PCAT: Pharmacy College Admissions Test
The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is a specialized test
which helps identify qualified applicants to pharmacy colleges by
measuring general academic ability and scientific knowledge
necessary for the commencement of pharmaceutical education.
Approximately half of all U.S. colleges of pharmacy require the PCAT
for admission to schools and college of pharmacy. Check with each
The PCAT consists of approximately 300 multiple-choice questions.
Each question has four answer choices listed, only one of which is
correct. The answer to each question can be derived independently of
the answers to any other question. You will have approximately three
and one-half hours to complete the text (including a short rest
break about halfway through the test).
The PCAT is divided into separate sections, each of which is
timed separately. During the time allowed for each section, you will
be permitted to work only on that section. You will not be allowed
to go back to earlier sections or on to later sections.
There are five content areas measured by the PCAT:
- Verbal Ability
- section measures general, nonscientific word knowledge using
antonyms and analogies. There are approximately 50 questions
in this section.
- Quantitative Ability
- section measures skills in arithmetic processes including
fractions, decimals, and percentages, and ability to reason
through and understand quantitative concepts and relationships,
including applications of algebra (but not of trigonometry or
calculus). There are approximately 65 questions in this
- section measures knowledge of the principles and concepts of
basic biology with major emphasis on human biology. There are
approximately 50 questions in this section.
- section measures knowledge of principles and concepts of
inorganic and elementary organic chemistry. There are
approximately 60 questions in this section.
- Reading Comprehension
- section measures ability to comprehend, analyze, and
interpret reading passages on scientific topics. There are
approximately 45 questions in this section.
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