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Naplex Scoring

Discussion in 'Pharmacy Licensure and Exams' started by legaia, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. legaia

    legaia Member
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    Jul 5, 2004
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    How does NAPLEX scoring really work? If it's based on 150 questions and 150 is the max, and the questions are weighted, does that mean some questions are worth less than 1 point? Essentially, you need a 50% to pass? Or what percent of the questions would you say you need to pass (unweighted)?

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  3. ChargerSRT

    2+ Year Member

    Apr 7, 2008
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    I would suggest reading the NAPLEX bulletin.


    "The NAPLEX is a computer-adaptive examination that consists of 185 multiple-choice test questions. Of these, 150 questions will be used to calculate your test score. The remaining 35 items serve as pretest questions, and do not affect your NAPLEX score. Pretest questions are administered to evaluate items' difficulty level for possible inclusion as scored questions in future examinations. These pretest questions are dispersed throughout the examination and cannot be identified by the candidate.

    To receive a test score, you must have completed at least 162 questions on the examination. Candidates completing less than 162 questions will NOT have their scores reported. Candidates who complete at least 162 questions, but fewer than 185 questions, will have a penalty applied and their scores adjusted to reflect the number of questions that remained unanswered. Therefore, it is in the candidate's best interest to answer all questions presented.

    The minimum acceptable passing score on the NAPLEX scale is 75. The passing score reported is not a percentage value. The score is calculated by first determining the candidate's ability level on the NAPLEX and then comparing the candidate's ability level to the predetermined minimum acceptable ability level established for the NAPLEX. The passing standard has been established by a panel of pharmacy experts, and the ability level that defines the passing standard is the same for all NAPLEX administrations."
  4. Spyris

    Spyris Member
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    Mar 22, 2004
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    Wiki says 60% raw score.


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