Health Professions and Prelaw Center


The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is a standardized exam designed to assess competencies in areas important for success in pharmacy school and a career as a pharmacist. There are six content areas covered on the PCAT: Verbal Ability, Biology, Chemistry, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Ability, and Writing.  Approximately 85% of pharmacy programs in the United States require the PCAT exam for admission.  Purdue University College of Pharmacy does not require the PCAT exam.  Students should check the requirements for other programs to determine whether they will need to take the PCAT for admission.

The PCAT website offers a variety of resources on the exam and how to prepare for it, including access to practice exams and study guides.  In addition, you should prepare intensively for the exam through reviewing material in PCAT prep books and taking repeated practice PCAT tests, available in book and CD form.

For more information on the PCAT exam please consult the PCAT website.