PCAT FAQs

PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test)

  • Is the PCAT exam required for admissions? 
    • Yes.  The PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test) is required for admissions into the Pharm.D. program.  The MCAT, GRE, or any other admissions test is NOT accepted.

  • When should I take the PCAT? 
    • The PCAT should be taken no later than any of the September exams dates prior to the year you are seeking admissions.For example, if you are seeking Pharm.D. admissions for fall 2017,  you must take the PCAT exam no later than September 2016.  October and November 2016 PCAT scores will not be used for fall 2017 admissions.

  • Where can I find more information about the PCAT? 

  • Where do I submit my PCAT scores? 
    • UT Austin College of Pharmacy participates with PharmCAS for application submission.  All PCAT scores must be submitted by Pearson to PharmCAS.  Use CODE: 104 (PharmCAS) as your PCAT score recipient code.

  • What PCAT scores should I have? 
    • PCAT scores should ideally be > 70 percentile with a writing score of at least 3.
    • 75% of successful applicants have a PCAT composite score ≥ 70 percentile
    • 50% of successful applicants have a PCAT composite score ≥ 85 percentile
    • All subsections (Reading Comprehension, Verbal, Quantitative, Biology, and Chemistry) of the PCAT are considered significant when reviewing your PCAT results.

  • How long are my PCAT scores good before I should retest?
    • UT Austin College of Pharmacy will accept scores taken within the past 3 years.

  • If I take the PCAT more than once, which score will you use?

    • We will use the highest score when considering an application for admission.