Thursday, January 14, 2016

New 2016 PCAT Testing Date

Preparing for pharmacy school? The PCAT is normally administered 4 times per year: January, July, September, October. See more information here. 

Pearson has added a new testing block for February 1-12.
Registration is now open, January 7  - January 28, at

What kind of content knowledge do you need to prepare?
There are six content areas measured by the PCAT in seven separate subtests:
  • The Verbal Ability section measures general, non-scientific word knowledge and usage using analogies and sentence completion.
  • The Biology section measures knowledge of the principles and concepts of basic biology, including general biology, microbiology, and human anatomy and physiology.
  • The Reading Comprehension section measures ability to comprehend, analyze and evaluate reading passages on science-related topics.
  • The Quantitative Ability section measures skills in mathematical processes and the ability to reason through and understand quantitative concepts and relationships, including applications of algebra, geometry, probability and statistics, pre-calculus and calculus.
  • The Chemistry section measures knowledge of principles and concepts of inorganic and elementary organic chemistry.
  • The written Essay sections measure conventions of language skills in terms of sentence formation, usage and mechanics. One is included as an experimental item.
All of the writing prompts state a problem involving a health issue, a science issue, or a social, cultural or political issue. Examinees are asked to present a solution to the problem in their essays. They are scored on how well they write an essay that is a sufficient length to adequately explain a solution to the problem.
(, 2016)