The Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination® (MPJE®) is an examination owned and developed by NABP for use by the boards of pharmacy to consider candidate exam results for the purposes of licensure eligibility, including licensure transfer.
The MPJE is designed to assess the candidates’ application of laws and regulations for specific states/jurisdictions and is taken by recent graduates of ACPE-accredited pharmacy schools shortly after they receive their pharmacy degree, licensed pharmacists seeking to practice in other jurisdictions, and pharmacists who have achieved FPGEC Certification.
You must take the MPJE for each participating state/jurisdiction in which you want to be licensed. There is a unique MPJE developed for each state/jurisdiction. Before you purchase your exam(s), check with the board(s) of pharmacy to make sure the MPJE is required for initial licensure and/or license transfer in the state/jurisdiction.
Some states/jurisdictions may require you to take the MPJE before you submit your Electronic Licensure Transfer Program® (eLTP™) application. Contact the state board of pharmacy to verify this requirement. More details are provided in the Licensure Transfer section of the NABP website.
NABP’s member boards have access to examination results to ensure that licensure applicants meet the minimum competency standards as determined by the states.
The MPJE is a 2.5-hour exam composed of 120 computer-based
questions. The exam uses adaptive technology to deliver selected-response
questions. Of the questions, 100 will be used to calculate your exam results.
The remaining 20 are pretest questions distributed throughout the exam, administered
so that they can be evaluated for possible inclusion in future examinations –
you will not know which questions will affect your exam results.
You must answer all questions in the order in which they are
presented, and you may not skip any questions. You cannot go back and change
your answers once you have confirmed your answer choice and moved to the next
There are no scheduled breaks during the MPJE. The total
appointment time is 2 hours and 50 minutes to allow time to read and agree to
the NDA for NABP examinations, read the tutorial, answer
the exam questions, and take the post-exam survey. You may take unscheduled
breaks, but the time used for unscheduled breaks will count against your total
time allotted for the exam.
See the Exam Results and Other Outcomes section for details on the MPJE scoring process.
To retake the MPJE, you must begin the eligibility application process again, including paying the $100 application fee. Eligibility must be reconfirmed by a board of pharmacy. Once eligibility is granted by the board, a new examination fee of $150 will be required. Candidates will not receive a new ATT to schedule an exam until the mandatory waiting period has ended, which is 30 days after the failed exam date.
If you fail the MPJE, you must wait 30 days (starting from the date of the failed attempt) before you will be allowed to schedule the MPJE again. Some jurisdictions require a longer waiting period. If you are testing for such a jurisdiction, the longer waiting period applies. This policy is mandatory, and there are no exceptions.
You have a maximum of 5 attempts per jurisdiction to pass the MPJE unless a board of pharmacy determines otherwise. For example, a candidate may attempt to pass the MPJE in one jurisdiction 5 times and may also have 5 attempts in a second jurisdiction.