Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled testing appointment to give yourself plenty of time to check in and prepare. If you arrive more than 30 minutes after your scheduled examination time, you will forfeit your appointment. There are no refunds of testing fees for forfeited appointments.
Bring your FIC and the ID approved by the FPGEC to the test center (see below). You must present both to be admitted to the exam. The FPGEC also recommends that you bring a secondary ID that contains your name and a signature.
When your test administrator instructs you to put all personal belongings in a locker, they will tell you where to keep your ID. Each time you enter and leave the testing room, your identity will be verified.
You will not be admitted to the examination without your FIC and the proper ID, and you will not have an opportunity to reschedule your testing appointment at the test center. There will be no refund of your testing fee.
If the name on your FIC and on your primary ID are not the same, you will not be admitted to take your scheduled FPGEE. If your name has been legally changed, you must inform the FPGEC in writing at least 30 days before the examination day. Name changes cannot be completed at the test center. See the Name Changes, Name Matching on Documents, and Other Guidelines section for more information.
In addition to your FIC, you must present one of the following acceptable primary IDs, which must be current (not expired) and contain a recent recognizable photograph and signature.
The name on your ID must exactly match the name on your FIC. There are some exceptions, as shown on the table below:
If the name on your primary ID does not match the name on your FIC and in accordance with the table above, you will be turned away at the testing center and will not be able to test.
Unacceptable ID documents include, but are not limited to:
All temporary forms of ID must meet the requirements listed above and must be the actual government-issued temporary ID. It may be paper or another form, but it may not be a copy. It must be current, valid, and contain a recognizable photograph with your signature. A secondary form of ID will still be required. Acceptable forms of temporary ID include:
During the check-in process, Pearson VUE staff will take your photo. You will also need to provide a digital signature. If you do not provide this information, you will not be able to take the exam.
If you have questions or concerns about the check-in process, contact Pearson VUE customer service.
NABP recommends that you leave all unneeded personal items at home. Secure storage for personal items is not guaranteed and may be limited. You will be required to leave all personal belongings, including prohibited items (see below), outside the testing room.
In addition, all candidates are required to adhere to the following policies.
Once you are checked in, do not leave the test center building during the examination appointment or scheduled/unscheduled breaks unless you have received permission from the testing administrator. Once you are checked in, do not access your cell phone or any other prohibited items until you complete the exam and leave the test center.
You may not smoke or vape in the testing room or testing center.
Friends or relatives will not be permitted to wait in the test center or testing room during your admission process or during your examination.
Remain Seated at Your Workstation
You will be escorted to your workstation after being checked in. Remain in your seat during the exam, except when authorized to leave by a test center administrator in accordance with NABP policies and procedures.
Your exam score may be invalidated, you may forfeit your appointment to test and the related exam fees, and you may be required to reapply for the examination if you fail to follow these procedures.
You will receive an erasable note board and pen to use during your examination. You may not remove the board or pen from the testing room at any time, and you will not be allowed to bring your own scratch paper or pencil/pen into the testing room.
An on-screen calculator can also be accessed during the exam. This calculator can be used in a scientific and 5-function mode. You may request a handheld calculator, but it will only be capable of 5-function mode. Personal calculators of any kind are prohibited.
Before you begin the FPGEE, you will have 5 minutes to read and agree to the terms and conditions of the NABP Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) for NABP examinations. You must select the “agree” box when the NDA is presented to be able to proceed to the mandatory tutorial. You will have 10 minutes to complete the mandatory tutorial. Upon completion of your exam, you will have an additional 15 minutes to take an optional survey.
If, after being presented with the NDA, you select the “disagree” box or fail to select either box within the allotted 5 minutes, you will not be able to proceed, and your exam session will be terminated. All testing fees will be forfeited.
Before the test begins, you will have 10 minutes to complete a tutorial. You will then have a total of 4 hours and 30 minutes to complete the 200-question examination. This time begins when the first question appears on the screen.
When you have completed the exam, there is an optional end-of-examination survey, after which the test administrator will collect your note board and marker and walk you through the check-out process.
There are two 15-minute breaks provided after 90 minutes and 180 minutes. These breaks do not count against your total testing time.
In addition to the 15-minute breaks, you may raise your hand to inform the testing administrator if you need to take an additional break. Time taken for optional breaks will count against your total testing time.
During all breaks, test center restrictions, security measures, and the prohibited actions described in the Misconduct section below continue to apply. All security measures will be required any time you re-enter the testing room.
During breaks, you may access food, beverages, handbags, purses, wallets, money, medication, or specific items from the Pearson VUE Comfort Aid List. You may not access your phone or any other items at any time during the examination appointment or leave the testing center building, including during breaks.
No. The format of the exam requires that all questions be answered in the order they appear. You may not skip a question or return to a previous question.
Individuals are expressly prohibited from engaging in misconduct at all times in connection with any portion of the NAPLEX, Pre-NAPLEX, MPJE, Pre-MPJE, or FPGEE, or Pre-FPGEE, including exam questions, answers, question format, profiles, or scenarios (individually or collectively “Exam Content”). Misconduct in connection with Exam Content or the above referenced exams includes, without limitation, the following:
Misconduct in connection with any NABP examination or Exam Content is prohibited at all times, including prior to applying, scheduling, or taking the examination, during an examination appointment, or after the examination, as described in this Bulletin. Misconduct can involve individuals, candidates, or groups of individuals or candidates such as classmates, coworkers, friends, family, study groups, prep courses, organizations, or entities. Individuals or groups of individuals who engage in any misconduct described in this or any other exam bulletin may be subject to one or more of the actions listed in the Consequences of Misconduct section of this Bulletin.
The examination appointment session begins when the candidate is checked into the test center, includes scheduled and non-scheduled breaks, and ends when the candidate is dismissed from the center. Examples of examination misconduct include, but are not limited to:
Individuals who engage in any misconduct described in this section or who exhibit any of the behaviors described in this section may be subject to one or more of the actions listed below.
If NABP obtains information that an individual has engaged in any misconduct as defined in this Bulletin, NABP, in its sole discretion, may take one or more actions, including, but not limited to:
NABP reserves the right to bar a candidate from sitting for the FPGEE, to terminate a candidate's examination session, to invalidate the results of a candidate's examination, to disqualify the candidate from the FPGEC Certification Program, to withhold FPGEC certification, to revoke an FPGEC certification, and/or to take other appropriate action.
NABP also reserves the right to share information with one or more boards of pharmacy or law enforcement authorities concerning an individual’s misconduct or the withholding or invalidation of a candidate’s NAPLEX, MPJE, and/or FPGEE results.
In the rare event that a problem arises in the administration of an examination, it may affect an individual or a group of test takers. Problems may include, without limitation: power failures, defective equipment, or other disruptions of the exam administrations such as natural disasters or other emergencies. When these atypical circumstances occur, Pearson VUE will conduct an investigation to provide information to NABP. Based on this information, NABP, at its sole discretion, may not score the test, may withhold the reporting of an exam result while NABP reviews the matter, or may cancel or invalidate the exam result. Affected test takers will be notified of the reason for the cancellation and their options for retaking the test. There is no appeal of any decision made due to atypical testing circumstances.
If circumstances require you to wait more than 30 minutes and you have already started the testing session, Pearson VUE will advise you of the options available to you.
If your testing center closes because of inclement weather, Pearson VUE will attempt to contact you to reschedule the appointment; however, it is your responsibility as a candidate to contact Pearson VUE to determine if the test center is open and/or to reschedule.
If the Pearson VUE testing center where you are scheduled to test is open and you do not keep your scheduled appointment, you will forfeit all fees. No portion of the examination fee will be refunded.