Pharmacy Board Review 

P.O. Box 21235, Brooklyn, NY 11202-1235



Changes to the Pharmacy Part 3 Examination

The Pharmacy Part 3 Examination consists of two parts:  a Written test that is held on the first day, and a Compounding Test held on the second day.  This is notification of a change to the examination, the net effect being that the Written Test will be somewhat shorter, and points will be reallocated across the two parts as described below.  Each test will have a 3-hour time limit.  This change becomes effective with the January 2016 examination.

The Written Test on the first day will consist of:

Patient's Profile (Three): 12 points (4 points each)

Look-Alike & Sound-Alike Medications:  8 points

Prescription Verification (also known as “Errors and Omissions”):  20 points

Candidates will be presented with a grouping of the following reproductions: a written prescription, the label, and the pharmaceutical product.  From their study of each group of prescription, label and product, candidates will either confirm that the prescription has been filled correctly and may be dispensed, or they will have to write a very brief but precise description of what error or omission has occurred in the filling of the prescription.


Effective January 2016:  There will be a portion of the written portion consisting of medication errors particularly focusing on medications that look alike & sound alike.

The Compounding Test on the second day will consist of preparing three products and answering questions about the preparations:

Rx 1:  Compounding a Product for Intravenous Infusion (“IV bag”):  20 points

Rx 2:  Compounding a Product (suspension, capsule, ointment, or other):  20 points

Rx 3:  Compounding a Product (suspension, capsule, ointment, or other):  20 points