The PCAT at a Glance
The Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) is designed to examine the skills and abilities needed to excel and succeed in pharmacy school. Currently, the overwhelming majority of AACP institutions require the PCAT for admission to pharmacy degree programs.
The PCAT tests basic scientific knowledge; math, verbal, reading comprehension, and writing skills; and your overall critical thinking skills. The test consists of 232 multiple-choice questions and one writing topic, placed in six separate sections. The exam spans approximately four hours, including one short break given in the middle. As of July 2011, the PCAT is offered exclusively on the computer.
|Writing||Discuss a solution to a given world problem||30 min|
|Biological Process||48 questions:
General Biology, Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology
|Chemical Processes||48 questions:
General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry
|Break||Rest and recharge!||15 min|
|Critical Reading||48 questions:
6 passages, 8 questions per passage
|Quantitative Reasoning||48 questions:
Basic Math, Algebra, Probability & Statistics, Precalculus, Calculus