February 2018 PCAT Test Dates – What You Need To Know
- Dec 15, 2017
- PCAT Blog, PCAT Dates
by Sophia Stone
If you’re worried about missing the last testing window of the 2017-18 PCAT season, fret no longer! Pearson just announced a final testing window between February 1-14 until the 2018-19 PCAT testing season opens in July. It doesn’t matter if you’ve decided last minute to apply to pharmacy school this year, or perhaps you didn’t do as well on the PCAT as you had hoped and are ready to schedule a retake, or maybe all of the January testing dates are full near you – or you could just want to get a head start on applying next year!
Without any further ado, here are the details:
- Regular registration: December 18 – January 17
- Late registration: January 18 – January 24
- Cancellation deadline: January 26
- Testing dates: February 1 – 14
- Official score release dates: March 8 – 21
Don’t delay registering so you can guarantee a spot at a testing center that’s convenient for you. You can register and schedule your exam at the Pearson VUE website when registration opens on Monday, December 18th. The registration fee is $210 if you register by January 17th, but if you register between January 18-24, a late registration fee of $49 will be added. If you need to cancel your registration, you must do so by January 26 to receive a refund of half the original registration fee.
Registering for the PCAT and reporting your PCAT scores to pharmacy schools can be confusing, so let’s break it down. First of all, you can submit your PharmCAS application before you’ve actually taken the PCAT. You will have to enter the date you plan to take the PCAT, but this can help you get ahead on the PharmCAS verification process. To have your PCAT score sent to PharmCAS, you must enter PharmCAS Code 104 when you are asked where you would like your scores sent while registering for the PCAT. You will also need to enter your PCAT CID (Candidate Identification Number) on your PharmCAS application, and you can find your PCAT CID in one of three places: your registration confirmation, your admission ticket, or your score report. Note that if you have taken the PCAT more than once, your 5 most recent PCAT exam scores will be all be sent to PharmCAS. When in doubt, give us a call at 1-800-530-NEXT or contact Pearson’s Customer Relations Department at 1-800-622-3231 or firstname.lastname@example.org between 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST Monday through Friday. The response time from Pearson’s customer support team is usually really quick!
Now let’s talk deadlines. A good rule of thumb is to submit your PharmCAS application at least two weeks before any school deadline to avoid heavy web traffic and delays. For example, if the application deadline for a given program is March 1, you should try to submit your application before February 15 if at all possible to ensure a rapid verification process. In fact, you should try to submit your application as early as possible for two reasons. First, the verification process can take up to 5 weeks, but the sooner you submit, the sooner it will be processed and received by each pharmacy school. More importantly, schools with rolling admissions may have fewer interview seats available later in the admissions cycle, so the earlier you apply, the better your chances. You can contact program admissions offices directly to confirm whether they accept applicants on a rolling basis.
December falls in the middle of the application season, and you still have time to apply to programs with January 5, February 1, and March 1 deadlines, which you can find here. Winter break is the perfect time to polish your personal statement and prepare for the PCAT with a free PCAT Practice Bundle if you plan to take it in January or February. Don’t forget to request letters of recommendation for your PharmCAS application at least 2-3 weeks in advance of your planned submission date. If you’ve set your sights on a PCAT testing date in the 2018-19 cycle, keep your eyes peeled for registration to open again on March 1, 2018!
We wish you the best of luck!
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