One of the seven subtests that make up the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) is the Quantitative Ability subtest. This test is designed to assess basic mathematical skills as well as the ability to analyze and evaluate quantitative concepts and relationships. The subjects covered on this subtest include basic mathematics, algebra, probability, statistics, precalculus, and calculus. The Quantitative Ability subtest is composed of 48 multiple-choice questions, and must be completed within 40 minutes. The content breakdown is as follows: basic math (15%); algebra (20%); probability and statistics (20%); precalculus (22%); and calculus (22%). Each question in the quantitative ability subtest will have four possible answers.
Candidates are advised to choose the best answer for each question, while remembering that some questions may not have a definite right answer. In other words, some questions will require the candidate to make an educated guess. The difficulty of the questions on this exam will range from basic high school mathematics to college-level calculus. Some knowledge of geometry and trigonometry will be helpful in this subtest. The use of calculators is not permitted. The Quantitative Ability subtest is the last portion of the PCAT, so candidates are especially advised to remain patient and work slowly and thoroughly through each question.
Last Updated: 06/14/2014