PCAT Introduction

The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) has been developed by Harcourt Assessment. It is endorsed by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), an organization that represents pharmacy educators. The intent of the PCAT is to ensure that individuals who enter pharmacy school are qualified, and thereby to ensure that excellence in pharmaceutical education is maintained. The AACP considers that the promotion of pharmaceutical education is the best means of maintaining high standards in professional practice. To this end, the AACP declares that the PCAT test is the best determinant of an individual's qualifications for entering pharmacy school.

Specifically, the PCAT test measures general academic ability and scientific knowledge. The PCAT exam has been developed and adjusted to provide an accurate prediction of success in the science-based curriculum of pharmacy school. The exam is frequently reviewed by faculty and administrators from leading pharmacy schools. Prospective test-takers should note that although a good PCAT score is considered by most pharmacy schools to be an important criterion for admission, it is not the only factor taken under consideration. Undergraduate performance, performance in science classes especially, and extracurricular activities will also determine whether a candidate is accepted into pharmacy school. The PCAT exam is not meant to be the final verdict on an individual's desire to enter pharmacy school.

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Last Updated: 08/05/2014