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Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)


Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)

The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT®) is a specialized test that helps identify qualified applicants to pharmacy colleges. It measures general academic ability and scientific knowledge necessary for the commencement of pharmaceutical education. The PCAT is constructed specifically for colleges of pharmacy. 

The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is a specialized test administered by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). The test helps identify qualified applicants to pharmacy colleges by measuring general academic ability and scientific knowledge necessary for the commencement of pharmaceutical education.

There are five content areas measured by the PCAT:

  • Verbal Ability – Measures general, nonscientific word knowledge using antonyms and analogies.
  • Quantitative Ability – Measures skills in arithmetic processes, including fractions, decimals, and percentages, and the ability to reason through and understand quantitative concepts and relationships, including applications of algebra (but not of trigonometry or calculus).
  • Biology – Measures knowledge of the principles and concepts of basic biology with major emphasis on human biology.
  • Reading Comprehension – Measures ability to comprehend, analyze and interpret reading passages on scientific topics.

What PCAT score do I need to get into pharmacy school?

Recently reported average PCAT: 54th percentile. To gain entrance to pharmacy school, usually a minimum cumulative collegiate GPA above 3.0 is required. All attempts of each course are counted in GPA calculations if a student has repeated courses.
What is a good score on the PCAT exam?

The PCAT is scored on a 200 to 600 scale.

Good Enough PCAT Scores.

ACADEMIC AVERAGE402-416
BIOLOGY405-421
READING400-416
CHEMISTRY402-420


What is on the PCAT test?

The PCAT tests basic scientific knowledge; math, verbal, reading comprehension, and writing skills; and your overall critical thinking skills. The test consists of 192 multiple-choice questions and one writing topic, placed in five separate sections.


Which pharmacy schools require PCAT?

1.About 85% of pharmacy schools require the PCAT

  • California Health Sciences University.
  • California Northstate University.
  • Keck Graduate Institute.
  • Loma Linda University.
  • Marshall B. Ketchum University.
  • University of the Pacific.
  • Touro University California.
  • University of California, San Diego.

Register and Schedule

Register early, as seating is on a first-come, first-served basis for scheduling at a Pearson VUE Test Center.

PCAT Candidate Login and Registration

To purchase the Official PCAT Practice Tests, click below.

Take the Official PCAT Practice Test

Official Score Report

Within 5 weeks following the end of the testing window in which you took your exam, your Official Score Report will be available online for one year from the date of your test administration, and Official Transcripts will be sent to the institutions you designated to receive your scores.

Scoring and Reporting  

Your PCAT scores will be reported on your Official Transcript unless you selected the “No Score Option” at the time of your test administration.

Pharmacy schools will only accept Official Transcripts. Neither the Preliminary Score Report you received at the Test Center nor the Official Score Report available online can be submitted to a school in lieu of an Official Transcript.

Under no circumstances will scores be reported over the phone, in an email, or faxed.

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