PCAT Chemistry Review

3 Sources of Prep for PCAT Chemistry

If you want to be a pharmacist, then you must have heard of the PCAT. What is it? PCAT is the Pharmacy College Admission Test, which is conducted every year by the Pearson VUE test centers. It is administered to all prospective students by Harcourt Assessment, Inc. Its scores are used by the pharmacy colleges to select the students for their courses. There are seven sections in the test, which goes on for four and a half hours. One of the most challenging sections of the test is Chemistry. This article gives you a very useful Chemistry review of the test structure and the guides that are available for its preparation.

Test Development and Structure

The PCAT is specifically constructed for use by different pharmacy colleges for admission purposes. Here is a brief overview of the test content:

  1. There are five multiple-choice sections. Each of these has 48 items, out of which 40 are scored and 8 are experimental.

  2. There are two writing sections, out of which only one is scored and the other one is experimental.

PCAT Chemistry Review

The Chemistry section of the PCAT has 48 multiple-choice items. Out of these, 8 are experimental, and the remaining 40 are scored. However, the difficulty is that while giving the test, you will not be able to distinguish between the scored and the experimental questions. A total of 30 minutes are given for the entire section. There are two types of questions in this section:

  • 60 percent of the questions will be from General Chemistry.
  • 40 percent of the questions will be from Organic Chemistry.

Here is a list of the topics that are covered in PCAT Chemistry:

  1. General Chemistry: Atomic Theory, Chemical Bonding, Reactions and Reaction Mechanisms, Kinetic Energy, Solutions and Nuclear Chemistry.

  2. Organic Chemistry: Biochemistry and Organic Compounds.

Review of PCAT Chemistry Study Guides

Although there is no dearth of study guides available for preparation, here is a list of those helpful guides that will be ideal according to the Chemistry test review given below:

  1. AudioLearn PCAT - A Complete Science Review (By Sharad Yazdani)

    This book, which comes with a set of CDs, can be purchased online at amazon.com. It is available at a cost of 79$. The key features of this Chemistry review guide are:

    1. It is an ideal package for  revision since it uses the convenience of recorded lectures and videos for the purpose of teaching.

    2. Most of the concepts are explained using visually imaginative technique and videos. There are 6 sides to the package of CDS, out of which 2 are devoted entirely to Organic Chemistry.

    3. It can be purchased at http://www.amazon.com/AudioLearn-PCAT-Complete-Chemistry-Admission/dp/1592620027/ref=sr_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362481386&sr=1-10&keywords=PCAT+Chemistry

  2. McGraw Hill's PCAT (By George Hademenos, Shaun Murphree, Kathy Zahler, Mark Whitener and Jennifer Warner)
    1. This test guide is available for 17.10$ on amazon.com.

    2. It contains a lot of sample tests, drills, strategies and enough scientific diagrams along with ample illustrations.

    3. It can be used as a supplement to some other Chemistry study guide.

    4. The link is for purchasing this book is: http://www.amazon.com/McGraw-Hills-PCAT-George-Hademenos/dp/0071600450/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362481386&sr=1-8&keywords=PCAT+Chemistry.

  3. Barron's PCAT 5th Edition (By Marie Chisholm and Burns Pharm.D.)
    1. This book can be purchased via amazon.com. The cost is 6.99$.

    2. This Review manual contains two full-length practice tests. This book also gives useful advice on following a pharmacy career efficiently.

    3. There are many in-depth reviews of the college-level concepts in Chemistry in this guide. Additionally, information on the top Pharmacy colleges in the country is also mentioned in it.

    4. You can make the purchase for this book on http://www.amazon.com/Barrons-PCAT-Marie-Chisholm-Burns-Pharm-D/dp/0764146181/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362481386&sr=1-5&keywords=PCAT+Chemistry

In the end, it can be concluded that the Chemistry review guides are very important in the preparation of the Chemistry section of the test. However, before making any decision regarding the purchase, you must go through the contents of these review books along with their reviews/feedbacks and then decide which one to buy.