About two-thirds of pharmacy schools require the Pharmacy College Admissions Test, or the PCAT, which tests the following areas:
Verbal ability, biology, reading comprehension, quantitative ability, chemistry, and writing.
The PCAT is the officially endorsed test by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) .
The PCAT is not offered often, so be prepared and organized to register for this exam.
Download a testing date schedule for yourself, here.
Register to take the PCAT.
Practice tests allow for analysis of strengths and weaknesses. Take an official practice PCAT. Practice tests grant and understanding of the test and how to improve one's skills. PCAT books and guides may also assist in studying. Reviewing biology, chemistry, and math should also increase one's abilities in those areas.
After sitting for the PCAT five times, restrictions may be placed on any subsequent registration, and documentation may be required to register.
Another way to prepare for the overall process is to stay organized and diligent in timing. Many programs have "rolling admission" deadlines, or "early decision"; meaning they begin to fill spots as soon as their application cycle opens. This means, the longer it takes to apply, the less spots available for to claim. So, stay on track, organized, and apply early.
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