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CPJE-California Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination – Practice Questions

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CPJE – California Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination

What is the CPJE?

CPJE or The California Practice Standards Jurisprudence Exam for Pharmacists is one of two examinations required for licensure to practice as a pharmacist in the state of California. The other is the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX), which is administered by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).

The CPJE is a test administered by the PSI, an examination contractor of the California State Board of Pharmacy. The test is two hours long, and there are a total of 90 questions to answer. Out of these 90 questions, 15 items are pre-test questions that don’t affect your score. Pre-test questions allow the Board to gather performance data and evaluate the questions before they become scoreable in a future examination. These pre-test questions show up throughout the test, and you will not be able to identify as pre-test items.

CPJE Knowledge Check Domain Areas

The CPJE test is designed to assess your knowledge in the following areas:

1) Patient Medications (20 items)

2) Patient Outcomes (33 items)

3) Pharmacy Operations (22 items)

For the quickest and most convenient CPJE test scheduling process, PSI recommends that candidates register for their CPJE test using their website, which is available 24 hours a day. Candidates may register online by accessing PSI registration website at www.psiexams.com.

How much does CPJE cost?

To apply for the California Practice Standards and Jurisprudence Examination (CPJE), you will need to visit https://www.pharmacy.ca.gov/

A non-refundable application fee of $260 is payable to the Board of Pharmacy, and an examination fee of $30.50 is due to the PSI at the time of scheduling the exam.

Fees may change without notice. Please visit the California Pharmacy Board website to obtain the most current information.

How Should I Study for CPJE?

The CPJE is the final challenge before you obtain your Pharmacist license and should not be taken lightly. Depending on the strength of your Pharmacy clinical and law knowledge, your study schedule should be between 10 to 12 weeks.

It is essential to review the CPJE content outline published by the California Pharmacy Board thoroughly at https://www.Pharmacy.ca.gov/publications/phy_handbook_psi.pdf

How long is the CPJE?

CPJE consists of 90 multiple-choice questions, administered on a computer at designated test centers throughout the country. You have two hours to complete the CPJE test.

Candidates must answer all questions in sequence and cannot return later to any item to change or review an answer.

How is the CPJE scored?

The score obtained on the CPJE is reported as a scaled score, which will vary from 0 to 99. To pass the exam, a test taker must obtain a scaled score of 75.

The CPJE is not graded on a curve so that 75 percent of the candidates will pass it and a candidate does not need to get 75 percent of the items correct to pass the CPJE.

At any time, the Board has multiple test sets in use, and these sets vary with each other and maybe harder than others. To adjust for the difficulty of different test sets and to ensure fairness to all candidates, the Board practices a criterion-referenced scoring method to determine the passing score for any test set of the CPJE. This method gives a raw passing score, which is converted to a scaled score ranging between 0 and 99.

What is the CPJE pass rate?

The California Board of Pharmacy publishes its biannual report of the examination statistics for the CPJE.

According to the Semi-Annual CPJE statistical report for April 2018 through September 2018 the overall pass rate for the CPJE is 78.2 percent. The CPJE pass rate for graduates from the California schools of Pharmacy is 89.7 percent.

5-Year pass rate comparison of CPJE depicts a declining trend in the pass percentage.

Year                                               Pass Rate Percentage

April 2013 – Mar. 2014                                                       80.1

April 2014 – Mar. 2015                                                       78.7

April 2015 – Mar. 2016                                                       78.4

April 2016 – Mar. 2017                                                       65.4

April 2017 – Mar. 2018                                                       70.3

5 Test Prep Tips for Students Taking the CPJE/MPJE & the NAPLEX

Are you planning to take both the CPJE/MPJE, and NAPLEX exams?

Give yourself the best possible chance of success at landing into your dream job.  This blog post will show you how to balance studying for both tests at once.

NAPLEX and CPJE/MPJE: Advantage of Taking Both

At the end of Pharmacy school, most students will take the NAPLEX and CPJE or MPJE right away to obtain a Pharmacist license. However, taking both tests in a short time frame can be a good strategy, as you’ll be ready to apply for your dream job and have an edge with your license in hand. That said, taking both the NAPLEX and CPJE/MPJE poses the unique challenge of having two significant exams to study for within the same time frame.

Here are five tips for how you can balance studying for both tests to get the best possible results.

Chart Your Goals

Before you begin your study process for the NAPLEX and CPJE/MPJE, you’ll want to have a strong understanding of your goals. Determine the target test you like to take first and, even more importantly, decide which exam is more critical for you to pass first.

You can make this decision by looking into your academic strengths or which test you have a higher chance of success on the first try. Making this decision in advance will give you a valuable sense of focus during crunch time.

Acknowledge the Timing

Balancing studying for multiple tests at once is mostly a matter of timing and scheduling. Pick your official test dates as soon as possible, ideally ones that are not too close to each other. Then schedule your study time, beginning with concepts that apply to both tests and focusing on the more specific aspects of each test as its date approaches.

Dig through the Basics

As we mentioned above, you’ll want to invest the majority of your study time on developing those abilities and skills that will help you with both tests. For example, building your clinical knowledge and patient consultation skills will be a boon on both the NAPLEX and the CPJE, making it a worthwhile skill to invest your time.

Discover the Overlap

Beyond basic skills, the NAPLEX and CPJE also have a significant overlap in terms of the actual material required to learn. Find the overlap between the two tests, and focus your study efforts on those topics and concepts.

For example, both tests will require to comprehend patient outcome measures, developing a therapeutic regimen, assessing changes in the health status, and performing pharmaco-kinetic calculations. If you’re solid in these areas, you’ll have a better chance of achieving your target passing score on both tests, killing two birds with one stone.

Study Smarter, Not Harder

Just because you have two tests to study for doesn’t mean you have to study twice as much. Understanding what to expect from both the NAPLEX and the CPJE/MPJE, as well as having strong time-management skills, will enable you to prepare for both exams concurrently. Concentrate on test-taking skills. Take practice tests and sharpen in on those specific areas in which you need the most work, rather than taking a large-scale approach, investing time in skills and subjects you’re already good.

Our Pharmacist team has recommended the following for your review – 

1) Please review all the newsletters published by the CA Board of Pharmacy on their website. 


2) Give yourself at least 10-12 weeks to review the laws and regulations from  Board of Pharmacy and DEA website



3) Utilize free downloads from USP and review chapter <797> and <800>


4) Review ‘The Script’, board-published monographs on drug therapy and health notes.

5) Review Community Pharmacy and Hospital Outpatient Pharmacy Self-Assessment forms as study aids for the CPJE, available on the board website.

Follow the above tips and remove obstacles in succeeding when it comes to balancing your test prep for NAPLEX and CPJE/MPJE. Good luck!

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