- Nov 21, 2016
- PCAT Blog
If you’re looking to start a career in pharmaceutics, you will likely need to take the PCAT. While some schools don’t require it, most do, so you want to make sure that you’re prepared for what’s to come.
Unfortunately, the PCAT will be a part of your pharmacy school application costs. So, how much will the PCAT cost you? Below is a list of all of the costs you will need to keep in mind for the exam.
In order to register for the PCAT, you will need to pay a $210 registration fee. If you register past the deadline for your testing window, you will need to pay a $49 non-refundable late fee. So, make sure that you’re registering before the deadline; you don’t want to have to pay a late fee. That’s an extra cost that can add to your overall total and one that is easily avoidable. You can find the PCAT registration deadlines here. Not sure how to register? Take a look at our post on Registering for the PCAT.
Rescoring/ Score Verification
If you feel that your scores aren’t accurate, you can choose to have the multiple-choice sections or the writing section re-scored. To have the multiple-choice sections verified, you will need to pay $40. To have the writing section re-scored, you will need to pay $50. There are many reasons why you may believe that your official scores are not an accurate representation, so make sure that you are factoring these costs in just in case.
The PCAT allows you to send three official score reports for free; the schools you wish to send these to must be specified prior to registration. Once you register, you cannot change the schools that your official score reports are being sent to. If you decide you want to send out score reports to additional schools, you will need to pay for those. To send additional score reports, the fee is $20 per report. The typical student applies to 5 pharmacy schools, which is already more than the allotted three free reports. Make sure that you know which programs you intend to apply to prior to your PCAT registration; this way you know ahead of time how many extra reports will need to be sent.
Whether you choose to study on your own or choose to get help, you’re going to have to purchase some kind of preparation assistance. There are books available for self-study as well as practice tests both official or from a prep company like Next Step. Books go from $15 to $40 depending on what you’re looking for. You can purchase an official multiple-choice practice test for $50. The official writing practice test is $30 for one. There are discount options if you choose to buy tests in bulk.
You can also enroll in a course or sign up for one-on-one PCAT tutoring. These costs can vary, but they are typically a more expensive prep option. If you’re interested in tutoring, you can set up a free consultation with one of our Academic Managers to go over whether or not it is right for you.
There will likely be other costs that you will need to factor in. Travel to and from the testing location, for instance. The costs can add up slowly, so make sure that you’re aware of the costs associated with the PCAT before you take it. It is the first step in the application process and you don’t want to be unprepared.
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