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Test Preparation Materials

A guide to the test preparation materials available in the MSU Libraries.

PCAT Study Guides

Study guides are available for a 7 day checkout period from the Circulation Desk on first floor in the Main Library. Older versions are available in the Main Library stacks.

PCAT - Pharmacy College Admission Test

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) endorses the PCAT as the official preferred admission test for entrance to pharmacy college.

NOTE: Pearson is introducing a new computer-based test (CBT) version of the PCAT for the upcoming October 16, 2010, administration. Only selected candidates are able to take the CBT version of the PCAT at that time. **Beginning in July 2011, all candidates will take the test via computer.**

The PCAT is an exam developed by PsychCorp, a brand of Pearson. The PCAT is a specialized test that helps identify qualified applicants to pharmacy colleges. It measures general academic ability and scientific knowledge necessary for the commencement of pharmaceutical education. The PCAT is constructed specifically for colleges of pharmacy.

The PCAT consists of 240 multiple-choice items and two Writing topics. Candidates are given four hours to complete the test (plus administrative time for instructions and time for a short rest break about halfway through the test).

The Pearson Assessment and Information website ( has information about test dates, test registration, practice tests, and more. Pearson also offers a series of videos that provide PCAT tips: .