Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)

The PCAT is required for all PharmD applicants. There is no minimum PCAT score required to be admitted, but applicants are encouraged to review admissions statistics from previous classes.

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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 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
  General Biology 50%
  Microbiology 20%
  Human Anatomy and Physiology 30%
3. Chemical Processes (45 Minutes) 48 Items
  General Chemistry 50%
  Organic Chemistry 30%
  Basic Biochemistry Processes 20%
4. Critical Reading (50 minutes) 48 Items
  Comprehension 30%
  Analysis 40%
  Evaluation 30%
5. Quantitative Reasoning (50 minutes) 48 Items
  Basic Math 25%
  Algebra 25%
  Probability & Statistics 18%
  Precalculus 18%
  Calculus 14%
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


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.


student in the libraryIt’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.