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PCAT Scoring and Registration

The PCAT occurs in February, March, and October. Of the 79 pharmacy schools in the U.S., 42 schools currently require or recommend the PCAT for admission.

Test Sections

The exam lasts for approximately three to four hours depending on the presence of an experimental section. With 270 scored questions, the breakdown follows:

As a thinking test, you must apply basic science knowledge, math skills, and verbal knowledge. Basic science courses needed for t he PCAT include one year of college-level general chemistry, introductory organic chemistry, and biology with an emphasis on human physiology. The math for the PCAT requires a basic understanding of algebra and geometry (calculus and trigonometry are NOT covered). The PCAT also tests reading comprehension skills and word knowledge through its reading comprehension and verbal ability (antonyms & analogies) sections, respectively.

 

Section
Time (min)
Questions
verbal
30
50
biology
30
50
reading comprehension
45
45
quantitative ability
45
65
chemistry
30
60
experimental (not scored)
varies
varies
  • The reading comprehension section contains 6 passages with 6-8 accompanying questions. Subject matter may cover any area in the Natural Sciences, Sciences, and Humanities. This section requires no outside knowledge.
  • The chemistry section tests mostly general chemistry; however, it also tests some basic organic chemistry.
  • The biology section tests biology and human physiology, with a greater emphasis on physiology.
  • The quantitative ability section is approximately 75% basic math concepts and algebra and 15-20% geometry. Only 5-10% test advanced math skills (logs, factorials, etc.).
  • All of the questions, in the one-best answer multiple-choice format, have four answer choices (A - D).
  • All questions are worth one point, so you should not spend too much time on any one question. With no penalty for guessing, never leave any question blank.
Scoring

The PCAT is scored on a scale from 100 to 300. The mean occurs around a score of 200 with a sta ndard deviation around 30 points. You receive percentile scores based on the strength of the applicant pool.

Registration

The Psychological Corporation
Pharmacy College Admission Test
P.O. Box 91581
Chicago, Illinois 60693
1-800-622-3231 Exam Cost: $35 (currently)

For more information on careers in pharmacy, consult the following sources:

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
1426 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-2841
Phone: (703) 739-2330
http://www.aacp.org

American Pharmaceutical Association
2215 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037-2985
Phone: (800) 237-2742
http://www.aphanet.org

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
7272 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 657-3000
http://www.ashp.org


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