What is the PCAT?
The Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) is designed to examine the skills and abilities needed to excel and succeed in pharmacy school. Currently, the overwhelming majority of AACP institutions require the PCAT for admission to pharmacy degree programs.
There are 5 sections on the PCAT:
- Writing Ability
- Reading Comprehension
- Quantitative Ability
Your score report will includes scores for each section of the test. Your initial "raw score" is converted to a scaled score ranging from 200-600. Your composite score is calculated by taking the average of your scaled score on each multiple choice section.
Your writing sample is scored separately by two graders, whose scores are averaged on a scale from 1-6. In addition, you will receive your percentile rank for each section and for your composite score. The composite percentile rank is the number students use when discussing their PCAT scores.
The PCAT is scored on a scale from 200-600 with the median being a 400. The 90th percentile is typically a 430. Many pharmacy schools require that you score above a particular level on your exam in order to be considered as a candidate for admissions.