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1 About the Test Test Development � • The PCAT is constructed specifically for use by pharmacy colleges for admission purposes • The design and content of the PCAT are determined by the types of abilities, aptitudes, and skills deemed essential by pharmacy colleges and by research concerning the kinds of tests that most accurately predict success in science-oriented courses � • Periodic reviews of the test content are conducted with deans, faculty, and administrators from pharmacy colleges to ensure that the test items reflect current pharmacy prerequisite and curriculum requirements� Test Structure • The PCAT Test Blueprint on the following page lists the content and time allowed for each of the � five subtests in the order they appear on the PCAT • The listed percentages of item types and content areas included in each multiple-choice subtest � are approximate and may vary slightly from test form to test form • Included in each of the multiple-choice subtests are a few experimental items that do not count toward your score � • These experimental items are being tested for future use on PCAT test forms � Because the experimental items are embedded, it is very important that you do your best on all the items and sections of the test � • When taking the test, you can only work on subtests in the order they are given � You cannot return to earlier ones � �PCATweb �info For a more detailed test blueprint and sample items, please visit , www • “About the PCAT �” ■ PCAT Candidate Information Booklet www.PCATweb.info 1-800-622-3231 About the Test Copyright © 2019 NCS Pearson, Inc. All rights reserved 4

2 PCAT Test Blueprint The Writing subtest presents a prompt or topic stating a problem that you are asked to address by proposing a solution in an original essay � In the Biological Processes and Chemical Processes subtests, items are presented in a set accompanying a short passage or as stand-alone items � � The For the Critical Reading subtest, all items are in sets that accompany reading passages Quantitative Reasoning subtest consists entirely of stand-alone items, with many of the items presented in a word-problem or problem-solving scenario � Number and Approximate PCAT Subtests Percentage of Item Types 1. Writing (30 minutes) 1 prompt 2. Biological Processes (45 minutes) 48 items General Biology 50% Microbiology 20% Human Anatomy and Physiology 30% 3. 48 items Chemical Processes (45 minutes) General Chemistry 50% Organic Chemistry 30% Basic Biochemistry Processes 20% Rest Break (optional): 15 minutes (not included in total testing time) 48 items 4. Critical Reading (50 minutes) Comprehension 30% Analysis 40% Evaluation 30% 5. Quantitative Reasoning (50 minutes) 48 items Basic Math 25% 25% Algebra Probability & Statistics 18% 18% Precalculus 14% Calculus Total Test (220 minutes): 192 multiple-choice items, 1 writing prompt � Each multiple-choice subtest consists of 40 operational items and 8 experimental items Note: ■ www.PCATweb.info 1-800-622-3231 About the Test PCAT Candidate Information Booklet Copyright © 2019 NCS Pearson, Inc. All rights reserved 5

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