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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PCAT Registration & Scheduling

  • PCAT is offered in July, September, October, November, and January
  • The final PCAT exam date to apply for Fall 2018 admission is January 4, 2018
  • 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 during the current application cycle (when registering for the PCAT, select PharmCAS as the score recipient). Scores reported in previous years are not attached to the application; the application will not be considered complete without an official PCAT score sent during the current cycle. 

PCAT Test Blueprint

PCAT Subtests Number and Approximate % of Item Types
1. Writing (30 Minutes) 1 prompt
2. Biological Processes (40 Minutes) 48 Items
  General Biology 50%
  Microbiology 20%
  Human Anatomy and Physiology 30%
3. Chemical Processes (40 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 (45 minutes) 48 Items
  Basic Math 25%
  Algebra 25%
  Probability & Statistics 18%
  Precalculus 18%
  Calculus 14%
Total Test (205 minutes): 192 multiple-choice items, 1 writing promt  

 Note: Each multiple-choice subtest consists of 40 operational items and 8 experimental items


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.



Selection Criteria

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.