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Sign-Up for the New 2019 PCAT Dates!

The AACP (that is, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, for the uninitiated) just announced new PCAT dates for the month of April. In addition to the testing windows in January and February, the PCAT will now also be administered April 2-3, 2019. However, you’ll have to act quickly. Registration opens on December 20 and you’ll have until March 18, 2019 to register and schedule for an exam. Late registration is open until March 25, 2019, and you can cancel by March 29. Register on the AACP site, or click here.

Many pharmacy schools require applicants to take the PCAT before they can apply to the school. The additional dates are great news for those who couldn’t take the dates in January or February, and also for those who need a bit more time to study for the exam. If you’re still uncertain about whether you should take the PCAT this year, there are a few things to keep in mind.

1. Application Deadlines
Some schools require applicants to take the PCAT no later than the September exams dates prior to the year you are seeking admissions. Make sure you know your schools’ application deadlines and double-check to see which scores they will accept.

2. Prep Timeline
While the PCAT is not as strenuous as other entrance exams, it’s still a doozy and you should give yourself ample time to prep. The average PCAT test-taker prepares for about 2-4 months before the exam. Not sure where to start? Take a free diagnostic test when you sign up for our free practice bundle.

3. Study Plan
Once you’ve taken your diagnostic and know where you stand, it’s time to decide how you’re going to prep. Next Step offers a comprehensive Online PCAT Course as well as One-on-One PCAT Tutoring packages (which include access to the full online course). If you’re not sure which prep option is best for you, set up a free consultation with one of our experienced Academic Managers.

But don’t wait! The PCAT seats on a first-come, first-served basis and you don’t want to miss out on your preferred date or test center because you put off the decision. For more details on how to register, check out our blog post here.

If you have any more questions about the PCAT, email us at Good luck!

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