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level of difficulty of the actual PCAT

Discussion in 'PCAT Discussions' started by futurpharmacis, Sep 16, 2011.

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  1. futurpharmacis

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    for those who have taken the actual PCAT recently, on a scale of 1 to 10, how much harder was it compared to the practice Pearson PCATs?
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    I'm not sure I understand the 1-10 scale. I guess I'd put it at an even 5, because I felt the material was neither easier nor harder than the PCAT practice tests.

    I found it easier to concentrate for the "real deal" than the PCAT practice tests - fewer distractions - and I was able to settle down from tester's anxiety a little better than I thought I would be able to. I kind of wish I had practiced writing the essays, just because they do add an hour to the test & I felt my mental stamina was tested somewhat. However, the first essay in particular seemed like a good warm up for beginning the test - better than just jumping straight into Verbal.
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    Chemistry - easier
    Quant - harder
    Reading Comp - harder
    BIO - same
    Analogies/setence completion - easier
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    :thumbup: I agree completely. Quant especially was rough, the time limit flies by!
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    I thought the difficulty level was similar to the actual PCAT test.
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    For those of you who say the Quant is harder... is the material harder or you just weren't quick enough?
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    The quant was surprisingly difficult and I don't think that any specific test or study guide will prepare you enough for it. I mean Collin's was great don't get me wrong, but some of the questions were just way too difficult. I seriously almost crapped my pants at one point during the quant section. I looked at the clock and had 10 minutes left to do 18 questions, which didn't included marked questions either. I almost had a panic attack but I just settled down and seriously just skipped/guessed on questions I felt would take too long. I either got really lucky and/or got every questions I actually answered correct. Either that or everyone else did really poorly so my mediocre score turned out to not be that bad.
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    What do you mean it was way too difficult? Like you flat out had no idea how to approach the problem or were they word problems that you had a hard time understanding? Or was it questions types you have never practiced before?

    Sorry for all the questions :)
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    Seems like a lot of people struggle with the math portion of the exam. I definitely had some timing issues too though. I knew how to do the stuff, but had to rush through the end rather than run out of time, and I finished every other section with time to spare.
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    Just out of curiosity, what did you end up getting on the Quant section?
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    Well some of the questions I didn't know how to do and there were other questions that I didn't know the definition of certain topics so I couldn't really answer the questions. The time factor doesn't help because I could probably work out most of the questions if I had like 2 hours instead of 40 minutes, but I think most people feel that way. Just prepare to feel like you got raped and still come out okay.


    My scores are on the score thread for sept 19th.
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    Was the passages of the reading comprehenision too long or too technical or the questions were difficult?:)
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    Passages were very long and the questions always seemed to have two possible correct answers, so you had to pick the "BEST" one.

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