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 192 multiple-choice questions and one writing topic, placed in five 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.

PCAT Test Blueprint:

Writing Discuss a solution to a given world problem 30 min
Biological Process 48 questions:
General Biology, Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology
40 min
Chemical Processes 48 questions:
General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry
40 min
Break Rest and recharge! 15 min
Critical Reading 48 questions:
6 passages, 8 questions per passage
50 min
Quantitative Reasoning 48 questions:
Basic Math, Algebra, Probability & Statistics, Precalculus, Calculus
45 min