PCAT Quantitative Practice Test

Most pharmacy colleges and schools require prospective students to successfully complete the PCAT Exam in order to be admitted to the institution.

The Quantitative Reasoning portion of the exam is computer-based and 50 minutes in length. There will be 48 items. Questions will be in the multiple-choice format.

Accommodations are available for individuals with certain conditions. Prior approval is required.


What are the categories covered on the exam? What percentage of questions are there for each category?

There are five categories of Quantitative Reasoning that will be covered. They are Basic Math, Algebra, Probability & Statistics, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus. Each of these categories include questions from various topics and sub-topics. These are:

Basic Math – 25%

  • Fractions, Percentages, and Decimals
  • Unit Conversions
  • Log Base 10

Algebra – 25%

  • Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities
  • Functions

Probability and Statistics – 18%

  • Measures of Central Tendency
  • Variation
  • Graphical
  • Probability
  • Statistical Concepts

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Pre-Calculus – 18%

  • Functions
  • Complex Numbers
  • Vectors

Calculus – 14%

  • Limits
  • Continuity
  • Derivatives
  • Integrals
  • Integration

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

Online registration is the most expedient way to sign up for this exam. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an email outlining how you should set up your seat for taking the exam.

What is the cost of the exam?

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

What are the testing locations?

You can register to take this exam at various sites throughout the United States. There are also several international locations to choose from.

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What should I do the day of the exam?

You are required to bring two forms of original (no copies) identification in order to take the exam. Of the two, one must include your name, signature, and photo. The other only needs to have your name.

The calculator you’ll need for this subtest is built into the exam.

Items such as food, drinks, earplugs, and cell phones are prohibited.

What happens after I take the exam?

After taking the exam, you will be given an unofficial score report.

Your official score report will be available to you within five weeks of the testing window closing. The official transcript will be sent to the academic institutions you chose.

How do I know if I passed the exam?

Whether you passed the exam depends on the schools to which you applied, and their passing standard.

What happens if I don’t pass the exam?

PCAT allows you to take the exam up to five times. If you do not pass by the fifth time, you must seek special permission to get another chance. This will be done by either submitting your completed pharmacy school application or PharmCAS OR acquiring an official letter from the pharmacy school to which you are applying, recommending that you be allowed to take the exam again.
Whichever method you choose, it is important that your documentation include your name, PCAT ID, and why you should be allowed to take the exam again.

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