The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is provided by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy ( AACP ). It is taken through pharmacy departments for admission purposes. PCAT measures the academic abilities and scientific background for the candidates of pharmaceutical education. On the other side, the design and content of the PCAT vary depending on the types of abilities, aptitude, and skills set by the pharmacy colleges. All of which aim to ensure the best science-oriented courses.
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)
The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) is the national representative of the pharmaceutical education in the United States. Also, It is the 3rd largest health profession founded in 1900. Moreover, AACP is responsible for developing and advancing pharmacy education, research, scholarship, practice, and service to improve societal health in partnership with pharmacy colleges.
PCAT Test Details
- Location: Pearson VUE Test Centers
- PCAT registration and testing dates:
- You can check the available testing dates and register online through the PCAT website, appendix ‘registration’.
- Then you will receive an email to guide you on how to schedule your seat at one of the Pearson VUE test centers.
- Once you complete the test, you will receive an unofficial preliminary score report. However, you cannot submit the unofficial score report to the pharmacy colleges as the report needs to be verified by Pearson VUE first.
- PCAT Passing ScoreThere is no passing score for the PCAT. Each college sets its own admission acceptance score.
- Test Structure
PCAT is a computer-based Test consists of five sections that must be answered in the order they are given. The sections of the test are elaborated in the following table:
|PCAT Sections||Number of Questions||Duration||Components of the Section and Approximate Percentage of the questions|
|Writing||1||30 minutes||Essay prompt|
|Biological Processes||48 multiple-choice questions||45 minutes||– General Biology 50%
– Microbiology 20%
– Human Anatomy and Physiology 30%
|Chemical Processes||48 multiple-choice questions||45 minutes||– General Chemistry 50%
– Organic Chemistry 30%
– Basic Biochemistry Processes 20%
|15 minutes rest; not included in the total testing time|
|Critical Reading||48 multiple-choice questions||50 minutes||– Comprehension 30%
– Analysis 40%
– Evaluation 30%
|Quantitative Reasoning||48 multiple-choice questions||50 minutes||– Basic Math 25%
– Algebra 25%
– Probability and
– Precalculus 18%
– Calculus 14%
Note: each multiple-choice section includes 8 experimental, unordered questions for the purposes of test development. Those 8 questions are not counted in your score report.
PCAT Exam Fees
|Late Registration||49$ (non-refundable)|
|Additional Score Report||20$|
|Additional Official Transcript||20$|
|Verification||40$ for the 4 multiple-choice sections|
|Re-score||50$ (non-refundable), for the writing section|
|Online Multiple-Choice Practice Test||50$ for 1|
|Online Writing Practice Test||30$ for 1|