Tests

First Steps

Check the School Directory to see what tests your designated pharmacy degree programs require!

Enter the type of test and the date it was taken or will be taken on your PharmCAS application, if your designated pharmacy degree programs require the test for admission.

 

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Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)

TWO easy steps to get your PCAT scores posted to your PharmCAS Application:

1. Arrange for Pearson to send your scores to PharmCAS at School Code 104

2. Enter your PCAT CID number on your PharmCAS application in the Account Information section

Reapplying to PharmCAS? Don’t forget to resend your scores! Scores sent before June 2016 cannot be matched to applications.

How to Enter Your PCAT CID Number:

1. Select Account Information from the My Tools menu.

2. Enter your PCAT CID number in the PCAT CID field.

PCAT CID

IMPORTANT! Your PCAT CID Number MUST be listed on your application for your PCAT scores to post to your application. If you do not list this number on your application, your scores CANNOT post to your account or be sent to your degree programs.

Pearson will send PharmCAS your most recent set of PCAT scores along with test results from up to four other previous attempts over a five-year period.

Registering to take the PCAT

The deadline to register for the PCAT is approximately five weeks prior to the test date. Test dates are:

PCAT TEST WINDOWS REGULAR REGISTRATION DEADLINE
July 21–22, 2016 March 1, 2016
September 7–9, 2016 March 1, 2016
January 4–5, 2017 March 1, 2016
October 24–31, 2016 September 9, 2016
November 1–4, 2016 September 9, 2016

Contact Pearson to register for the examination at 1–800–622–3231, scoring.services@pearson.com. You may register online at http://www.pcatweb.info. Arrange for your PCAT test scores for every PCAT exam you have taken to be sent to Code 0104. If your PCAT scores were reported to PharmCAS prior to June 26, 2015 those scores are no longer available and must be reported again.

Pearson
Customer Relations – PCAT
19500 Bulverde Road
San Antonio, TX 78259
www.pcatweb.info
1–800–622–3231
scoring.services@pearson.com

Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

If English is not your first (primary) language, a pharmacy school may require you to submit TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. Please visit the School Directory to see if your school requires it.

Arrange for ETS to send your scores to PharmCAS at code 8246.

PharmCAS Code 8246

If applying to a pharmacy degree program that requires Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), SAT, ACT, GRE or other test scores, arrange for the testing agency to send those scores directly to the degree program. DO NOT SEND TO PHARMCAS. If you received college credit on a transcript for an AP or IB test subject, report the test credit as a course in the Coursework section of the application.

Non-PharmCAS Institutions

If you are applying to one or more pharmacy degree programs that do not participate in PharmCAS, arrange for your test scores to be sent directly to the admissions office as required by the degree program. PharmCAS can NOT forward PCAT or other test scores to any NON-PharmCAS degree programs.

Expand All FAQ Questions

Q: What is the PCAT?

A: The PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test) is a multiple-choice general aptitude test that measures five content areas: Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Ability, Biology and Chemistry. Approximately half of all pharmacy schools require the PCAT for admission.

The deadline to register for the PCAT is approximately five weeks prior to the test date. Test dates are:

PCAT TEST WINDOWS REGULAR REGISTRATION DEADLINE
July 21–22, 2016 March 1, 2016
September 7–9, 2016 March 1, 2016
January 4–5, 2017 March 1, 2016
October 24–31, 2016 September 9, 2016
November 1–4, 2016 September 9, 2016

Contact Pearson to register for the examination at 1–800–622–3231, scoring.services@pearson.com. You may register online at http://www.pcatweb.info. Arrange for your PCAT test scores for every PCAT exam you have taken to be sent to Code 0104.

Q: Where can I find my PCAT CID number?

A: Your PCAT CID number is issued by Pearson, and can be found on your PCAT registration confirmation, admission ticket, and personal score report.

Q: Can I add/edit the Tests section of my PharmCAS application after submission?

A: NO. The Tests section of the application becomes locked and may not be edited once you have submitted.

Q: Will PharmCAS “hold” my application until my official PCAT and TOEFL test scores are received?

A: NO. PharmCAS will not hold your file for missing PCAT or TOEFL test scores. PharmCAS will forward your application to your designated pharmacy degree programs once your completed application, all U.S. transcripts, and application fee have been received and PharmCAS has verified your application. If your PCAT or TOEFL scores arrive after your application has been sent to your designated pharmacy degree programs, PharmCAS will forward your test scores to your pharmacy degree programs in a separate report. Your designated degree programs, however, may not begin to review your application until your PCAT or TOEFL scores are received.

Q: What if I have taken the PCAT more than once?

A: If you arrange for your PCAT scores to be sent to PharmCAS or a degree program, Pearson will automatically send your most recent test score and any older test scores from the past five years. List all PCAT test dates, taken and planned, on your PharmCAS application.

Q: If my designated degree program requires the PCAT and/or TOEFL, how do I go about having the scores sent to PharmCAS?

A: You must request that the scores be sent to PharmCAS by contacting the appropriate testing service. Once contact is made with the appropriate testing service, provide the appropriate code listed below.

  • PCAT Code 0104
  • TOEFL Code 8246

Q: If my designated degree program is requesting my AP scores, where do I send them?

A: You should send AP scores directly to your designated schools that request the scores. See information in the Coursework section for information on listing AP classes on your PharmCAS application.

Q: Do I need to specify my PCAT CID in my application so that PharmCAS can match it to my electronic PCAT scores?

A: Yes, in order to make a definitive match of the electronic PCAT scores to your PharmCAS account, you need to enter your PCAT CID into your PharmCAS application. Otherwise, your electronic PCAT scores cannot be made available to your designated pharmacy degree programs. Please allow up to one week for your scores, if they have been found, to be posted to your application once you have made the request.

Q: Do I need to send PCAT scores to PharmCAS if my designated pharmacy degree programs do not require them?

A: Three-fourths of all pharmacy degree programs in the U.S. require the PCAT. If your designated pharmacy degree programs do not require the PCAT, you are not obligated to take the PCAT nor send the scores to PharmCAS. If one of your selected pharmacy degree programs requires the PCAT and one does not, you must submit your scores to PharmCAS. PharmCAS will share your PCAT scores with all of your designated degree programs, regardless of school requirements.

Q: Do I need to arrange for my PCAT scores to be sent to PharmCAS AND my designated PharmCAS degree programs?

A: For those pharmacy degree programs in PharmCAS, only send your PCAT scores to PharmCAS. If you only send your PCAT scores to the pharmacy degree programs, the degree programs may not be able to match your scores to your PharmCAS application and the degree programs will consider your application file incomplete. (If you are applying to any NON-PharmCAS degree programs, you must arrange for your PCAT scores to be sent directly to the degree programs).



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