PCAT: Pharmacy College Admission Test

The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) examine the applicants for pharmacy colleges’ admission. The test measures general academic ability and scientific knowledge necessary to study pharmaceutical programmes at graduate level.

The PCAT is constructed specifically for colleges of pharmacy and generally held three times in a year i.e. July, October and January.

PCAT Test Structure

 Section Description Time Required
Writing 1 prompt 30 minutes
Biological Processes 48 multiple choice questions (50% General Biology, 20% Microbiology, 30% Human Anatomy & Physiology) 45 minutes

Chemical Processes 48 multiple choice questions (50% General Chemistry, 30% Organic Chemistry, 20% Basic Biochemistry Processes) 45 minutes
Rest Break OPTIONAL 15 minutes
Critical Reading 48 multiple choice questions (30% Comprehension, 40% Analysis, 30% Evaluation) 50 minutes
Quantitative Reasoning 28 multiple choice questions (25% Basic Math, 25% Algebra, 18% Probability & Statistics, 18% Precalculus, 14% Calculus) 50 minutes
 TOTAL 192 Multiple Choice Questions, 1 Writing Prompt220 minutes (3 hours 40 minutes), not including Rest Break

** Each multiple choice subtest includes 40 questions that count towards score & 8 experimental questions.

PCAT Scheduling/Registration

The PCAT Seating is limited. Candidates are advised to register early. For registration go to test administrator website www.pearsonassessments.com

PCAT Score

After closer of testing window PCAT scores are available within 5 weeks. The PCAT Score will be reported on your official transcript.
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