prepare for the NAPLEX?
Consider using the UWorld RxPrep NAPLEX online course, pharmacy students’ #1 trusted resource, to prepare for the pharmacy licensure exam. Below is a quick guide to studying with the RxPrep NAPLEX course book:
- Take the two free assessment tests: Begin by taking the free assessment tests at rxprep.com (you must register and create an account to access these assessments). If you have online course access, you can find these tests within the “Preparing for NAPLEX with RxPrep” topic on your e-Learning page. The assessments are important to determine if you are ready to jump into NAPLEX preparation or require remediation in basic math skills and/or basic drug information, such as brand and generic drug names.
- Create a study plan: Our RxPrep pharmacists have organized the course book topics based on the time it usually takes to complete them to help you create your study plan (see How to ACE Your Exams). You can find sample study schedules and templates at Sample Study Schedules.
- Study clinical and math chapters: Decide if you know a topic well by reviewing the chapter in the course book. If you know the chapter well, complete a quick review and proceed to the test bank(s) for that topic without skipping any. If you don’t know the chapter well (or score less than 70% in a test bank), read the chapter while watching the video for the chapter and following along with the instructor, highlighting the information you will need to review before attempting the matching test bank questions.
- Take the RxPrep NAPLEX practice exam: After you’ve reviewed the material and feel confident that you’ve retained the concepts, test your readiness by taking our NAPLEX practice exam.
What happens if I fail the NAPLEX?
How often is the NAPLEX offered?
How is the NAPLEX scored?
The NAPLEX uses a Pass/Fail scoring system, meaning you will not receive a scaled score.
Does your NAPLEX score expire?
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