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Pass Rate for Licensure Exam Nears 90%

Kate Traynor

Eighty-nine percent of the 8,771 people who took the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) last year passed the test, says the Advisory Committee on Examinations for the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).

About two thirds of those who took the NAPLEX last year did so during May–August. This group had the highest pass rate, 92 percent. Eighty-three percent of the people who took the test at other times last year earned a passing mark.

The advisory committee reported that nearly 10,500 people took the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MJPE) in 2000. Ninety percent of those who took the test earned a passing score. The committee stated that 39 states now participate in the MJPE program.

Over 1,300 people who received their pharmacy training outside of North America have applied at least once to take the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination since last November, when NABP first offered the test in a computerized format. About 500 of the applicants were deemed eligible to take the test, and 133 had done so through February 2001. One hundred test takers passed the examination, and nine have been certified by NABP’s Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee.