Specific pcat self-study plan?

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Hello; I will be taking the PCAT July 19th and I am beginning offically studying tomorrow, June 1st. I have the Kaplan book but I was hoping for suggestions on specific hours per day, number of practice tests to take and when, etc...
Do I have to memorize this kaplan book? Or should I just focus on whatever I don't know from the practice tests?

Also, I am not applying for pharmacy school until next year as I hope to enter in Fall 2014. Can I take the PCAT in summer 2013 and still be fine to apply (in the event that I don't do so well this summer?)

Thanks! :)

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Take as many practice exams you can and focus on your weak areas. Make sure you pace yourself and know the information before moving on, you don't want to have a 1000 yard stare into your review books the night before.
 
I am taking the PCAT July 19th also!

I started studying for the PCAT on May 20th. I bought the Collins PCAT self study guide. The first week, I took each test to see where my weaknesses were. Each day of the week (Monday-Thursday) I study for an hour or two on a specific subject, at the end of the week I take one of the practice tests timed to see how I have improved. So far I have taken the reading portion, writing portion, and math portion (did math for two weeks!) I began the general chemistry portion but havn't re-tested myself.

I plan to crank up the studying as the days come closer to the test date. I am also considering buying the Kaplans Biology book because I heard it was really good, and Collins doesn't have a lot of study guide material on Biology.
 
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Hey guys, there are lots of ways to studying for the pcat. If you guys are interested in the way I studied using the pcat, and how I set up my schedule, feel free to pm me.
 
Hey guys, there are lots of ways to studying for the pcat. If you guys are interested in the way I studied using the pcat, and how I set up my schedule, feel free to pm me.

hey I'm taking the pcat in july 19th also, about to start studying for it by the end of this week. Any suggestions on what to start with? how many hours a day?
Im taking a class and work part time, so im a little time constrained :scared: help !
 
hey I'm taking the pcat in july 19th also, about to start studying for it by the end of this week. Any suggestions on what to start with? how many hours a day?
Im taking a class and work part time, so im a little time constrained :scared: help !

Mimosa90,


Check out EXAM KRACKERS MCAT subject books and their 1001 Questions in... books. That has helped me a TON preparing for my PCAT. Ditch the textbooks. You really don't have much time...I say go straight for the 1001 Questions books. Organic Chemistry, Inorganic, and Bio. They have full explanations for all questions in the back!!! Althought it was meant for "MCAT" takers it's totally relevant for PCAT-takers as well. I was so surprised to see close-to-same questions on the real PCAT.

At this point, you need to practice on a lot of multiple-choice questions. I felt really daunted going back into my textbook. I was losing even more time. So yeah, definitely check out Exam Krackers.

Good Luck !!!!!!

P.S. I absolutely DETEST KAPLAN.
 
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Mimosa90,


Check out EXAM KRACKERS MCAT subject books and their 1001 Questions in... books. That has helped me a TON preparing for my PCAT. Ditch the textbooks. You really don't have much time...I say go straight for the 1001 Questions books. Organic Chemistry, Inorganic, and Bio. They have full explanations for all questions in the back!!! Althought it was meant for "MCAT" takers it's totally relevant for PCAT-takers as well. I was so surprised to see close-to-same questions on the real PCAT.

At this point, you need to practice on a lot of multiple-choice questions. I felt really daunted going back into my textbook. I was losing even more time. So yeah, definitely check out Exam Krackers.

Good Luck !!!!!!

P.S. I absolutely DETEST KAPLAN.

Thank you for the advice :) I could not find the exam krackers mcat at barnes &nobles :/
I will try finding it online. However, I decided to wait until september to take the PCAT since I felt I don't have enough time :scared:
So now that I have much more time to properly prepare for it, any other book suggestions??

Also, I haven't cancelled my july PCAT yet, I was thinking take it as a practice test and choose the option of not sending it to any schools.. good idea? bad?

Thank you :)
 
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