Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT®) is a specialized test that helps identify qualified applicants to pharmacy colleges. It measures general academic ability and scientific knowledge necessary for the commencement of pharmaceutical education. The PCAT is constructed specifically for colleges of pharmacy.

PCAT Content Outline

The PCAT Test Blueprint on the following page lists the content and time allowed for each of the five subtests in the order they appear on the PCAT.

Before starting the application process, read the PCAT Guide. The PCAT is comprised of multiple-choice test items presented in the English language. The test is developed according to established test specifications. The PCAT consists of a battery of five tests on the following: Biological Processes, Chemical Processes, Critical Reading, Quantitative Reasoning, and Writing Prompt. In the PCAT, both the U.S. customary system and the metric system (Imperial System) of units are used.

PCAT Test Preparation

The publishers of the PCAT have developed the Official PCAT Practice Tests and Study Guide to provide you with a unique opportunity to prepare for the actual test. Three components are now available for purchase:

  • PCAT Multiple-Choice Practice Tests – Three complete sets of four multiple-choice subtests include items like those you will find on the actual test, provide explanations for each item, and allow you to print out a diagnostic score report with your results.
  • PCAT Writing Practice Tests – Four different writing prompts allow you to compose essays on topics like you will find on the PCAT, have your essays scored electronically, and immediately receive a score report with your results.
  • PCAT Study Guide – This comprehensive handbook contains detailed information about the structure and contents of the PCAT, scoring information, and sample items for the four multiple-choice subtests and the Writing subtest.

Fee Waiver

No fee waiver is available for the PCAT.

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