PCAT Preparation

The most important thing that you can do preparing for the PCAT is not stress out. A score in the 90th percentile is not required to get into pharmacy school. You only have to have an average score in most cases.

Donít make the mistake of altering hair color or facial hair prior to the exam. Your picture has to match the application picture. In addition, bring a drink and some snack food for your testing break and wear layered clothing. Students that take the PCAT in shorts and a tee shirt may find the testing center unbearable cold and be unable to concentrate.

Here are some recommendations when preparing for the PCAT test.

  1. Watch out for the words: except, always and not in all PCAT questions.
  2. Get a good nightís sleep before the PCAT test.
  3. Wear layered clothing to the exam.
  4. Practice with a watch and bring a watch to the test.
  5. Study for each section of the PCAT test individually.
  6. If you extremely weak in one area of PCAT content, focus on that section separately.
  7. Donít cram for your PCAT test. Read over a good practice study guide at least three weeks in advance and take a PCAT study course.
  8. Stay away from negative talk about the PCAT test with other students.
  9. Use the study guide linked on the right side of this website as your primary review resource.
  10. Allow yourself plenty of dedicated study time.

Last Updated: 06/14/2014