Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy endorses the PCAT as the official preferred admissions test for entrance to pharmacy school.

The PCAT is assembled and registration arranged by Harcourt Assessment(Pearson). The exam is administered four times per year at established test centers across the country. NOTE: The University of Colorado at Boulder participates in three of these administrations.

The PCAT is in paper-and-pencil (not computerized) format and consists of 7 subtests, including 2 sections which require written essays and 5 multiple-choice sections. Total timed testing equals four hours. The entire test administration takes approximately five hours, allowing administrative time for check-in, distribution of materials, reading of instructions, and a rest break. The order of test content, and time allowance, is as follows:

1. Writing ?30 minutes
2. Verbal Ability ?30 minutes
3. Biology ?30 minutes
4. Chemistry ?30 minutes

~ Rest Break ~

5. Writing ?30 minutes
6. Reading Comprehension ?50 minutes
7. Quantitative Ability ?40 minutes

The PCAT is no longer offered in a paper based form and the testing center currently does not offer this test. Please see this link for further information. PCAT website

For further information and to register online, visit the PCAT website


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