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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764117138
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction v
Chapter 1 Planning for a Career in Pharmacy 1
Important Considerations in Planning
Your Pharmacy Education 1
Pre-Pharmacy Curriculums 3
Doctoral of Pharmacy Degree Curriculums 4
PharmCAS--Pharmacy College Application Service 5
U.S. Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy Admission Requirements 6
Pharmacy Professional Degrees: Baccalaureate in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy Degrees 7
Professional Degrees Offered by U.S. Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy 8
Directory of U.S. Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy 10
Pharmacy Graduate Degrees Offered by U.S. Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy 30
Postgraduate Training: Residencies and Fellowships 31
Admission Committees 33
The Interview Process 35
A Career in Pharmacy 41
Chapter 2 The PCAT 45
What Is the PCAT? 45
PCAT Contents 45
The Exam 46
PCAT Scoring 46
When Is the PCAT Offered? 47
PCAT Fee 47
PCAT Information 47
When Should You Take the PCAT? 47
Chapter 3 Strategies to Increase Your Score on the PCAT 49
PCAT Scoring 49
PCAT Strategies 50
Twenty Prescriptions to Increase Your Score on the PCAT 51
Chapter 4 Verbal Ability Review and Practice 53
Tips for the Verbal Ability Section 53
Verbal Ability Answer Sheet 55
Verbal Ability Practice Questions 57
Verbal Ability Answer Key 67
Verbal Ability Explanatory Answers 68
Chapter 5 Biology Review and Practice 77
Tips for the Biology Section 77
Biology Review Outline 77
Biology Answer Sheet 81
Biology Practice Questions 83
Biology Answer Key 104
Biology Explanatory Answers 105
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2007

    Not helpful

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2006

    NOT A VERY GOOD BOOK

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2004

    Good outline

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2003

    :(

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2003

    Good practice

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2002

    Good Practice

    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.

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