Pharmacy College Admission Test

About the PCAT

Why take the PCAT? The PCAT is required by most pharmacy schools and identifies qualified applicants. It measures general academic ability and scientific knowledge necessary for the commencement of pharmaceutical education.

Average PCAT score of accepted students: 50th percentile

Important Notes:

The PCAT is a computerized exam offered between July and January.

During the test, you can request that your test not be scored which means no scores will be reported to you or any of the schools. This request is irrevocable.

If there is any evidence of irregular guessing on the exam, the exam score may be invalidated. Examinees are encouraged to NOT randomly fill in bubbles on unanswered questions.

Unofficial preliminary score report given at the end of the test. Official score reports released within 5 weeks.

Examinees may only register for one test date per testing window. If examinees would like to test more than once during the testing cycle, they must register for different testing windows.

Examinees who have tested 5 or more times must apply for permission to take the test again.


Test Sections

Writing

  • Questions: 2 essays
  • Number of Minutes: 60
  • Score: 0-5
  • Topics Covered: See www.PCATweb.info for topics information

Verbal Ability

  • Questions: 48
  • Number of Minutes: 30
  • Score: 200-600
  • Topics Covered: Analogies, sentence completion

Biology

  • Questions: 48
  • Number of Minutes: 30
  • Score: 200-600
  • Topics Covered: Gen Biology, Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology

Chemistry

  • Questions: 48
  • Number of Minutes: 30
  • Score: 200-600
  • Topics Covered: General Chemistry & Organic Chemistry

Reading Comprehension

  • Questions: 48
  • Number of Minutes: 50
  • Score: 200-600
  • Topics Covered: Reading comprehension covers comprehension, analysis and evaluation. See www.PCATweb.info for reading comprehension information

Quantitative Ability

  • Questions: 48
  • Number of Minutes: 40
  • Score: 200-600
  • Topics Covered: Basic math, algebra, probability & statistics, precalculus, calculus