Pharmacy College Admission Test

The Pharmacy College Admission Test, which is administered by Harcourt Assessment, Inc, is the standardized test used by pharmacy schools. The PCAT is a four hour test which contains 240 multiple choice questions and two essays. Around 70 percent of Pharm.D. programs in the United States require applicants to take the PCAT.

There are 7 different subject exams:
Verbal Ability
Reading Comprehension
Quantitative Ability
Problem Solving (Writing)
Conventions of Language (Writing)

Here is a PCAT Sample Test.

Test Taking Strategies

*Learn how to manage your time in each section. Some sections will require practice going through efficiently such as the Quantitative section.
* Be prepared! Start studying early and relate topics discussed in your pre-requisite classes with your studying for the PCAT.
* Be ready physically and mentally. Dress comfortably (in a way where you can adjust for any testing climate – a thin sweater works well as you can take it off if it gets hot and leave it on if it’s cold), get enough sleep the night before, and eat breakfast.
* Arrive at your test center early.
* Don't make grammar or spelling mistakes on the writing section. Use concise, structured paragraphs to write your essay.
* Answer all of the questions because there is no penalty is given for guesses. Eliminate as many choices as possible before answering questions.
* Do not spend too much time on one question as all questions are weighted the same (unlike some standardized tests). For the multiple choice sections, answer the questions that you are most comfortable with first and reserve time for more difficult questions after you have answered all the questions that you were confident with.

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The following table lists the schools that do not require the PCAT.

The TOEFL or TSE requirement only applies to students who do not speak English as their first language.

These scores are usually sent directly to PharmCAS. If your school does not use PharmCAS, you would need to send scores directly to them.
Pharmacy Schools that do not require the PCAT exam will weigh other aspects of your application, such as GPA, interview performance, and extracurricular activities, more heavily.
Albany College of Pharmacy – Albany, NYYesYes
Albany College of Pharmacy – Colchester, VTYesNo
Appalachia, University ofYesYes
Auburn UniversityYesNo
Belmont UniversityYesNo
Buffalo, University ofYesYes
Butler UniversityYesYes
California NorthstateNoNo
California - San DiegoNoNo
California - San FranciscoNoNo
Campbell UniversityYesYes
Charleston, University ofYesYes
Chicago State UniversityYesNo
Cincinnati, University ofYesYes
Colorado, University ofYesYes
Creighton UniversityYesYes
Drake UniversityYesNo
East Tennessee State UniversityYesNo
Florida, University ofYesYes
Harding, University ofYesNo
Hawaii-Hilo, University ofYesNo
Howard UniversityYesNo
Illinois, University at ChicagoYesYes
Incarnate Word, University of theYesYes
Iowa, University ofYesNo
Kentucky, University ofYesYes
LECOM Bradenton School of PharmacyYesYes
LECOM Erie School of PharmacyYesYes
Lipscomb UniversityYesYes
Long Island UniversityYesYes
Louisiana at Monroe, University ofYesNo
Maryland, University ofYesYes
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Boston MANoYes
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Manchester NHNoYes
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Worcester MANoYes
Mercer UniversityYesNo
Michigan, University ofYesYes
Midwestern University - Downers GroveYesNo
Midwestern University - GlendaleYesNo
Minnesota, University ofYesYes
Northeastern Ohio Universities - College of Pharmacy NEOUCOPYesNo
New England, University ofYesYes
New Mexico, University ofYesNo
North Carolina at Chapel HillYesYes
Notre Dame of Maryland, College ofYesNo
Nova Southeastern UniversityYesYes
Ohio State UniversityYesYes
Oklahoma, University ofYesYes
Oregon State UniversityNoNo
Pacific, University of theNoYes
Palm Beach Atlantic UniversityYesYes
Pittsburgh, University ofYesNo
Purdue UniversityNoNo
Samford UniversityYesYes
Regis UniversityYesYes
Shenandoah UniversityYesYes
South UniversityYesNo
Southern California, University ofNoNo
St. John Fisher CollegeYesYes
St. Louis College of PharmacyYesYes
Temple UniversityYesNo
Tennessee, University ofYesNo
Thomas Jefferson UniversityYesNo
Touro College - New YorkYesYes
Touro University - CaliforniaNoNo
Union UniversityYesNo
Utah, University ofYesYes
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityYesYes
Washington, University ofYesNo
Washington State UniversityNoNo
Wayne State UniversityYesYes
West Virginia UniversityYesNo
Western UniversityNoYes
Wingate UniversityYesNo
Wyoming, University ofYesYes

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