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About the Official PCAT Practice Tests and Study Guide  

The publishers of the PCAT have developed the Official PCAT Practice Tests and Study Guide to provide you with a unique opportunity to prepare for the actual test. Three components are now available for purchase:
  • PCAT Multiple-Choice Practice Tests - Three complete sets of five multiple-choice subtests include items like those you will find on the actual test, provide explanations for each item, and allow you to print out a diagnostic score report with your results. You may purchase access to an individual Practice Test for $45.00, two Practice Tests for $65.00, or all three for $85.00.
  • PCAT Writing Practice Tests - Four different writing prompts allow you to compose essays on topics like you will find on the PCAT, have your essays scored electronically, and immediately receive a score report with your results. You may purchase access to one Writing Practice Test prompt for $30.00, two prompts for $50.00, three prompts for $70.00, or all four prompts for $90.00.
  • PCAT Study Guide - This comprehensive handbook contains detailed information about the structure and contents of the PCAT, scoring information, and sample items for the five multiple-choice subtests and the Writing subtest. You may purchase the Study Guide (electronic access) for $25.00.
All purchases are nonrefundable and provide you with access to all test preparation components purchased from the date of purchase until January 31, when the current annual test cycle ends.

No refunds will be granted, even if you choose to not access a component that you pay for.

To access these test preparation components, you must first register for the Official PCAT Practice Test. Click the link below to register. Once you have registered on the Official PCAT Practice Test site, you may purchase the Multiple-Choice Practice Tests, the Writing Practice Tests, and the Study Guide from the “My Profile” page. You only need to register once and can reuse the site as often as you like. If you have registered previously, click the “Login” link to get to the “My Profile” page.

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See below for more information about the Multiple-Choice Practice Tests, the Writing Practice Tests, and the Study Guide.

The PCAT Multiple-Choice Practice Tests  

The three PCAT Practice Tests currently available include multiple-choice items like those you will find in the five multiple-choice subtests on the actual PCAT. Comparative analyses have shown that individuals who took a Practice Test before taking the actual PCAT earned significantly higher PCAT scores than those who did not.
  • Each Practice Test has been revised for 2014. In the Biology and Chemistry subtests, some items accompany short passages. In the Reading Comprehension subtest, some passages address humanities or social science topics. And in the Quantitative Ability subtest, more items include a word-problem or problem-solving scenario.
  • Each Practice Test contains the same number of multiple-choice items that are on the actual PCAT. Over 80% of the items have appeared on actual PCAT test forms, and all have been written specifically for the PCAT.
Subtest Number of Items Descriptions
Part 1:
Verbal Ability
40

General, nonscientific word knowledge and usage using analogies and sentence completion

Part 2:
Biology
48

Principles and concepts of general biology, microbiology, and human anatomy and physiology

Part 3:
Chemistry
48

Principles and concepts of general and organic chemistry and basic biochemistry processes

Part 4:
Reading Comprehension
48

Reading passages on social or natural science-related topics and questions involving the comprehension, analysis, and evaluation of passage content

Part 5:
Quantitative Ability
48

Mathematical processes, concepts, and relationships, including applications of basic math, algebra, probability and statistics, pre-calculus, and calculus

Total 232  

PCAT Practice Test Structure and Contents
  • Previous versions of Practice Tests 2 and 3 were available beginning in the spring of 2012, and a previous version of Practice Test 4 was first available in the spring of 2013.
  • The five PCAT multiple-choice subtests include correct answers and explanations for each question (not printable), with a timer provided if you choose to simulate the timed conditions of the actual PCAT.
  • The Practice Test subtests contain core items that count toward your score and experimental items that do not count toward your score, in the same proportions as on the actual PCAT.
  • A separate, printable Diagnostic Report is produced for each of the five multiple-choice subtests and for the Composite score (the five multiple-choice sections combined).
  • At any time while using a Practice Test, you may choose to score an individual subtest. Once you choose to score a subtest, you will be able to continue to review the questions and print out a Diagnostic Report as many times as you wish from your date of purchase until January 31, when the current annual test cycle ends. However, you will not be able to score any subtest more than once.

Sample Practice Test Diagnostic Score Report
  • Each Subtest Diagnostic Report displays an approximate percentile score range for the subtest to show how your score compares to scores of other examinees from the same reference group used to determine actual PCAT percentile ranks.
  • The Diagnostic Report also lists the number of questions for each specific subject area within a subtest and shows the number and percent of questions you answer correctly for each, which identifies your strengths and weaknesses.

The PCAT Writing Practice Tests  

The Official PCAT Writing Practice Test provides a unique opportunity for you to practice writing an essay on topics just like you will encounter on the actual PCAT and to receive a score just like the score assigned following the actual test.
  • Each Writing Practice Test consists of one prompt that has appeared on the actual PCAT, space provided for you to compose an essay, and a printable Score Report with your score displayed on a scale from 1–6 along with a brief description of what the score means.
  • When taking the Writing Practice Test, you will first be presented with a prompt (i.e., a topic) that states a problem similar to those used on the actual PCAT. You will then be able to compose an original essay suggesting a solution to the problem stated in the prompt in an online environment similar to what will be presented on the actual test.
  • A timer is provided should you choose to simulate the 30-minute session like the actual PCAT.
  • After you complete and submit the essay, your writing will be analyzed and scored electronically, with results available almost immediately. Your essay will be rated on the same 1–6 scale that is currently used to score the actual exam.
  • The automated scoring used for the Writing Practice Test generates a single score, rather than a score that is an average of two manually determined scores, as you will earn for your essay on the actual PCAT.
  • Your Writing Practice Test score thus represents a general suggestion of your writing performance relative to the criteria used to determine the PCAT Writing score.
  • Each Score Report displays an earned score and a one-word score descriptor, along with a detailed description of the earned score in the form of the scoring criteria that the score meets.
  • After completing your essay, you may choose to score it at any time during the current annual test cycle. You will be able to continue to review the essay and print out a Score Report as many times as you wish from your date of purchase until January 31, when the current annual test cycle ends. However, you will not be able to score any essay more than once.

Sample Writing Practice Test Score Report

The PCAT Study Guide  

The PCAT Study Guide has been developed to help you prepare for the current PCAT. This Study Guide contains over 160 pages of detailed information about the structure and contents of the PCAT and provides examples of test items for each content objective assessed.
  • The entire PCAT test blueprint is included to provide a complete overview of the specific content objectives assessed on the test.
  • A detailed description of each of the Writing subtest score points is provided, along with examples of complete essays that illustrate each score point.
  • Forty or more sample test items are provided for each of the five multiple-choice subtests, including at least one example of each specific content objective assessed, along with a detailed explanation of the correct answer for each sample item. Similar to the Practice Tests, the Study Guide has also been revised for 2014 to include some Biology and Chemistry items that accompany short passages, some Reading Comprehension passages that address humanities or social science topics, and more Quantitative Ability items that include a word-problem or problem-solving scenario.


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