One of the seven subtests that make up the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) is the Biology subtest. This subtest assesses knowledge of the basic principles and concepts of biology. Subjects covered on this subtest include general biology, human anatomy, microbiology, and human physiology. The Biology subtest is composed of 48 multiple-choice questions, and must be completed within 30 minutes. The content breakdown is as follows: general biology (60%); microbiology (20%); and human anatomy and physiology (20%). Each question in this subtest will have four possible answers.
The Biology subtest requires both scientific knowledge and scientific skills. Some questions will require the candidate to fill in the blank in a sentence, while others will require him or her to perform some brief scientific reasoning. Furthermore, candidates will be required to evaluate scientific charts, graphs, and tables, as well as to describe laboratory phenomena. The questions will require undergraduate-level experience in biology, microbiology, anatomy, and physiology.
Because many of the questions rely on detailed data, candidates are advised to move slowly and thoroughly through each question on this subtest. The Biology subtest is the third section of the PCAT. The use of calculators is not permitted during this section of the PCAT.
Last Updated: 06/14/2014