What’s a good PCAT score? What’s the average PCAT score? When considering your PCAT score goal, it’s always wise to look at average scores at the schools to which you’re applying. For starters, though, here is what you need to know about your PCAT score:
The PCAT is scored on a 200 to 600 scale. For each section of the test, the actual number of multiple-choice questions you answer correctly per section is your raw score. All multiple-choice questions are worth the same amount—one raw point—and there’s no penalty for incorrect answers. That means you should always fill in an answer for every question whether you have time to fully invest in that question or not. Never let time run out on any section without filling in an answer for every question.
Your raw scores will not appear on your score report. Instead, they are converted to yield your scaled scores, the ones that fall somewhere in that 200–600 range. These scaled scores are reported to schools as your PCAT scores.
In addition to scaled scores for individual sections, schools are also provided a composite score, which is a scaled score that factors in your performance on all the sections, except the writing section. Your composite score is not merely an average of the scores from all the sections but rather an evaluation of your performance on the entire test.
Scores that will put you in the top 10% of all test takers
These scores will put you in a highly competitive place in admissions (top 25% of all test takers)
These scores put you ahead of the pack (50%+), but won’t be as advantageous when applying to highly competitive programs
These scores may be enough to get into a wide variety of pharmacy schools, but will be below average compared to the testing population
|ACADEMIC AVERAGE||401 and below|
|BIOLOGY||404 and below|
|QUANTITATIVE||401 and below|
|READING||399 and below|
|CHEMISTRY||401 and below|