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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 program individually.

Test Content

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.
Biology
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.
Chemistry
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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