Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)
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|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology||30%|
|3. Chemical Processes (40 Minutes)||48 Items|
|Basic Biochemistry Processes||20%|
|4. Critical Reading (50 minutes)||48 Items|
|5. Quantitative Reasoning (45 minutes)||48 Items|
|Probability & Statistics||18%|
|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
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.
Steps to Apply
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.