Top 5 PCAT Review Books

JANUARY 17, 2016
The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is a specialized exam that helps identify qualified pharmacy school applicants by measuring general academic ability and scientific knowledge.
 
With so many PCAT review books on the market, how can you decide which is best? I personally reviewed each of the following books and present my ratings.
 
1. Kaplan PCAT Test Prep
Exclusively endorsed by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy as the official PCAT prep provider, Kaplan offers everything you need in a PCAT review book. At just under 1000 pages, Kaplan PCAT Test Prep is broken up into 62 chapters, providing a thorough review of all subjects on the test.
 
Within each chapter, there are a number of review problems with explanations so that you never fall behind in any particular category. The book also contains strategies to increase your PCAT score, as well as an invaluable condensed study sheet organized by subject.
 
Another strength of this book is its detailed information on the PCAT essay. The book provides instructions for success and sample essays with scores based on PCAT grading.
 
With the purchase of this review book, Kaplan offers free online access to 2 full-length practice exams with detailed explanations. The book is also updated every year, so you will always be reviewing the most up-to-date material. 
 
Although it is slightly more expensive than the other review books, Kaplan PCAT Test Prep is the most complete review book on the market.
 
Cost: $35
My Rating: 10/10


Timothy O'Shea, PharmD
Timothy O'Shea, PharmD
Timothy O'Shea, PharmD, is a Clinical Pharmacist working at a large health insurance plan on the east coast. Additionally he works per diem at a retail pharmacy chain. He graduated from MCPHS University - Boston in 2015 and subsequently completed a PGY-1 Managed Care Pharmacy Residency. His professional interests include pharmacy legislation and managed care pharmacy. He can be followed on Twitter at @toshea125.
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