Well, the time is drawing near. It's still 6 months off but I have a whole crapload of things to accomplish by then. So, was wondering if people who've already been through the process could help me out a bit. First, I'm tentatively planning on taking the PCAT in June, but not so sure anymore, reason being that I really won't have time to study and I'll definitely need time to study. I did well on the Kaplan diag but I just can't feel comfortable unless I've had time to go over the material. So I have a few dilemnas with this. If I take it in June but don't feel I did well, is there an option for the test to not be counted? They do this for the MCAT and I'm hoping they have it for the PCAT as well. If I don't do well and have to take it again, I just don't want schools seeing that I took it twice. As my GPA is already not so great, I think it might hurt me a lot for them to see that I've taken it twice. Also, if I do end up taking the October exam, and I've already applied to schools in June, will they not even consider me for an interview until they've recieved my PCAT scores or what? Obviously, that wouldn't happen with schools that don't require the PCAT. But the thing is, I kind of wanted to show schools that don't require the PCAT that despite having a lower GPA I can still handle the pharmacy school (assuming I do well on the PCAT), and so I don't want them to just look at my app. without having seen my PCAT scores and then just disregard it. Will that be an issue if I apply before taking my PCAT or can I tell them that I'm awaiting PCAT scores even though they don't require them? Also, how long does it generally take for pharmacy schools to recieve my scores through pharmcas after I've taken the test? Ok next issue is the personal statement. How long did it take you all to write your personal statement. I understand that they're about a page long, 500 words or so. Is this about right? Also, are there any good services that can help you to put your thoughts into a profound, coherant prose? I'm a decent writer as far as grammar and spelling goes, but I'm not exactly a profound writer so I would need the most help with that. When should I start writing it? I'm trying to have it so all of my materials (with the exception of my PCAT scores) will be available to submit the day that applications open up. I guess I'm just worried that not having my PCAT scores for at least a month or two after I apply will really hurt my chances... any thoughts to this? Also any other tips or advice on what I should be doing are appreciated. Unfortunately there are very few students from my school applying to pharm. school next year so I don't have a lot of help, and my advisor is only available on a limited basis, not to mention he actually knows less than I do. So I'm kind of counting on you guys a bit I'll of course call up various schools to try to find out more info, but I appreciate all the help I can get. Thanks in advance!