The Saudi Pharmacist Licensure Examination (SPLE) has been mandated by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS). The aim of this exam to assess the pharmacist to practice in Saudi Arabia.
Primary Requirements for SPLE
To apply for the SPLE, you must have a recognized primary degree (Pharm D or B Pharm) from an accredited health science program or commenced training in the internship year or student who is one year away from graduation.
When applying for the examination through the e-application, you should include the required attachments. Once your application is processed, a scheduling permit with your eligibility period will be issued. You will receive an email with instructions for accessing your permit. After obtaining the scheduling permit, you may visit the specified website to schedule a test date.
After scheduling your exam, please review your appointment confirmation email to ensure that you have the correct exam, date, and time. Please access ProProctor 30 minutes before your exam time.
Remote exams are offered virtually using Prometric’s ProProctor™ application online. For a remotely proctored exam:
- You must have access to a computer with a camera, microphone, and an internet connection.
- Your computer must be able to install a lightweight app prior to the test event.
- You will be able to take the exam online while a Prometric proctor oversees the examination process remotely.
- Saudi university/college students can sit for SMLE-SDLE-SNLE-SPLE during the final year of undergraduate studies.
- There are 16 cities nationwide that deliver the tests during test windows with 404 seats/day.
- Scheduling the allowed test attempts during the year is the sole responsibility of the candidate.
- SCFHS is not responsible for delaying the test attempts till the end of the year and not finding a test spot.
- Candidates can test in any SCFHS approved Prometric testing center locally and internationally as locations appear upon scheduling.
- A candidate is not allowed to sit for the test twice in the same testing window. In this instance, the result of the first dated test will be announced and the second will be considered an attempt and result invalid.
- All candidates must review the applicant guide before taking the test.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How many times can I retake the SPLE?
• All eligible candidates may take SPLE up to four times a year starting from the first attempt to obtain a pass score.
• After obtaining a pass score in the SPLE each candidate is eligible for two further attempts to improve their mark for the purpose of attaining a better opportunity for residency selection.
• After one calendar year of the second attempt mentioned above each candidate is eligible for one further attempt annually to improve their mark for the purpose of attaining a better score for residency selection.
- How is the examination conducted?
SPLE is conducted using computer based testing with three sets. The testing period is 6 hours. After finishing the first set of 100 items and second set of 100 items scheduled breaks are allowed with a total of 45 minutes can be taken. Upon leaving the testing area candidates are required to sign-out and when entering again sign-in and go through security check.
- How are SPLE results announced?
SPLE contains 300 multiple-choice questions with the possibility of including up to 20 unscored items. Results are not provided instantly. During the window closing period, psychometric analysis is conducted and results are announced within 2-6 weeks of the end of a test window. Two reports will be provided to every candidate, statement of results and a feedback report on performance in comparison to other test-takers.
- How is the SPLE pass score established?
The SCFHS brings together a panel of Saudi pharmacists to define an acceptable level of performance and establish the pass score for the SPLE through a standard setting exercise. The panel then recommends its pass score to the Central Assessment Committee (CAC) for approval.
Please be advised that Prometric does not sell test preparation or practice content in any form. Any website or training provider claiming to offer the official test content is unauthorized and not supported by Saudi Commission for Health Specialties or Prometric.