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Discussion in 'PCAT Discussions' started by fbixtreme, May 13, 2008.

  1. fbixtreme

    fbixtreme 5+ Year Member

    May 13, 2008
    Houston, TX
    Could anyone recommend a good PCAT book beside Kaplan PCAT 2008-2009. Any book would be okay, as long as it prepares you well for the real test.

    I have many friends recommended to buy MCAT, but what do you guys think. Thanks
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  3. Andromeda7

    Andromeda7 2+ Year Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    DON'T get the Barron book "How to Prepare for the PCAT," it sucks. It has much easier questions than are on the actual exam.
  4. HolyLights

    HolyLights Space Monkey 5+ Year Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    MCAT book will prepare you well for the reading comprehension and verbal(actually MCAT is a bit harder compared to PCAT). But yes, don't get the Barron's book, it was too easy compared to the real thing.
  5. nerv12345

    nerv12345 ... Moderator Emeritus 2+ Year Member

    Mar 12, 2007
    Southern California
    [moved to PCAT section]

    i used the examkrackers mcat prep set as an alternative to the kaplan pcat prep

    i agree. it's a complete waste of money (the math section is a JOKE)
  6. medicalCPA

    medicalCPA PhD to be Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Mar 26, 2007
    In lab
    I have one word for the Barron's book: CRAP.

    Avoid it like the plague.
  7. Farcus

    Farcus 10+ Year Member

    Nov 28, 2007
    My Bed
    but wasn't there someone on here that said barron was really good? the 2006 version? I know its not "how to prepare for pcat" or it could be the same.
  8. kateoptimistic

    kateoptimistic 2+ Year Member

    May 21, 2008
    are there any differences between mcat and pcat? Someone told me that pcat requires calculus II and anatomy. I graduated already, but i did not take cal II and anatomy while i was in school. now i want to apply for pharmacy schools. Do you think i should go for it?
  9. samfromVA

    samfromVA 5+ Year Member

    Aug 18, 2007
    Honestly, the new Barron's book that I bought had Geometry on it. Like how misinformed could it be??

    Don't the way...does anyone want it???
  10. confusedgradu8

    confusedgradu8 2+ Year Member

    May 13, 2008

    I'm just curious, what's wrong with the new Kaplan PCAT book? I heard that this book prepares you well. Im actually using it right now. I also have taken the MCATs before (w/Princeton). So I have all those books. I was comparing the information between the two, and the MCATs go wayy more into detail than the Kaplan.
  11. bluemunkie

    bluemunkie anxiously waiting 2+ Year Member

    Apr 17, 2008
    i didn't think the kaplan book was helpful when it came to the math or biology section. You need to study additional textbooks on the topics they briefly covered. As for more practice on other sections, look at other books too!
  12. SalH

    SalH 2+ Year Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    I am using the kaplan book 2008. The kaplan book gives a decent review of topics. I am also using the pcat destroyer which I recently purchased. I am using that primarily for studying for the exam. I would recommend purchasing the exam crackers guide for the verbal section. Hope this helps!
  13. lev zev

    lev zev 2+ Year Member

    Apr 3, 2008
    For studying the bio, chem, and math questions I'm using the PCAT destroyer which I am finding very helpful and as for the verbal I'm using the MCAT exam crackers which I have heard gives good results for PCAT test takers.
    Good luck
  14. bananaface

    bananaface Pharmacy Supernerd Pharmacist Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Apr 24, 2004
    gone to seed
    The PCAT math section used to be very different. I'm guessing the Barrons book may have been geared towards the old math section which was over half fractions, decimals, long division, and other basic math that you would need to do quickly and accurately in your head as a pharmacist. IMO the new PCAT does the profession a disservice by failing to screen out people who suck at basic math.

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