The PCAT at a Glance

Writing

You will be asked to complete one scored Writing section on the PCAT— at the beginning of the exam. The Writing section is 30 minutes long and consists of a single prompt that will test your knowledge of language conventions and your problem-solving skills. Responses to the essay prompt will be typed. While you will be able to use standard word processing functions such as cut, copy, and paste, you will not have access to additional features such as spelling or grammar check. As of 2014 there is no longer a second writing sample in the middle of the PCAT.