Books for PCAT Prep





PCAT Prep Books You Cannot Miss

The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is a standardized entrance exam, designed by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) with an aim to shortlist potential candidates aspiring to join pharmacy programs. In fact, clearing the PCAT test is a prerequisite for admission set by all pharmacy colleges.

Many candidates get overwhelmed by the amount of preparation this test requires. The test is very comprehensive and involves 240 multiple-choice questions and 2 writing assignments. It has 6 time-bound test sections with questions based on Verbal Ability, Quantitative, Biology, Chemistry, Reading and Writing and lasts for around 4 hours.

While you are preparing for this test, you might come across numerous publications for preparation books. However, not all publications provide good quality information on the test. In order to get more insight, information about some good study guides is mentioned below:

Reviews of Good PCAT Prep Books:

  • Kaplan PCAT 2012-2013: The PCAT study series creates by Kaplan is well researched and widely used. However, this specific edition has positive reviews and many candidates have found this study material very helpful. In fact, the practice sessions are known to have the exact difficulty level as the actual test. This is easily available online (http://www.amazon.com/Kaplan-PCAT-2012-2013/dp/1609781104/ref=pd_sim_b_1) and has a user rating of 3.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com.

  • REA's PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test) Flashcards: This guide in particular, is different from all the other preparation books. In fact, this guide is a compilation of flashcards based on all the test topics. It is simple, concise, and interactive and has ample of problem solving techniques which have helped many candidates to cover massive information on test topics in lesser time.

  • Master the PCAT: Many candidates who don’t have the time prefer to study through solving numerous practice tests. This  guide is to cater for such candidates. This book has abundant practice questions with relevant rationales on each of the 6 PCAT subtests.

    This book is authored by Peterson's and has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on amazon.com. This test guide can be purchased online (http://www.amazon.com/Master-PCAT-Petersons/dp/0768934788/ref=pd_sim_b_6).

  • Cracking the PCAT:The Princeton Review's Cracking the PCAT, 2012-2013 Edition has 4.1 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com. This guide is available at a reasonable price compared to other preparation books and offers problem solving techniques which students have found to be extremely effective. This guide is available for purchase online at http://www.amazon.com/Cracking-2012-2013-Edition-Graduate-Preparation/dp/0375427430/ref=pd_sim_b_2.

It is rightly said; never judge a book by its cover! Since there is no room for error while preparing for this test there are a few things you might want to consider while deciding about the  books required for this test.

Key Points to Consider while Choosing PCAT Prep Books:

  • Good preparation books would contain information on all 6 test section along with theoretical explanations for subject related concepts and principles.

  • It is important to verify the publications of the study guide in order to be prepared with the current test structure.

  • The preparation books should provide ample number of practice tests simulating the actual test.

  • These guides should provide rationales to the answer keys given for sample and practice questions.

  • Moreover, these guides should teach you the techniques and strategies for effective problem solving, which should enable you to arrive at the solutions easily.

It should be known that it is important to verify all books available in the market with the syllabus provided by AACP (http://pcatweb.info/downloads/about/PCATTestBlueprintandSampleItems.pdf). Since your pharmacy career will start only after passing PCAT, it is essential that you rely only on the best quality resources and focus all your time and energy to ace this test.