PCAT Chemistry Practice Test

Most pharmacy schools and colleges require that prospective students take the PCAT Exam for possible admission.

You will be allotted 45 minutes to complete the PCAT Chemistry Subtest. This computer-based exam consists of 48 questions. All questions will use the multiple-choice format, based on the question itself (full question or fill-in the blank), or multiple-choice based on an illustration. In addition, some questions are based on a short passage.

Special accommodations are available for individuals with conditions approved by the Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 and ADA Amendments Act 2008.


What are the categories covered on the exam?

The three categories of Chemical Processes that are covered in this subtest include General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Basic Biochemistry Processes. Within each category, you will find several topics and sub-topics on which to focus your studies. These are:

General Chemistry – 50%

  • Atomic Theory:
    • Structure
    • Ions
    • Periodicity
  • Chemical Bonding:
    • Nomenclature/formulas
    • Bonding
  • Reactions and Reaction Mechanisms:
    • Reaction types
    • Balancing equations
    • Equilibrium
    • Stoichiometry
  • Kinetic Theory
    • States of matter
    • Gas laws
    • Causes and effects of changes in states
  • Solutions
    • Concentration
    • Solubility
    • Theories of acid-base
  • Nuclear Chemistry – Radioisotopes

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Organic Chemistry – 30%

  • Structure and Properties
    • Structural formulas and bonding
    • Properties of organic compounds
  • Reactions of Organic Compounds
    • Oxidation
    • Hydration
    • Dehydration
    • Hydrolysis
    • Addition
    • Substitution
    • Elimination

Basic Biochemistry Processes – 20%

  • DNA & RNA
  • Lipids
  • Proteins

What is the most convenient way to register for the exam?

Register online, using a credit card from a U.S. bank.

What is the cost of the exam?

Chemistry is one section of the PCAT. The cost for the entire exam is $210.

What are the testing locations?

You may take the test at one of the many sites in the U.S. or internationally.

What should I do the day of the exam?

It is necessary for you to bring two forms of identification that are valid and unexpired. One form must include your name, signature, and photo. The other only requires your name.

Do not bring your own calculator or periodic table. Both will be built in to the exam for your use.

Examples of other prohibited items:

  • Drinks
  • Papers
  • Recording devices
  • Watches

What happens after I take the exam?

You will be given an unofficial score report before leaving the test center.

The official score report will be accessible within five weeks of the closing of the testing window.

The transcript of your scores will be sent to your designated institutions.

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How do I know if I passed the exam?

Consult with the schools to which you applied.

What happens if I don’t pass the exam?

You have five chances to pass the exam. If you have not done so, you must seek special permission to take the exam again. This request can be made by submitting your completed pharmacy school application or official letter from the pharmacy school to which you are applying, recommending you be allowed to re-take the exam.

When you submit this request, make sure you include your name, PCAT ID, and why you should be allowed to take the exam again.

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by Mometrix Test Preparation | This Page Last Updated: January 17, 2023