PCAT Test Blueprint - Updates - Pharmacy College Admission Test
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PCAT Updates

Blueprint changes from 2014-15

Beginning with the July administration of the 2014-15 PCAT testing cycle, the Verbal Ability subtest was reduced in length, and there was no experimental Writing subtest. These reductions allowed for additional time for the Biology, Chemistry, and Quantitative Ability subtests without lengthening the overall testing time and did not affect the calculation of candidates' scores.

The additional time for the Biology and Chemistry subtests accommodated the addition of a few items associated with short passages, and the time added to the Quantitative Ability subtest allowed for the addition of more items involving word-problem or problem-solving scenarios.

The Pearson online practice tests available to PCAT candidates reflect these revisions and continue to mirror the actual PCAT in length and in the proportion of items addressing each content objective and each item format.

PCAT Writing Practice Test and Study Guide

These components are available to provide you with a unique opportunity to prepare for the actual exam.

  • PCAT Writing Practice Tests —Four different writing prompts allow you to compose essays on topics like you will find on the PCAT, have your essays scored electronically, and immediately receive a score report with your results.
  • PCAT Study Guide —This 160-page booklet contains detailed information about the structure and contents of the PCAT, scoring information, and sample items for the five multiple-choice subtests (formerly on Practice Test 1) and the Writing subtest.

To access these test preparation components, you must first register for the Official PCAT Practice Test. Click the link below to register. Once you have registered on the Official PCAT Practice Test site, you may purchase the Multiple-Choice Practice Tests, the Writing Practice Tests, and the Study Guide from the "My Profile" page. You only need to register once and can reuse the site as often as you like. If you have registered previously, click the "Login" link to get to the "My Profile" page.

All purchases are nonrefundable and provide you with access to all test preparation components purchased from the date of purchase until January 31 of the following year, when the current annual test cycle ends.

Register for the Official PCAT Practice Test

Updates to PCAT Refund Policy

In order to cancel your registration online you will need the same credit card you used at registration.

To receive a partial refund of your Registration Fee, you will need to complete the following two steps prior to the cancellation deadline for the appropriate testing window:

  1. Cancel your appointment at Pearson VUE
  2. Cancel your registration on the PCAT site

If you cancel your registration by the cancellation deadline, you will receive a refund equivalent to half of the original Registration Fee. The remainder of your Registration Fee, and of any additional fees paid at the time of registration, will be retained to cover necessary expenses for processing your registration and holding space at the Test Center. Refunds will be in U.S. dollars. Cash refunds are not available. Refunds will not be given if you do not follow the cancellation procedures.

NOTE: If you lose your credit card or it is replaced after you register, you must email PCAT Customer Relations to request a manual cancellation and refund. The email must include your PCAT Candidate ID number, your name (as it appears on your PCAT account), and the testing window you wish to cancel. Please allow 6-8 weeks for processing.

PCAT Test Blueprint and Writing Score Changes

Based on recommendations made by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy PCAT Advisory Committee, changes were made to the Biology and Chemistry subtests beginning July 2012. The Biology subtest now includes a greater proportion of items on genetics, health, and human anatomy and physiology; and the test no longer includes items on non-human biology, including plants and animals. The Chemistry subtest now includes items on basic biochemistry processes and fewer items requiring the identification of nomenclature.

In addition to these changes to the Biology and Chemistry subtests, the PCAT Writing score has also changed. Beginning with the July 2012 administration, a single earned Writing score is reported along with the mean Writing score earned by all candidates during the same test administration. The single Writing score is reported on a scale of 1.0-6.0. It is based on a candidate's ability to apply conventions of language and problem-solving skills in the composition of an original essay suggesting a solution to a problem.

Beginning with the July 2012 PCAT administration, Conventions of Language and Problem Solving Writing scores earned on the 1.0-5.0 scale prior to July 2012 are not reported. Scores earned on the previous 1.0-5.0 scale are not directly comparable to Writing scores earned on the new 1.0-6.0 scale.