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Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by AlmaKarma, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. AlmaKarma

    AlmaKarma 2+ Year Member

    Jan 12, 2014
    Ok so I am going to apply UF pharmacy school and Im really nervous because my pcat scores are not great. I would call them low after seeing all the great scores out there.
    I've taken it twice and feel like a third time would bring the same results. these are my latest results:

    Verbal 81 (first time: 68)
    Biology 69 (first time: 63)
    Reading C 34 (first time: 47)
    QA 21 (first time:45)
    Chemistry 91 (first time: 81)
    composite: 68 (first time: 64)
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2014
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  3. NejixRockS

    NejixRockS 5+ Year Member

    May 7, 2011
    South Florida
    As you can see here: It says that they consider a 70+ to be competitive (if you are a FL resident), you are pretty close to what they consider "competitive", and with your high GPA, you might get a shot, but I wouldn't just apply to UF (unless you dont mind waiting another year and taking the PCAT again).
  4. corey407woc

    corey407woc 5+ Year Member

    Feb 29, 2012
    I would definitely apply since the worst they can say is no, but definitely apply to other schools as you do not want to wait another year and have to do the process all over again next cycle if you don't get in.
  5. PhunwithPharm


    Nov 18, 2013
    Definitely apply and see what happens. As others stated, broaden your search for pharm schools, don't put all your eggs in one basket. If you do not get in, re-take the PCAT and use Dr. Collins study guide (seriously it will bring your quant/chem/bio to 90+). Since you are struggling the most with quant, really focus on the Dr. Collins quant guide and his practice tests (there are 7-8 if I remember correctly). This will help you time yourself better when you take the PCAT test.
    The math part is a little harder than the rest just because you need a certain rhythm doing the problems to keep your pace and finish most of the questions (it's also a lot harder if you have not taken a math class for a couple of years). I personally did very well in Calc I and II (was even a math tutor) but because I didn't take math for 3 years I was very slow taking the PCAT quant test the first time. But after using Dr. Collins study guide and practice tests, I was able to do very strong the second time. And don't worry, you can take the PCAT up to 5 times so try again! Don't give up, good luck! :)
  6. Amicable Angora

    Amicable Angora Lagomorpha 5+ Year Member

    Oct 5, 2012
    Never apply to only one school. It's very common for a school to reject qualified applicants (even over qualified) seeming without rhyme or reason.
  7. Lonestar Chris

    Lonestar Chris 5+ Year Member

    Feb 18, 2009
    If you're applying to other schools as well, don't you have to complete their list of prerequisite classes?
  8. AlmaKarma

    AlmaKarma 2+ Year Member

    Jan 12, 2014
    Thank you guys for your input, I really appreciate it. I will definitely try those practice problems you mentioned. I wasnt even able to finish quantitave analysis on the PCAT. The problem is that I cannot move from the city I'm living since I have to help out at home. Don't give me wrong is not that I don't want to be a pharmacy student bad enough but if I can I would like to not have to pick between my education and my family. UF is the most feasible (distance wise) alternative.
  9. Cookiecatfromouterspace

    Cookiecatfromouterspace 2+ Year Member

    Jan 14, 2014
    Hey so I know someone who got in with a lower PCAT score than you, applied really late in the cycle (last day), and lower GPA. What is your science GPA? I feel like with a 67 PCAT you should be fine if you have other extracurriculars. I think you have a good shot just make sure to explain why a low pcat, and really stand out in the extracurricular section. Good luck i deff think you have a good chance.
  10. AlmaKarma

    AlmaKarma 2+ Year Member

    Jan 12, 2014
    Ive only had 2 B's (physics lab and organic chem 1 lab) so my science GPA is not low.
    I will definitely let you know if i get rejected/accepted or interviewed
    your friend is very lucky though
    Thanks for the input!!
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2014

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