What is the MPJE and What do I Need to Know?
WHAT IS THE MPJE?
The Multi-Prudence Jurisdiction Examination (MPJE) is a 120-question computer-based exam that uses adaptive testing response questions. For example, if you keep getting questions wrong then the computer will provide you questions that are statistically deemed “easier.” It’s important to note that of the 120 questions on this exam, only 100 are used to calculate your final score. The remaining 20 questions are pretest questions that will not count into your MPJE score, but you won’t be able to tell which ones are pretest questions and which ones are not. The total testing time is two hours with NO breaks during the testing session so it’s important to take note of time.
WHAT IS THE PASSING SCORE?
The passing scaled score is 75 with the minimum score being zero and maximum 100. The exam is divided into three major sections:
- Pharmacy Practice- 83%
- Licensure, registration, certification, operational requirements- 15%
- General Regulatory Processes- 2%
WHAT HAPPENS IF I FAIL?
If you don’t pass the first time you still have 4 more attempts to pass you’re MPJE exam. A maximum of 5 tries per state to pass the MPJE is allowed. Hopefully you won’t fail the first time you take your MPJE but if you do, you need to wait 30 days per state until you can sit for the exam again to re-take. For the NAPLEX, it is a period of 45 days to wait before you can retake the exam again.
Note that if your eligibility to sit for the NAPLEX or MPJE is going to expire within 10 business days then you won’t be able to pay and sit for the exam so make sure as soon as you get your authorization to test (ATT) letter that you book your appointment as soon as possible.
IMPORTANT 2019-2020 UPDATES TO MPJE AND NAPLEX
The re-sit fees for the NAPLEX and MPJE are bumped up to $475 and $150 (YIKES that hurts!). If you miss your exam due to an emergency (whatever that means), then you can ask if you can re-sit to take your exam for a reduced fee of $170 for the NAPLEX or $100 for the MPJE.
SOME MAJOR POINTS TO REMEMBER:
- All questions are answered in order so there’s no going back
- Lots of situational questions
- Online registration costs $250.00 per examination
- You will need to bring two forms of ID at Pearson Vue
- At least one picture ID with signature (i.e. Driver’s License)
- Other can be credit card with signature
- 120 questions, 100 count towards your score
- MUST complete 107 questions for examination to be scored
- If you fail, you must wait 30 days to retake for the MPJE and 45 days for the NAPLEX
- The MPJE doesn’t distinguish between state and federal laws, but answer each question based on state law
- Any misconduct or inkling of misconduct is grounds for failure
- Arrive at least 30 minutes early
- Ensure to read EVERY SINGLE WORD!
- They will try to trick you so make sure to answer the question they ask, and lookout for unusual words as triggers.
BREAKDOWN OF FEES:
Total if you passed the first time:
$250 MPJE ($150 + $100 application fee)
$575 NAPLEX ($475 + $100 application fee)
Total if you failed but passed the second time:
$500 MPJE ($250 x 2)
$1,150 NAPLEX ($575 x 2)
As you can see, it really adds up if you don’t pass the first time so we hope that you pass the first time! This does not include the stress and wasted time either since you can’t start working until your licensed. We highly recommend reviewing the https://nabp.pharmacy/programs/mpje/ site and reading over the NAPLEX/MPJE registration bulletin. They provide a more specific overview of the exam, scheduling requirements, and a list of core competencies for you to understand. Don’t spend too much time on the core competencies, but more on understanding the laws, as there are many situational type questions.
RxPharmacist got created out of a calling to help a fellow classmate who failed his board exams, lost his job offer, and almost went homeless in not being able to gain employment as he had to wait 45 days before being able to sit and retake his board exams. Frustrated over the high cost of expensive study guides that were outdated, heavy in content, and weren’t focused on getting to the information needed to pass was the call to action that RxPharmacist has answered.
We are a group of volunteer pharmacists, paid pharmacy students, and mentors to our pharmacy profession driven by fellow pharmacy graduates and pharmacists just like you. We want to make a positive difference and disrupt the pharmacy test-prep industry but we need your help.
If you think you can help join our cause, feel free to shoot us over an email on how we can improve our services and products to help you. Even though this starter guide is basic in nature, we hope it can get you pointed in the right direction so you can start your journey in passing your MPJE board exams. Whether you are a fresh pharmacy graduate or a seasoned pharmacist getting licensed in another state, we’re excited you started your journey with us although it will be short-lived as we hope you will pass the first time!
We all understand board studying for gaining your pharmacist licensure is not easy. We don’t want the stress and headaches of potential failing you’re MPJE get in the way of the career you want.