Importance of Studying for PCAT
As candidates preparing for the PCAT pharmacy admission test, you may be exploring various venues for your study routine. In this article, we will present to you the most effective ways to study for the test. You can be sure to ace the test if you follow these simple but tried-and-tested study methods with persistence and sincerity.
Why Should You Study for the PCAT Test?
Before you decide on how to study for the test, most of you must feel convinced about why you need a dedicated study effort for the PCAT test. At the outset, the students who are just out of school, may perceive the test subjects as very familiar and just out of their school textbooks. However, it must be noted that the Biology and Chemistry sections in the test are considered highly competitive. Also, the pattern and format of the questions in this test are very specific in nature, so a well-planned study approach is essential to doing well in this test. As with any entrance test, it is not about how much you may already know, but how well you are able to apply your knowledge to solve the problems during the test. In addition to this, the test format and question types are slightly different from other academic assessments. So, even those students with high GPAs in school must understand the format of this test and spend a good amount of time for test preparation to achieve the best possible scores. To know more about the structure, question types, subject areas etc, you may visit the official website of the test - www.pcatweb.info.
How to Study for the PCAT Test?
Below is a step-by-step guide that you could follow for your study for PCAT:
Step #1: Learn About the Test
Before you study for the test, you must study the features of the test and know what to expect during the test by learning about the test format, structure, question types, subject areas, scoring patterns etc.
Step #2: Gather All the Study Materials You Need
It is better to use a mix of different techniques for your test preparation. Gather the latest and most effective study guides, books, practice tests and online materials after thoroughly researching their costs, user reviews and other factors. If the high cost of such materials is an issue, borrow or buy used/paperback versions of those books. If you would like to attend a traditional class or an online course, then compare the costs and user-reviews of the top 5 classes, before you pick one that suits you best.
Step #3: Take At-least 2 Diagnostic or Practice Tests
Take at-least 2 closely simulated practice or diagnostic tests. The official practice tests are available on the official website and also in many study books of PCAT from Kaplan, McGrawHills etc. Review your performance in these tests to determine your strongest and weakest subject areas among them. Use your test scores as pointers to plan your study effort.
Step #4: Plan and Execute Your PCAT Study
Assign sufficient time for all the 6 PCAT subject areas i.e. Quantitative Ability, Biology, Chemistry, Verbal Ability, Reading and Writing. Focus on the most competitive sections of the test; namely, Chemistry, Biology and Quantitative Ability. Review all your study materials regularly and practice as many problems and full-length tests as possible. Several free practice problems are available on the official websites and blogs such as TestPrepPreview.com, StudyBarn.com, StudyGuideZone.com, PharmacyExam.com etc. Spend a constant amount of time studying each day, leading up-to your actual test day. Revisit the difficult topics using flashcards a few days before the test to keep them fresh in your memory.
Step #5: Track Your Progress
With each practice test, your PCAT score must improve. Otherwise, find the bottlenecks and revise your preparation plan to spend more time addressing those bottlenecks. Stay confident and positive!
We hope you find the above-mentioned recommendations for your study helpful and effective. All the best to all PCAT test-takers!