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Discussion in 'PCAT Discussions' started by tazdevil696, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. tazdevil696

    tazdevil696 U of M Student 2+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2008
    Hi I want to take the PCAT in August, however I already took it twice got low scores and dined from 3 pharmacy schools last year, it was a bummer. I feel very discouraged when you find out people think the PCAT is very easy and everyone gets A's and B's in college. I need to know what are the very best books to study for this PCAT. I have the MCAT exam krackers however I havent started yet since Im in a class right now. I have 2 months to study for PCAT so I need to know please. Thanks
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  3. pcproduct

    pcproduct 2+ Year Member

    Jan 15, 2007
  4. omnione

    omnione SDN Pharmoderator Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    Moved to PCAT Discussions board for appropriate response.
  5. YapYap6

    YapYap6 2+ Year Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    Well, I used the Kaplan MCAT book to review for the biology portion. It's a bit of overkill, but I feel it's very thorough. I basically memorized the book. For the math portion, I used Barron's. I'm a Chem major and absolutely love the stuff, so I didn't need to study for that portion. Reading comp and vocab I just winged it. Worked out great.

    Good Luck.
  6. venkatasai


    Dec 6, 2006
    hi, this is venkatasai. Even i am also planning to take pcat in august. I
    already took pcat in january and got bad score. Can anyone suggest me how i can prepare best for the pcat. I have kaplan book ,but i think it is not best for quants and chem sections. Your advice and help would be greatly appreciated. My email id is [email protected]
  7. inquirer89

    inquirer89 5+ Year Member

    Feb 18, 2008
    I would examine how you learn, and then try to find ways where you can use it to advantage. For example, I find that I hold retention more when I study short, clear, and to-the-point notes. So for the Kaplan, I am writing notes that cover the general topics for each chapter, and then typing them up. This way, I'll have my own study guide that I can look to (along with the Kaplan book) weeks before the test so I can review easier.

    And keep taking practice tests!
  8. YoungEel

    YoungEel 7+ Year Member

    Jun 5, 2007
    Metropolitan Setting
    My advice:
    Study test prep books of not just Pharmacy, but for other healthcare fields. Make sure you go over the questions in the books a lot. Do not mark in the book, use loose paper. Make sure to give yourself a very small time limit to complete sections. For those that have taken it, you know the sections are very fast.

    Reading comp: practice underlining the main point sentences in the passages. This helps not only when you go to search for an answer, but it kinda engraves these sentences in your memory.Lots of Repeat Passages!

    Vocab, just go over words from the books and roots in between the other sections when you are studying. Sort of like a "break" in between your studying the tougher sections.

    Math, ehh...hopefully you are not like me and have taken calculus recently. I took calculus probably 6 yrs before i took the PCAT i completely forgot how to do it. I pretty much chalked calculus up on the PCAT. The amt of calc increased with each time i took the test. Just do the problems over and over. Correct me if im wrong other PCAT takers, but the geometry was a very small part of the test, from what i recall.

    writing; If you aren't the best writer, don't worry. No need to practice this section if you are decent with sentence formulation.

    Once you have taken the test once, try your best to remember the questions you know you got wrong...more than likely, you will see it on the next PCAT you take. With your Kaplan book with you, mark the topics that you saw on the PCAT. The PCAT professor i think was helpful. Between PCAT professor and my own studying, (never took any of those classes). I jumped 16 points from my first PCAT to my second. If my GPA was higher, my first score would have been enough. I still should have my PCAT professor account, if anyone is interested.
  9. kitty84

    kitty84 7+ Year Member

    Apr 19, 2008
    This may sound silly, but what is PCAT professor?
  10. dromor pii

    dromor pii 10+ Year Member

    Nov 1, 2007
    not to worry :laugh:
    tis a study guide with flash cards and sample questions and answers....
    u can simple google it and read more about it

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