Attention: test the sidewide alert

FPGEC is currently undergoing program changes and is not accepting new applications. We anticipate applications for the updated program to be available in the first quarter of 2020. Applications submitted through November 25, 2019 will continue to be processed under current program requirements. Applicants may check their application status in e-Profile. For more information, click here.

The Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination®, or FPGEE®, is one of the examinations required as part of the FPGEC Certification Program. (You must also take and pass the TOEFL iBT, the English-language exam administered by Educational Testing Service.)

The FPGEE is offered twice each year, and it is administered at Pearson VUE test sites throughout the continental United States. Only individuals made eligible during the FPGEC application process can take the FPGEE.

You will be notified via email that you are eligible to sit for the FPGEE after successfully completing the FPGEC evaluation process. You must pass the FPGEE within two years of having your FPGEC application accepted or your application will expire, and you will need to submit a new FPGEC application. Details about the registration and scheduling processes can be found in the Registration section and the FPGEC bulletin.

Prepare for the FPGEE

Download the FPGEC Candidate Application Bulletin for detailed information about the FPGEC Certification Program and applying for the FPGEE. The Bulletin includes the following:

  • An overview of FPGEC Certification
  • FPGEC and ECE application procedures
  • Documentation of pharmacist credentials
  • Registering for the FPGEE
  • FPGEE administration
  • FPGEE score results

Download the Application Bulletin from this website to get the most accurate, updated information about the FPGEC and FPGEE.We are aware of some websites that are posting fake, outdated, or incorrect registration bulletins.

Register for the FPGEE

The FPGEE registration process is completed within your e-Profile. Before you register, make sure your contact information is up-to-date.

Once your FPGEC application has been accepted, you will receive an email notifying you that you are eligible to purchase and schedule your FPGEE appointment. You will also see this notification in the FPGEE section of your e-Profile. Register for the next FPGEE that is offered in the same section of your e-Profile. All examination fees must be paid at this time unless you submitted your FPGEC application and fees before May 2, 2018.

If you already paid for the FPGEE in the old system, you should register for the exam in the new e-Profile system. When you get to the payment section, the amount due will be zero.

NABP will mail your FPGEE Identification Card to the address listed in your e-Profile after your FPGEC application has been accepted. This identification card is required on the day of the exam. If you do not have your identification card, you will not be admitted into the testing center and you will forfeit your fees. To ensure that your FPGEE ID card is delivered, update your address information in e-Profile prior to registering.

Schedule and Take the FPGEE

After you have registered (including submitting your fees), you will receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) letter via email from Pearson Vue (NABP’s testing vendor). The ATT letter includes instructions on scheduling your testing appointment and other important information. Please note that you cannot schedule your exam unless you have an ATT.

You will schedule your FPGEE appointment at a Pearson Vue test site within the continental United States. For more information on which test sites administer the FPGEE and other important details, see the FPGEC Application Bulletin. Any changes to your testing appointment must be made through Pearson VUE.

Review the FPGEE Competency Statements

The FPGEE Competency Statements provide a blueprint of the topics covered on the examination. A strong understanding of the Competency Statements will aid in your preparation to take the examination. The 250 questions on the FPGEE are divided among four content areas:

  • Basic biomedical sciences – 10%
  • Pharmaceutical sciences – 33%
  • Social, behavioral, administrative pharmacy sciences – 22%
  • Clinical sciences – 35%

The statements can be found in the FPGEC Candidate Application Bulletin.

Take the Pre-FPGEE

To get a feel for what is on the exam, consider the Pre-FPGEE. The Pre-FPGEE is a 66 question practice exam that will help you see what it will be like to take the FPGEE. Available online, the Pre-FPGEE is accessible anywhere you have an internet connection.

Important Information for Your Test Day

  1. Bring your FPGEE Identification Card AND two forms of accepted ID, including:
    •  A government-issued identification that contains a recent photograph and signature. Examples include:
      • Passport
    • Other valid government-issued IDs:
      • US-issued or foreign driver’s license
      • US state identification card
    • A secondary ID, examples include:
      • Driver’s license
      • Passport
      • State-issued ID card
      • US passport card
      • Military ID
      • US military ID
      • Valid debit/credit/ATM cards (must be Visa, Discover, MasterCard, or American Express)

The printed name on both your primary and secondary forms of ID must match the name that appears on your FPGEE Identification Card. If you do not have the correct IDs with you on the day of your test, you will not be able to test. See Identification Requirements in the FPGEC Candidate Application Bulletin for more information.

2. Arrive 30 minutes early: This will give you time to complete check-in procedures.

    • You will be required to provide a digital signature and have your photograph taken.
    • You will also provide a palm vein scan if this is your first time taking the test.
    • You will need to provide a digital fingerprint and a palm vein scan if you are a repeat test-taker.

If you arrive at the test center 30 minutes after your scheduled examination time, you will forfeit your appointment.

3. Read the FPGEC Candidate Application Bulletin for more information about procedures and restrictions.

Report Exam Irregularities

Please read the FPGEC Application Bulletin for more information about exam misconduct. If you have witnessed such misconduct or other irregularities as described in the Bulletin, please report it to NABP immediately.

Missed Appointments and Rescheduling Your Exam

If you need to cancel a scheduled appointment to test, you must cancel your examination at least five business days before your scheduled test date.

To receive a full refund of your examination fees, you must withdraw from the FPGEE through the NABP e-Profile system and cancel your appointment with Pearson Vue at least five business days prior to your examination date. If you do not withdraw from the exam and cancel your appointment with Pearson Vue within five business days, you will not receive a refund of your FPGEE fees.

If you arrive at the test center without the appropriate credentials, you will be refused entrance into the examination. There will be no refund of your testing fee. You will be required to re-register for the FPGEE and pay the FPGEE re-take fee.

See FPGEC Candidate Application Bulletin for details on missed appointments and rescheduling your test date.

Exam Limits: Five Attempts

FPGEC candidates are allowed a maximum of five attempts to successfully pass the FPGEE. See the FPGEC Candidate Application Bulletin for more information on the retake policy.