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The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is the general admission test for Pharmacology school and is endorsed by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacology (AACP). This test is slightly more expensive than most general occupational exams ($150); however, this fee includes the dissemination of official transcripts, along with the test scores, to three institutions of the tester’s choice.

Pearson, the parent company, is currently testing a computer-given version of the test, which will be available in the January, 2011 test session. The test will be identical to the paper-based version in content, scoring, and in all areas other than the medium in which it is given. As of July, 2011, all PCAT tests will be computer-based unless to fulfill a special need. More information on registering for a computer-based test can be found on the main PCAT URL.

The PCAT is rigid regarding registration and deadlines. After initial registration, the tester is locked into the test location and test time. No changes are accommodated, and cancelling before the deadline provides a partial refund only. Also, keep in mind that the following deadlines expire after 8:59 p.m. on the night of the printed deadline. Word to the wise: meet the deadlines at least a day in advance.

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Additional information about special registration, accommodations, and cancellations may be found on the Pearson website Fees and Special Services Page. You can also find more information by telephone by calling Pearson customer relations at 1-800-622-3231.

Correspondence with payment should be directed to:

Pearson Pharmacy College Admission Test
16885 Collections Center Drive
Chicago, IL 60693

Correspondence without payment should be sent to:

Pearson PSE Customer Relations – PCAT
19500 Bulverde Road
San Antonio, TX 78259

PCAT Biology Practice Questions

1. Which of the following do certain bacteria and green plants have in common?

  1. photosynthesis
  2. mitochondrial electron transport
  3. the ability to live in the absence of molecular oxygen
  4. all of the above

2. Which of the following is a consistent difference between prokaryotes and eukaryotes?

  1. multicellularity
  2. the presence of a cell wall
  3. the presence of a nucleus
  4. motility

3. Choose the set of terms that does not correspond to a monomer and the polymer built from it.

  1. sucrose; glycogen
  2. nucleotides; RNA
  3. amino acids; protein
  4. fatty acids; lipid

4. Which of the following is a TRUE statement concerning the origins of human cancers?

  1. most are due to inherited mutations.
  2. most are caused by viruses.
  3. most arise during embryonic development.
  4. most occur after a series of spontaneous mutations.

5. Which of the following is NOT a common characteristic of the male and female reproductive tracts?

  1. meiosis
  2. response to gonadotropin-releasing hormone
  3. production of gametes beginning at puberty
  4. the need for accessory cells to allow maturation of gametes

PCAT Chemistry Practice Questions

1. Carboxylic acids (R-COOH) and alcohols (R’-OH) undergo a condensation reaction to form

  1. esters and water
  2. ethers and water
  3. a diacid
  4. a lactone

2. Propanol, propanal and propanone

  1. have equal molecular weights
  2. are not reactive compounds
  3. have a three-carbon molecular backbone
  4. none of the above

3. When drops of a solution of Br2 in CCl4 are added to a similar solution of an unknown compound, the color due to Br2 disappears. This indicates that

  1. a carbonyl group is present in the unknown molecule
  2. the unknown compound is a carboxylic acid
  3. the unknown compound has C=C or C≡C bonds
  4. an amide has been formed

4. When a solution of 4-t-butylcyclohexanone is treated with two equivalents of a strong base, followed by addition of a two-fold excess of 1-bromobutane, then quenched with water the product is

  1. 2-butyl-4-t-butylcyclohexanone
  2. 2-butyl-4-t-butylcyclohexanol
  3. 2,6-dibutyl-4-t-butylcyclohexanone
  4. 2,6-dibutyl-4-t-butylcyclohexanol

5. Substituent groups can be added to benzene rings by a

  1. Claisen condensation reaction
  2. Wittig reaction
  3. Friedel-Crafts reaction
  4. bicycloannulation reaction

PCAT Reading Comprehension Practice Questions

Read the following passage. Then choose the best answer to each question that follows.

Cholesterol is a fatty, waxy substance used by the body to cushion nerves and manufacture cell membranes. It is also useful in the production of vitamin D, the sex hormones estrogen and testosterone, and bile acids. But too much cholesterol in the bloodstream can clog arteries, leading to strokes and heart attacks.

The most common ways to measure cholesterol are these:

1· Total cholesterol-all the types of cholesterol in the bloodstream combined into one measurement.

2· LDL (low-density lipoproteins) cholesterol-carries cholesterol to the organs and tissues for use by the cells. When LDLs are in excess, cholesterol is deposited on arterial walls, which is why it is referred to as the ‘bad cholesterol.’

3· HDL (high-density lipoproteins) cholesterol-transports cholesterol away from the artery walls and other tissues to the liver where it is removed from the bloodstream and broken down or excreted in bile. This is why it is called the ‘good cholesterol.’

Unhealthy cholesterol levels do not in themselves cause pain or any other symptoms. The only way to know if your cholesterol levels are too high (or too low, regarding HDLs) is to have your blood analyzed by a lab. It is important to monitor blood cholesterol because, over time, unhealthy levels can cause atherosclerosis, a build-up of plaque in the arteries. Such build-up can lead to heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

Total cholesterol levels of less than 200 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter of blood) are considered low, which is good. Levels above 200 mg/dL indicate an increased risk of heart disease. If there are no other risk factors, such as coronary heart disease, diabetes mellitus, cigarette smoking, hypertension, or greater than 30% overweight, cholesterol levels of 200-239 mg/dL are considered borderline. If one or more of these risk factors are present, cholesterol levels of 200-239 mg/dL are considered high. Total cholesterol levels of greater than 239 mg/dL are considered high for anyone, regardless of other risk factors. LDL levels should be below 100 mg/dL, and HDL levels should be above 40 mg/dL.

What causes high total cholesterol and high LDL? These conditions have been linked to a diet high in fat (especially trans fats and saturated fat) and cholesterol. Obesity, particularly abdominal obesity, has also been linked to high cholesterol. Other causes are smoking and a lack of exercise. Low HDL has been linked to too little exercise, obesity, or smoking.

For most patients, these conditions can be treated by a diet low in cholesterol and fat (particularly saturated fat and trans fats) and high in fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates, and fiber. Lifestyle changes such as losing weight, increasing physical activity, and quitting smoking are usually effective. However, if these changes do not improve the cholesterol numbers sufficiently, medications such as statin drugs (for example, Lipitor or Crestor) may be prescribed.

1. The reason too much cholesterol in the bloodstream is dangerous is that it

  1. causes weight gain.
  2. causes weight loss.
  3. produces too much vitamin D.
  4. can clog the arteries.

2. The function of LDL is to

  1. carry cholesterol to the liver to be broken down or excreted.
  2. carry cholesterol to the organs and tissues for use by the cells.
  3. cushion the nerves.
  4. cushion the nerves.

3. The function of HDL is to

  1. transport cholesterol to the arteries.
  2. deposit cholesterol on the arterial walls.
  3. transport cholesterol to the liver for excretion.
  4. break down cholesterol into bile.

4. A healthy level of total cholesterol is

  1. 200-239 mg/dL of blood.
  2. greater than 239 mg/dL.
  3. less than 200 mg/dL of blood.
  4. below 100 mg/dL of blood.

5. A healthy level of LDL is

  1. below 100 mg/dL.
  2. above 40 mg/dL.
  3. below 200 mg/dL.
  4. greater than 239 mg/dL.

PCAT Quantitative Ability Practice


1. In a relay race, Ben ran the first ¼ mile in minutes. John ran the second quarter mile in minutes. Nathan ran the third quarter mile in minutes. Hunter ran the final quarter mile in 59 seconds. What was the average speed of the four runners on the relay team?

  1. miles per hour
  2. miles per hour
  3. miles per hour
  4. miles per hour

2. Find the volume of a cylinder whose height is equal to its diameter.

3. Find the second derivative of the equation .

4. Given ,

find the value of p.

  1. 2

5. Which of the following is a solution of the equation ?

PCAT Verbal Ability Practice Questions

1. Even though the professor often _____ from his main point, he always came back to the thesis of his lecture before time was up.

  1. lambasted
  2. digressed
  3. originated
  4. emoted

2. After getting into trouble yet again, Carline was not only _____ by the principal but also suspended for a week.

  1. castigated
  2. mollified
  3. abetted
  4. cajoled

3. The _____ child refused to obey his parents, despite numerous time-outs.

  1. recalcitrant
  2. sedentary
  3. taciturn
  4. eclectic


  1. tulip
  2. purple
  3. eye
  4. flower


  1. silent
  2. talkative
  3. friendly
  4. lacking

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