How to Prepare for the PCAT: Pharmacy College Admission Test

How to Prepare for the PCAT: Pharmacy College Admission Test

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This new edition has been expanded to include two full-length PCAT practice tests, with both answers and explanations. Review chapters and additional practice questions cover the three main PCAT test subjects: college-level biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, and quantitative ability. Other helpful and informative features include an overview of the pharmacy training process, a directory of pharmacy colleges in the United States, and a summary of their admission requirements.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764117138
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/28/2002
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 7.75(w) x 10.87(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Planning for a Career in Pharmacy1
Important Considerations in Planning
Your Pharmacy Education1
Pre-Pharmacy Curriculums3
Doctoral of Pharmacy Degree Curriculums4
PharmCAS--Pharmacy College Application Service5
U.S. Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy Admission Requirements6
Pharmacy Professional Degrees: Baccalaureate in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy Degrees7
Professional Degrees Offered by U.S. Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy8
Directory of U.S. Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy10
Pharmacy Graduate Degrees Offered by U.S. Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy30
Postgraduate Training: Residencies and Fellowships31
Admission Committees33
The Interview Process35
A Career in Pharmacy41
Chapter 2The PCAT45
What Is the PCAT?45
PCAT Contents45
The Exam46
PCAT Scoring46
When Is the PCAT Offered?47
PCAT Fee47
PCAT Information47
When Should You Take the PCAT?47
Chapter 3Strategies to Increase Your Score on the PCAT49
PCAT Scoring49
PCAT Strategies50
Twenty Prescriptions to Increase Your Score on the PCAT51
Chapter 4Verbal Ability Review and Practice53
Tips for the Verbal Ability Section53
Verbal Ability Answer Sheet55
Verbal Ability Practice Questions57
Verbal Ability Answer Key67
Verbal Ability Explanatory Answers68
Chapter 5Biology Review and Practice77
Tips for the Biology Section77
Biology Review Outline77
Biology Answer Sheet81
Biology Practice Questions83
Biology Answer Key104
Biology Explanatory Answers105

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How to Prepare for the PCAT: Pharmacy College Admission Test 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a lousy study guide, the practice tests are nothing like the real test, and the strategies are few and can all be found elsewhere. I prefer Kaplan
Guest More than 1 year ago
I used this book the first time I took the PCAT and didn't do very well. The second time I took the test, I paid for a comprehensive review course and scored a 93% percentile and got into pharmacy school. I wanted to write a review to let potential buyers know the questions are a joke and not at all similar to the real test. The real test is much harder.I wouldn't buy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I used this book when I was preparing for the October 2003 PCAT. This book provides a good outline of what to review and then some practice questions with explanations of the answers. Some of the questions are repeated in the practice tests and the math section is way easier than the actual test. Also, the times it provides for completing the practice tests are different from the actual test times. If you are expecting to use this book to learn all of the concepts, you will be out of luck. This just tells you what you should study. I would suggest using old text books or review books that will specifically discuss concepts for that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book seems to be very popular among the people who did/will take the PCAT. Yes, this is has a great format of what the PCAT would be like, but the practice questions is a joke! The only helpful section is math. I think the most ridiculous sections are biology and chemistry. The book gives you problems that would take at least 5-10 minutes to do. The actual test, there is no real calculation problems, but just concepts. Concepts that people don't really remember. The biology section is just something else! But it seems that this book is the best among according to some of the posts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book provided good practice for the pcat. Many practice tests and in depth answers to the questions are provided, which is helpful. However, the time limits set for each section of the tests (particularly the math section) are incorrect and should be shorter as you find when you actuallly take the test.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has hundreds of sample PCAT questions that cover all subject areas. Each question also includes a detailed explanation of why each answer is correct. But if you are looking for a book that gives an in-depth review of each subject area, you may want to try another source.