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Discussion in 'PCAT Discussions' started by pharm2010, Apr 10, 2004.

  1. pharm2010

    pharm2010 New Member

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    Hi friends,

    Please suggest me a good study guide for PCAT. :confused:
     
  2. Amith

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    I used barron's, but pretty much as a guide of what I needed to study. I don't know how good it is on it's own except maybe for the practice exams, which are fairly close to the real thing.
     
  3. 64microbus

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    I read a Cliffs quick review for biology during the week leading up to the test. For chem, the night before the test, I did the practice problems that are dispersed in the chapters of my gen chem book - not the problems at the end of the chapter. Don't worry about memorizing the formulas, they're provided. Math is super simple. Reading and vocab - I don't know that you can prep much for. I think the prep books are good for taking practice exams, not really for reviewing the material. Microbus out
     
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  5. calcium boy

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    I found the best study guide for the PCAT was an old edition of a MCaT science review book from princeton review my brother gave me. If you could get your ends on a science book the mcat kaplan or PR course that will be the only thing you need. I did not study for the Reading part, the math is just converting fractions to percents so really be comfortable with that, and the section with word analogies use a Miller analogies book unless you read alot. The analogy section you either know it or dont.
     
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    in my opinion barron's pcat review and cliff's notes are the best. the pcat doesn't go into very much detail so using textbooks is really too much. the review book has a very good outline and the cliff's notes gives you just what you need to know. i used them and scored into the 99th percentile
     
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    I used Cliff notes for Anatomy and Physiology - in my opinion, there was alot of that in the Bio section. I also used a HUGE word list (which I didn't get through) from an old SAT prep class. Also, Barron's as usual but I think the most useful thing for me was the A & P Cliff notes. Good luck on your PCAT!
     
  8. Leah27

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    I used Barrons and Kaplan PCAT.. for all I complain about the Kaplan PCAT book , the subject review was good... but WAY TO SIMILAR to their MCATS books which makes me suspicious... i also used cliff note for A and P and something called Schwan's reviews for General Chem... (just like Cliff notes but a buck cheaper!) and I got a score which no one would complain about! Best of luck.... I also found it useful to use the subject headings of the outlines in Barron's, and study them using my Gen Chem text book, most relevantly for points i was weak on... best of luck
     
  9. pre-pharm

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    Hello already PCAT takers!

    I'm graduated with a Chemistry degree. I will be taking the PCAT in October. It will be best for me to decide how to prepare for it if I can get some information from the already PCAT takers. How long did you prepare for the PCAT and what was your over all score ? (if you don't mind) :) Which prep book did you use and would you recommend it? Your inputs are greatly appreciated!
     
  10. maggiemoo

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    Hi Pre-pharm, I already PMed you with most of the questions you asked in this post but I wanted to add that it's probably not as bad as you expect. When I took the test, it was a lot easier than I thought it'd be. I probably studied a little here and there a month before and crammed the week before.
     
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    What the hell are you doing in pharmacy if you think the math needs no practice??? You should be at MIT or something doing advanced mathmatics! . I sure can't figure out whats 1/3 of 40% without having to think about it for a moment or two. If you do that on the test, you will only get thru half of the test!!!
     
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    True, they don't give you much time, but the math skills needed to solve most of the problems, you learned by the 9th grade. I thought the math section of the PCAT was super simple, so I should be at MIT? I have a feeling they go a little deeper than 1/3 of 40% - Microbus out
     
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    One of my classmates has a degree in Applied Mathmatics from UCLA. People frequently ask him the same question. I would assume that it has something to do with actually getting a JOB, and not just having some cool degree.
     
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