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BPS Fall 2015 Exams Held September 17-October 3

All candidates who have been approved to sit for the Fall 2015 BPS examination window should have received a Notice to Schedule email from our test administrator, Castle Worldwide. Test sites fill up on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to schedule your exam as soon as possible if you have not done so already.

Registration for the Spring 2016 testing window will open on the BPS website in January. Examination dates will be announced in the coming months.

BPS Examinations Shortened Beginning Fall 2015

Beginning with the Fall 2015 Examination window all initial BPS Certification exams will be 175 questions in length. Initial certification candidates will be permitted a total timed testing period as follows:

  • Examination Part 1 (100 multiple-choice items): 2.5 hour testing period
  • Break (optional): Up to 45 minutes
  • Examination Part 2 (75 multiple-choice items): 1 hour, 52.5 minute testing period

Recertification examinations remain unchanged and candidates will be allowed a 2.5 hour testing period to complete the 100-item multiple-choice recertification examination.

An analysis of the BPS certification examinations showed very little change in the predicted internal consistency reliability for the 175 question examination compared to the previous 200 question examination. All candidates are reminded to arrive 15 minutes in advance of their scheduled examination time to allow for both check-in and system log-in.

Changes for International Candidates Announced for Fall 2015 Testing Window

Beginning with the Fall 2015 test administration, the following changes are in effect for all international candidates (those licensed and/or practicing outside of the United States and Canada):

  • The initial application fee for international candidates is now $685. Retake candidates will still be able to retake the examination (within one year of failing an exam) at the reduced rate of $300.
  • International applicants must have a hard copy of their transcripts or certificate of graduation sent directly to BPS from the school where they received their pharmacy degree.

This documentation must be submitted in addition to all documentation submitted as part of the online application. Documentation must come directly from the school in a sealed envelope. English translations are preferred, but not required. Please instruct your university to send all education documentation to:

Board of Pharmacy Specialties
Attn: Steve Scarlata
2215 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037-2985

For more information on the Fall 2015 testing window, please view the Fall 2015 Candidate's Guide.

Annul Report

BPS 2014 Annual Report Now Available

Click on the image to the right to access the digital version of the BPS 2014 Annual Report. The report features exam statistics, updates on new activities, Specialty Council reports and interactive video segments.



Perspectives on Critical Care Pharmacy

Beginning in Fall 2015, BPS will offer two new specialties — Critical Care Pharmacy and Pediatric Pharmacy. Click on the image to the right to view a brief video on the importance of Critical Care pharmacy specialists.


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