Seven sections that PCAT cover

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PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test) refers to a standardized test that has been designed for the candidates who want to take admission into the pharmacy colleges. This exam spans for 4 hours. It includes 240 questions in total along with 2 essay questions. This PCAT test is comprised of seven sections on the basis of six types of content areas. Those content areas include: Writing, Verbal Ability, Biology, Chemistry, Reading Comprehension and Quantitative Ability.

1.  Writing

The ‘Writing’ section comes first among the seven sections. The time duration of this section is 30 minutes. The total number of question required to be answered in the ‘Writing’ section is one and the question type is an essay writing question. In The ‘Writing’ section the examinees are given an essay prompt along with several given problem. In the question format the examinees are asked to write down an essay which will solve the given problems. In the essay, the examinees are supposed to find out every possible solution to the given problems using their skills and aptitude. Therefore, the ‘Writing’ section has been designed to measure the Problem solving expertise of the examinees. The ‘Writing’ section also validates the skill of examinees in conferencing through applying suitable word and language.

2.  Verbal Ability

The ‘Verbal Ability’ section comes at the second sequence after the ‘Writing’ section. The time duration of this section is 30 minutes. The total number of question required to be answered in The ‘Verbal Ability’ section are 48 and the question type is multiple-choice question. In the ‘Verbal Ability’ section the examinees face questions from two categories; those are: analogies and sentence completion. In the question format the students are asked to choose the correct answer among the provided multiple options. Therefore, the ‘Verbal Ability’ section has been designed to measure the verbal skills of the examinees. It also validates expertise of examinees in applying words properly in language.

3.  Biology

The ‘Biology’ section comes at the third sequence after the ‘Verbal Ability’ section. The time duration of this section is 30 minutes. The total number of question required to be answered in The ‘Biology’ section are 48 and the question type is multiple-choice question. In the ‘Biology’ section the examinees face questions from three categories; those are: General biology, Microbiology, Anatomy and physiology.  In the question format the students are asked to choose the correct answer among the provided multiple options. Therefore, the ‘Biology’ section has been designed to measure the level of knowledge on the biology related issues of the examinees. It also validates expertise of examinees in physiology related issues.

4.  Chemistry

The ‘Chemistry’ section comes at the fourth sequence after the ‘Biology’ section. The time duration of this section is 30 minutes. The total number of question required to be answered in The ‘Chemistry’ section are 48 and the question type is multiple-choice question. In the ‘Chemistry’ section the examinees face questions from two categories; those are: General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry.  In the question format the students are asked to choose the correct answer among the provided multiple options. Therefore, the ‘Chemistry’ section has been designed to measure the basic level knowledge of the examinees on the chemistry related issues. It also validates expertise of examinees in the organic chemistry related issues. 

5.  Writing

The second phase of ‘Writing’ section comes at the fifth sequence after the short break given at the end of ‘Chemistry’ section. The time duration of this section is 30 minutes. The total number of question required to be answered in the ‘Writing’ section is one and the question type is an essay writing question. In The ‘Writing’ section the examinees are given an essay prompt along with several given problem. In the question format the examinees are asked to write down an essay which will solve the given problems. In the essay, the examinees are supposed to find out every possible solution to the given problems using their skills and aptitude. Therefore, the ‘Writing’ section has been designed to measure the Problem solving expertise of the examinees. The ‘Writing’ section also validates the skill of examinees in conferencing through applying suitable word and language.

6.  Reading Comprehension

The ‘Reading Comprehension’ section comes at the sixth sequence after the second phase of ‘Writing’ section. The time duration of this section is 50 minutes. The total number of question required to be answered in the ‘Reading Comprehension’ section is 48 and the question type is multiple-choice questions. In The ‘Reading Comprehension’ section the examinees are given 6 numbers of passages based on diverse scientific topics and the contents of these passages are be selected randomly out of the general curricula of the exam. In the question format the examinees are asked to choose the correct answer among the provided multiple options on the basis of what they have comprehended from the contents of the given passages. Therefore, the ‘Reading Comprehension’ section has been designed to measure the comprehending and analyzing expertise of the examinees. The ‘Reading Comprehension’ section also validates the power of examinees in making proper evaluation of any text or piece of writing.

7.  Quantitative Ability

The ‘Quantitative Ability’ section comes at the last sequence among the seven sections after the ‘Reading Comprehension’ section. The time duration of this section is 40 minutes. The total number of question required to be answered in the ‘Quantitative Ability’ section are 48 and the question type is multiple-choice question. In the ‘Quantitative Ability’ section the examinees face questions from four categories; those are: Math, Algebra, Probability & statistics and Pre-calculus & calculus.  In the question format the students are asked to choose the correct answer among the provided multiple options. Therefore, the ‘Quantitative Ability’ section has been designed to measure the basic level knowledge of the examinees on the mathematics related problems. 


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