PCAT Chemistry Review

One of the seven subtests that make up the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) is the Chemistry subtest. This test is designed to assess knowledge of the basic principles and concepts of elementary organic and inorganic chemistry. The Chemistry subtest consists of 48 multiple-choice questions, and must be completed within 30 minutes. The content breakdown is as follows: general chemistry (60%) and organic chemistry (40%).

Each question will have four possible correct answers. Some questions will require basic knowledge of concepts in chemistry, while others will require scientific reasoning. Several questions will present hypothetical situations which the candidate will be required to analyze from the point of view of chemistry. In order to succeed on this section of the exam, candidates should have undergraduate-level knowledge and experience in both organic and inorganic chemistry. This should include familiarity with basic chemical equations and terminology. Some questions may require the candidate to understand and analyze information presented in a scientific graph, chart, or table.

Calculators are not permitted on this or any other portion of the PCAT. The Chemistry subtest is the last portion of the first part of the PCAT, so candidates are reminded to work slowly and thoroughly through each item.

Last Updated: 06/14/2014