Aquasonic said:How was it savvysearch? I hope you don't have to think of taking it again on Oct.
ur PCAT is pretty competitive. ur GPA is not. so if you have lots of pharm experience plus some other unique ECs, you will get into a pharm school. ur PCAT kinda compensated for ur GPA a lil bitsavvysearch said:I got an 87 composite. Lowest was 62 for math. But my gpa is 3.01, so I really don't know what to make of it. I still have no idea how competitive I am as an applicant.
savvysearch said:I got an 87 composite. Lowest was 62 for math. But my gpa is 3.01, so I really don't know what to make of it. I still have no idea how competitive I am as an applicant.
Hey doublehh03. I was just wondering if you were already in pharm school or if you were applying right now.doublehh03 said:ur PCAT is pretty competitive. ur GPA is not. so if you have lots of pharm experience plus some other unique ECs, you will get into a pharm school. ur PCAT kinda compensated for ur GPA a lil bit
143namil said:what did u think was the hardest section on the PCATs? i'm only asking cuz i haven't gotten my scores yet.. hoping id id better than i did... i thought the math and chem was horrible. wat section was ur highest score?
im applyin rite now but i know many ppl who have gotten in pharm, med, dental schools so i can kinda understand the importance of a test like the PCAT for schools that require them.x17lilac17x said:Hey doublehh03. I was just wondering if you were already in pharm school or if you were applying right now.
Hey congrats on your score...Your above the average for the PCAT score, UNC adds up the score for each section, i think the average was 400 or something like that for last years class, so they'll take notice of you. People I know in the program said interviewers were very impressed with anyone with prior pharm experience and/or reseach experience so if you had those as well that would help you too. Great school (still lots of construcion though). Good luck to you. Go Heels - hey if you get in you might be lucky enough watch the Tar Heels take home another basketball championshipberkeleytwinkie said:hello
well here are my scores, this was my second time taking it
i studied a lil less than a month, pretty hardcore.
reading comp 85
ive got a 2.98 sci gpa
marjoring in integrative biology at berkeley
what are my chances in getting into univ north carolina?
p-rog said:I just got my scores back today and here they are. This was my first time taking the test and I seriously studied my ass off for about 6 weeks for the test.
Verbal ability 420 80
Biology 408 65 (I don't what happened here)
Reading 425 85
Quantitative 460 98
Chemistry 459 98
Composite 434 95
So, I'm completely estatic about my composite score, as it is slightly higher than the average PCAT score for the schools I want to apply to (University of Georgia, University of Florida). I also have a GPA which is slightly higher than both of their averages. My question is, will that 65% in biology hurt me my chances during admissions or do schools mostly only look at the composite PCAT score? Should I worry about retaking the PCAT again just to raise my biology score?
Yes, I think you will get accepted. Your numbers are similar to mine. I took the Jan. test and had 37 in reading, 55 in verbal, 69 in biology, 89 in quantitative, 99 in chemistry, 4 writing. 87 composite. My gpa is lower at 3.66, but my science grades are strong like yours. I think with a good interview and letters of reference, we are exactly the future pharmacists many schools are looking for!kizer21 said:Here are my scores!
Verbal Ability - 33 (haha, yeah I didn't know a lot of the words on this PCAT. Screw it, I can communicate fine, I aced Public Speaking)
Biology - 81 (I was expecting a 99, a little surprised but okay)
Reading Comprehension - 50 (I knew I did bad because I ran out of time and bubbled in the last 6 questions)
Quantitative Ability - 87 (Not too bad! In fact, I thought I did worse on this one)
Chemistry - 98 (Great score for once! I did better than I thought)
Composite - 83 (overall, good enough)
Writing Score - 2 (Now what the heck! In every English class I've ever had I had A++ papers. This is so not accurate. Who cares!)
Note to everyone - I talked to a pharmacy advisor and they said the number one scores pharmacy schools look at are the Chemistry and Quantitative Ability sections. I did well on those thank goodness.
GPA - 4.00
Pharmacy Experience - 3.5 years
Do you think I'll have a chance at getting in?
English is my 2nd language too. I only get a mere 42 on verbal ability and a 58 on reading comprehension. I am quite disappointed on both categories. I understood the passages really well, but I think I fell into many traps set by test takers. I didn't study too much this time, and I will take it again. I thought I could have done better on each category.janeno said:I just got my scores in MS. I can't believe it, I got 95.
Verbal ability 33 (yep, i knew it - English is my 2nd lang.)
Bio 65 (big disappointment here - I studied the most for this section since I am missing micriobio and physio classes)
Reading 85 (oh, yes!)
I am very surprised with my score because I thought i did not do well at all. I am especially disappointed with bio since I spent the most time preparing for this section. But overall, I am very happy. This was my first time taking the test, and I am not planning to retake it.
Your score seems to be very good. English is my 2nd language too. My first language is Chinese, and it' not even anywhere close to English. I only sore a mere 42 on my verbal ability, and a 58 on reading comprehension. My chemistry is around 40 and cause my overall percentile to go down to a 61%. In my opinion, a 80 is a very competitive score and you should feel fine. I defintely need to improve my score or else I don't have a chance.MK185 said:verbal: 47
My first time taking it ..and i'm so disappointed with the score too, esp with verbal + writing. English is my 2nd language. Bbut i didn't do that bad for english section in ACT/SAT though...*SIGH...
With a 3.6-3.7 gpa, that pcat, currently working as a pharm tech for cvs, honors program, + some leadership in organizations, do i have a slight chance to any school at all? I doubt it myself . If i want to retake it, think i have enough time to prepare for the october one? or should i wait ? How can i improve verbal within 2-3 months or so?????
Argh ..so disappointed!!
I just wanted to give you a tip for the reading section:FSUNOLE said:English is my 2nd language too. I only get a mere 42 on verbal ability and a 58 on reading comprehension. I am quite disappointed on both categories. I understood the passages really well, but I think I fell into many traps set by test takers. I didn't study too much this time, and I will take it again. I thought I could have done better on each category.
Congratulations on your score. Good luck.
This is a good strategy. If English isn't your first language, try reading passages from PSAT and SAT manuals at first and move your way up. Also read science magazine articles and ask yourself questions about them to make sure you are using your critical reading skills. Good !janeno said:I just wanted to give you a tip for the reading section:
I tried reading a passage out of my anatomy book while timning myself each day for few months. First I was very slow, but then my reading speed increased. That is probably why I was able to read all the passages, answer questions, and then also doube check my answers during the test.
Your composite is pretty good if you have a decent GPA. You might wanna take TOEFL, and then if you do decently on it, you can argue that you do know English. That is pretty much what I wil do.diemchau said:Hi,
I have a question. My composite score is 85%, does it mean the over all percentile? My Verbal Ability is only 9% which is super-low, because English is also my second language. Will it be a big affect to my admisstion?
Should I retake the test?
Don't sweat it guys. English is my second language too. I got a 22 on the verbal a 37 on the reading and still got in. Schools don't look at these sections all that much. I believe that schools take your gpa as their primary way of deciding if you'll get in or not. If you don't have a good gpa that just shows them that you didn't take school all that seriously. By good gpa I mean 3.3 and up. Anybody can study hard for a month and then ace the pcat but what really counts is how hard you worked in school. Pcat is only a small portion of the whole picture. Don't let lower scores let you down.janeno said:Your composite is pretty good if you have a decent GPA. You might wanna take TOEFL, and then if you do decently on it, you can argue that you do know English. That is pretty much what I wil do.