# Taking the PCAT for the first time 07/10

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#### deleted664902

Hey everyone,

So long story short, I haven't studied for the PCAT this Friday AT ALL and was wondering if I could still possibly score in the 90th percentile by cramming from now until 8am Friday. Do you think it's possible?

LOL. Just kidding. Now that I have your attention, I was wondering if I could get some insight from previous test-takers. I graduated last fall and landed a job with McKesson. I've been studying on and off since May due to working long hours every week with Dr. Collins. I've been doing fairly well on all the Biology and Chemistry practice exams (~41/48), but I never have enough time to finish all the questions in the quantitative section (leaving about 10 blank by the time the clock reaches approximately 3 or 4 minutes). Although I panic, I get the ones I have done all correct.

How the FU*K do imaginary numbers, vectors, complex numbers and unequal fractions/percentages prove anything? Yes, I understand it's mental math and they're assessing how quickly you can solve a challenging problem, but come on. When is a pharmacist NOT going to use a calculator when dosing vancomycin or an IV rate? Better yet, use imaginary and complex numbers and their equations? This is bull****.

Anyway, the reason I'm writing this is because I'm freaking out despite the fact that I've gone through Dr. Collins thoroughly and have done pretty decent on the practice exams provided. I ordered the official ones from Pearson and so far have done two, but the quantitative section CONTINUES to throw curveball questions that I don't even know how to do. I studied everything I could but these go all the way back to algebra (vertex equation of a parabola) and as I have mentioned before, imaginary/complex numbers. It's ridiculous in my opinion.

I haven't submitted them for a composite score yet, but can anyone give me some advice or tricks on how to solve these stupid math problems? Do you think missing about 8 from each section will give me a terrible composite (I know it's impossible to tell, but just from experience if anyone remembers their scores and how many they missed/incorrectly answered)?

I have two days left and I'm worn out from work and studying. I want to give up because I've reached the point of diminishing returns and keep coming across questions I have never seen before. It just kills my confidence...

I apologize for the rant. I just don't see how this will help assess my success in pharmacy school or even my determination. Any advice/tips/tricks for anything would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for taking time out of your day to read this and possibly help me (and the others taking the PCAT as well).

#### ab5678

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I took my final practice Pearson test today, I take the PCAT on Friday too. I have not taken organic chemistry or A&P so I'm pretty worried about that. As for your question about missing 8 from each section and what your composite will be like, all I can really do is compare how I did on my practice test since I missed anywhere from 8-11 questions per section (except QA, yikes. But I still don't think my percentile range for that is too bad, must be a commonly low scored section by people). Well, I hope this helps!

VA: 30/40, 62-86 percentile
Bio: 32/40, 75-95 percentile
Chemistry: 29/40, 72-92 percentile
RC: 30/40, 71-91 percentile
QA: 27/40, 75-95 percentile
Composite: 78-98 percentile

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#### deleted664902

I'm in the same boat, except I haven't taken A&P and Microbiology. I'm just a little worried with the quantitative and the reading comprehension, as well as the verbal portion (not knowing every word out there). I appreciate you sharing your stats with me. Looks pretty good! I'm sure you're going to do well on Friday.

Good luck and thanks again!

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I'm in the same boat, except I haven't taken A&P and Microbiology. I'm just a little worried with the quantitative and the reading comprehension, as well as the verbal portion (not knowing every word out there). I appreciate you sharing your stats with me. Looks pretty good! I'm sure you're going to do well on Friday.

Good luck and thanks again!

Missing 8-10 from each section should get you an above average score. Even with a low math section (assuming this is the only you miss more than 8-10) your composite should look pretty good.

#### futurepharmd33

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Do you just guess the numbers because all mine says is you are here