Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)
PCAT Scheduling and Deadlines
Reporting Your PCAT Score to PharmCAS
- PCAT is offered in July, September, October, November, January, and February
- The final PCAT exam window for Early Decision admission for Fall 2020 is July 11-12, 2019
- The final PCAT exam window for scholarship consideration for Fall 2020 is October 21-November 1, 2019
- The final PCAT exam window for Fall 2020 admission is January 6-7, 2020
*Note: applicants wishing to take the PCAT during the February 1-14, 2020 window should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for advance approval
- It's best to register for the PCAT at least two months before your test date
- PCAT scores expire after 5 years
- An official PCAT score must be sent to PharmCAS at code 104 (when registering for the PCAT, select PharmCAS as the score recipient).
- Scores reported in prior years, starting with the 2017-2018 cycle, can be pulled forward to the next application cycle; applicants must apply through PharmCAS as a reapplicant and choose to pull test scores forward rather than starting a blank application. Applicants who had a score report sent to PharmCAS prior to the 2017-2018 cycle must order a new score report to be sent during the current application cycle.
PCAT Test Blueprint
|PCAT Subtests||Number and Approximate % of Item Types|
|1. Writing (30 Minutes)||1 prompt|
|2. Biological Processes (45 Minutes)||48 Items|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology||30%|
|3. Chemical Processes (45 Minutes)||48 Items|
|Basic Biochemistry Processes||20%|
|4. Critical Reading (50 minutes)||48 Items|
|5. Quantitative Reasoning (50 minutes)||48 Items|
|Probability & Statistics||18%|
|Total Test (220 minutes): 192 multiple-choice items, 1 writing promt|
Note: Each multiple-choice subtest consists of 40 operational items and 8 experimental items
Once you have submitted a complete application, your application is reviewed within three weeks according to the first seven selection criteria.
Our selection criteria include: academic achievement, understanding & motivation for pharmacy, work experience, letters of recommendation, community service & leadership, application essays, unique factors that contribute to a diverse student body, and the interview.
It’s common for students to study at least a few months before they take the PCAT. Aside from using a PCAT study book, you can also take a PCAT prep course. Kaplan offers online PCAT prep courses year-round and free practice tests. Current pharmacy students also strongly recommend taking the Pearson online practice tests as good preparation for the PCAT.