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Does PCAT score affect my chance?

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by zn1988, Mar 4, 2007.

  1. zn1988

    zn1988 member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 12, 2007
    I have a very poor Jan PCAT score (40), got rejected from MWU Glenade merely because they did not receive my score ontime ( it would not change if the score came ontime anyway). I would retake the PCAT either in August or October. However, I want to apply for the early-decision season to Pharmacy school this year, which starts in June. Does the score hurt me just even for the interview? I have 3.6 GPA, 15 credits counted for AP classes in highschool ( 1 Cal, 2 Physics), no community service yet.
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  3. omnione

    omnione SDN Pharmoderator Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    40 is way too low IMO. You really need to retake the test. Of course, you could look into schools that don't look at your PCAT score but that 40 will cause most PCAT-taking schools to screen out your application.

    I would shadow a pharmacist during the summer too.
  4. Idesiretosling

    Idesiretosling 2+ Year Member

    Oct 20, 2006
    Look into Oregon or California schools to apply early too and that don't require PCAT and then take the PCAT and apply to other schools later. The score does matter at schools that use the PCAT, otherwise why would they have you take the test.
    Shadowing a pharmacist or a tech job this summer would also be a great idea.
  5. neopentane

    neopentane 2+ Year Member

    Nov 8, 2006
    u need to have a certain score 2 b called 4 w/ mercer its 60
  6. ButlerPharm.D.

    ButlerPharm.D. Honor Before Glory 5+ Year Member

    Dec 17, 2004
    Yes your score on the PCAT hurst you when applying to schools that require the PCAT. As neopentane has said, some schools set a minimum PCAT in order to be sent and interview request. Also, you might want to look into whether or not the schools you are interested in will accept your AP scores, many schools do not including the California schools I believe (don't quote me on this.).
  7. honeykrown

    honeykrown 2+ Year Member

    Oct 27, 2006
    Live presently in MD
    ur score would definately not help u, i got an interview with a 45 tho i retook it, it wasnt better. But u an retake it and early decision would definately help u, eg Albany and other schools who do not take PCAT
  8. KUMoose

    KUMoose Grumpy old man 7+ Year Member

    May 3, 2005
    Yes, I know several schools that won't interview candidates with a PCAT that low. Take it again as soon as possible shoot for an 70 with higher Chem and Bio sections.

    Also, get into a pharmacy for work experience (if not already there) and look to do something outside of work and school.
  9. JerryPharmD

    JerryPharmD Salt Miner Pharmacist 5+ Year Member

    May 6, 2006
    PCAT isn't the main factor with midwestern-glendale. However, it does help discern between similar candidates. You should get experience in a pharmacy, in my opinion. 300-400 level science classes will also make you a stronger applicant. I don't think they care too much as long as your PCAT is in the 60s or greater.

    pm me with any other questions
  10. zn1988

    zn1988 member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 12, 2007
    I appreciate your opinions. So should I take the PCAT test in June in order to get a better score for the Pharmacy schools to look at?
    Can you explain more about shadowing pharmacist, where is it available?

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