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The Naplex Score 101


There is nothing more unsettling than the feeling you have after taking a major licensure exam like the NAPLEX. It is the wall that divides your years of study in pharmacy and the career you want to pursue beyond school. It is the last hurdle you have to overcome in order to become a licensed and practicing pharmacist.


So scary stuff!


After you’ve taken the NAPLEX there are only two real possibilities of the subsequent result: that’s either you pass or you fail.


Of course, who wouldn’t want to pass?


By the time you receive your NAPLEX score, you are either brimming with joy or sulking in disappointment. Any other feeling you may have will depend on your personality and self-motivation. The passing score for the exam is 75 or higher. For some examinees, the experience can be nerve-wracking. But some people can handle the pressure and can even smile even in the event that they don’t pass.


And when you receive your grade, you may ask, “What does it mean?” Is it the percentage of my right answers over the whole exam? Or is it right minus wrong?


So, here’s an explanation of the Naplex score and how it works:-


The NAPLEX is composed of 185 multiple-choice questions on subjects dealing with pharmacy and related sciences. Only 150 of these questions will be used to compute your score in the exam. The other 35 are called pretest questions, which will be used to evaluate the item’s difficulty for possible use as a scored question in future exams others will sit. Basically – you’re being a guinea pig for future examinees!


There is no way to identify a pretest question when you take the NAPLEX.


If you failed to answer 162 questions in the NAPLEX, you will get no score. If you fail to answer all 185 questions, you will be penalized and that will reflect on your score. So make sure that when you take the NAPLEX you should answer all questions, even if it means you would have to do a little bit of guesswork on the areas you don’t know.


Your score is a scaled score, which is neither a number-based score nor a percentage-based score. It is an independent value based on measures like the number of questions you answered correctly and the difficulty of the questions. It is computed based on an algorithm developed by the Board of Pharmacy and it represents the tabulated skill level of an applicant.


Typically, the scores will be available around two business days after you take the NAPLEX. You can access your score at the board’s website. Unsuccessful examinees, or those who did not get a score of 75 or higher, will be given a performance profile showing areas of relative weakness and strength in tabular format. In order to take the NAPLEX again, an examinee with a failing score will have to wait some 91 days.


If you fail in passing the NAPLEX, don’t worry too much. It’s another reason to get more motivated in retaking the exam. If you take the exam for the second time, you have to make sure that you are more prepared than the first time you took the NAPLEX, that you’ve identified your major weaknesses and revised enough to have improved.