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PCAT Scores Overview

The American Associations of ┬áColleges of Pharmacy (AACP) works with Pearson to monitor (Pharmacy College Admission Test) PCAT Scores. There is no minimum “passing” score set by the AACP or Pearson. Rather, pharmacy school admission committees can set a minimum score (rare) or use it as one of many considerations for admission. PCAT scores can be broken down into scaled scores (SS), percentile ranks, and writing scores.

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The Three Types of PCAT Scores

PCAT Scaled Score – ranges from 200 to 600 which are derived from the raw score or number of correct answers, PCAT subtest and composite scores are assigned a scaled score.

The subtest sections are (from the AACP website):

  • The Verbal Ability section measures general, non-scientific word knowledge and usage using analogies and sentence completion.
  • The Biology section measures knowledge of the principles and concepts of basic biology, including general biology, microbiology, and human anatomy and physiology.
  • The Reading Comprehension section measures ability to comprehend, analyze and evaluate reading passages on science-related topics.
  • The Quantitative Ability section measures skills in mathematical processes and the ability to reason through and understand quantitative concepts and relationships, including applications of algebra, geometry, probability and statistics, pre-calculus and calculus.
  • The Chemistry section measures knowledge of principles and concepts of inorganic and elementary organic chemistry.

PCAT Percentile Ranks – ranges from 1 to 99 and is reflective of your relative performance compared to a normative sample (first time exam takers from June 2007 to January 2011). For example, if your score is in the 90th PCAT percentile, that means you did better than 90% of test-takers compared to normative sample.

PCAT Writing Score – ranges from 1.0 to 6.0, a single score is reported which is an average score of the two graders (Before July 2012, two Writing scores were reported for Conventions of Language and Problem Solving). An average score is also reported to reflect the test takers relative performance for that specific PCAT test.

Here is an example of how an official PCAT scores report would look like.

 

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