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PCAT Test Day

You will need to arrive at your scheduled Test Center 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. This will give you adequate time to complete the necessary sign-in procedures.

If you arrive more than 15 minutes late for an exam you will be denied admission, and you will also forfeit your PCAT Registration Fee and any other fees paid for optional services.

You will not be admitted to the test without the following:

Two forms of original (no photo copies), valid (unexpired) IDs—one form as a primary ID (government-issued with name, photo, and signature) and one form as a secondary ID (with only name required).

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to:

  • Food/snacks
  • Beverages
  • Books
  • Papers
  • Highlighters
  • Rulers
  • Notes
  • Earplugs
  • Calculators (including watch calculators)
  • Cell phones
  • Recording devices
  • Cameras
  • Headphones
  • Watches
  • Any other electronic devices or reference materials
  • Any hat with a bill or brim unless it is worn for a religious or medical reason that has been pre-approved by Pearson.
  • Any article of clothing, jewelry, or accessory containing any information (whether as a design or otherwise) that may be reasonably related to the assessment.

If you require an accommodation as an exception to any of the above items, you must submit a written request To PCAT Customer Relations providing the appropriate documentation explaining the need for this accommodation.

Do not bring any prohibited items to the test center.

You will NOT have access to any purses, cell phones, or backpacks during the exam. These items must be stored in a designated secure area provided at the Pearson VUE Test Center. All electronic devices must be turned off while in the secure area. If your cell phone rings or makes any noise while in the secure area, your test will be invalidated and your testing fees will not be refunded. If, at the rest break, you must access a personal item, such as an item needed to take to a restroom, this is allowed. However, if you access any other prohibited item from the secure area (cell phone, backpack, study notes, etc.), your test will be invalidated and your testing fees will not be refunded. If you access, check, or turn on your cell phone at any time during your test session (including during your break), your test will be invalidated and your testing fees will not be refunded.

If you are found to have violated the prohibited items policy in any way, your PCAT scores will be invalidated, no refunds will be issued, and you will not be allowed to transfer to a different testing window.

Neither Pearson, its affiliated companies, agents, contractors, nor the Pearson VUE Test Centers assume responsibility for the theft, loss, or damage to any prohibited electronic device or other personal property brought into the testing center or left in your car.