The FPGEE is an examination owned and developed by NABP to evaluate foreign pharmacy graduates for the purposes of granting FPGEC Certification. It is designed to measure knowledge in four major pharmacy content areas:
The FPGEE is a 200-question exam using a computerized format administered over a 4.5-hour testing period.
The topic areas covered in the exam are listed in the FPGEE competency statements, available on the FPGEE page of the NABP website. Sample items illustrating the question formats are also available on the website.
The FPGEE is administered by Pearson VUE at its more than 200 Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) in the continental US. The exam is not available at PPCs in Alaska, Hawaii, or any US territories.
One test date is offered annually in the fall, usually in October. Current dates are available on the NABP website. Only those candidates whose applications have been accepted by the FPGEC and have not expired before the exam will be allowed to register and schedule.
If your application is approved, and you will require testing accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for the FPGEE, you must submit the ADA request form and supporting documentation at the time you are purchasing your FPGEE examination (see below). NABP complies with all applicable federal and state statutes relating to people with disabilities.
To ensure the security and integrity of its examinations, all NABP testing accommodation requests under the ADA will be evaluated by NABP.
To submit an accommodation request:
If you do not email your ADA accommodations form at the time you purchase your FPGEE, your ADA accommodations may be delayed. Testing ADA accommodations will only be granted with the authorization of NABP.
Do not schedule your FPGEE before your ADA accommodations have been approved by NABP. You will be notified by NABP via email if you are approved for ADA testing accommodations and must schedule your examination appointment by contacting Pearson VUE by phone (see the Contact Information section in this Bulletin).
Failure to schedule for ADA accommodations with a Pearson VUE representative after NABP approval, may result in ADA accommodations not being available to you at the testing center. It is your responsibility to appropriately schedule testing appointments; any instances where the procedure has not been followed may result in the forfeiture of the testing opportunity and examination fee.
If you elect to test without your approved ADA accommodations, adjustments will not be made to the exam results.
If you wish to cancel your ADA accommodation request, email ADArequest@nabp.pharmacy with your request to withdraw your accommodation request and your desire to take your exam without any accommodations.
If you are requesting an accommodation that is listed on the Pearson VUE Comfort Aid List, you do not need to complete an accommodation request.
Check the status of your application under the “Active Applications” tab in your NABP e-Profile.
After your FPGEC application status is changed to “Accepted” in your e-Profile, you will be eligible to register for the FPGEE during the open registration period. To register, log in to your e-Profile, click on the Active Applications tab, and select Purchase. Follow the instructions to complete and pay for the exam registration. See the NABP website for important test date information, including registration dates.
The fee to take the FPGEE is $650. The fee to retake the exam on the same application is $750.
You will receive your Authorization to Test (ATT) email from Pearson VUE after you register for the FPGEE. The ATT includes important information, including instructions for scheduling your test. You may not schedule your appointment with Pearson VUE until you receive your ATT.
If you do not receive your ATT within 2 days of registering with NABP, send an email to the FPGEC at FP@nabp.pharamcy. Registration and ATT information will not be given by phone or fax.
The FPGEC will send your FPGEE Identification Card (FIC) by mail once you have received your ATT.
The FIC will serve as your primary ID for the exam. It can take up to 4 weeks to receive your FIC depending on your location. If it has been more than 4 weeks since you were accepted and you have not received your FIC, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to verify your mailing address and, if necessary, request a new card.
If the name on your ID does not match the name on your FIC and in accordance with the ID requirements, as defined in this Bulletin, you will be turned away at the testing center and will not be able to test.
If you need a new FIC, do not wait to request it. Email email@example.com immediately with any question. The FPGEC cannot guarantee you will receive your FIC within a certain time frame. Keep this in mind when making travel arrangements. Further, the FPGEC will not send a new FIC or FIC replacement within 3 weeks of the exam.
You may schedule an appointment to test with Pearson VUE once you receive your ATT. The time frame in which you may schedule your appointment is indicated in the email. Scheduling will close 5 business days prior to the examination date.
Appointments are made on a first-come, first-served basis.
NABP recommends that you schedule your testing appointment early. Waiting to schedule your testing appointment may significantly decrease the availability of seats at your preferred test center. When scheduling your appointment, be sure to follow these procedures:
Once your appointment has been scheduled, you will receive a confirmation email from Pearson VUE that provides the details of your examination appointment, directions to your selected test center, and additional instructions for the FPGEE. If you have not received a confirmation email from Pearson VUE, then you have not completed the examination appointment.
Yes. To receive a refund of your testing fee, you must cancel your appointment through both NABP and Pearson VUE at least 5 business days before the examination appointment. Note that the $100 administrative fee is not refundable. Refunds are only issued to the credit card owner’s name.
If you cancel your appointment with Pearson VUE and your FPGEC application will not expire prior to the next exam, and you plan to take the next scheduled exam, do not cancel your exam registration/purchase in your NABP e-Profile. Your ATT will still be valid, and you can schedule with Pearson VUE during open registration for the next exam.
You will not receive a refund for your FPGEE fees under the following conditions:
There are no exceptions to this policy.
If your situation falls under any of the circumstances above and your FPGEC application will not expire prior to the next exam, you will need to schedule with Pearson VUE for the next FPGEE and pay the required fees.
Remember that you have 2 years from the date of FPGEC application acceptance to take the FPGEE. You will be unable to schedule for another exam if your FPGEC acceptance has expired.