Receiving Your PCAT Exam Score

The PCAT test is marked in a range of 200-600, with the average person scoring around 400 (430 is a good target - over the 90th percentile), your end result will be as a percentage i.e. 0-100% which will be split as per the different sections. Of course, each school sets its own standards for a minimally acceptable score, and because of the competitive nature of pharmacy school admissions, some require scores in the 80th percentile and higher. You do have the option of voiding your score before you leave the testing facility if you don't feel like you did very well on the test. Keep in mind, though, that the test is only offered three times a year, and waiting for a retake could seriously delay the start of your pharmacy career. You and your school should receive your score about a month after you take the PCAT. Because of the importance and difficulty of the PCAT, it's strongly advised to get a good study guide and spend some serious time preparing for the exam.

If you continue to fail, don't worry you can take the exam up to 5 times and even more times if you submit additional documentation, however, this may not look to good on your Pharmacy School application! If you do not have any rational reason for a poor performance, there are rare chances of your increasing your score by retesting. Reappearing for PCAT shall show in your score report, which goes to show lack of seriousness if there is, no significant gain in your score. Ponder over the decision to retest.

If you do pass and you find that you have a relatively low i.e. below the 80th percentile you will need to consider your options. The first is that you could be forced to take admission in a Pharmacy School that is not your preferred destination. In this case, you could retake the exam to get a higher score but this inevitably will be recorded on your results sheet and be presented to the next Pharmacy School you apply to which, may in turn, hinder your chances. The best way to get around this situation is to get it right the first time, put your best foot forward, review using this book and pass above the 80th percentile.

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