How to register and schedule for the PCAT

How to register and schedule for the PCAT

The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is a specialized test that helps identify qualified applicants to pharmacy colleges. The exam measures general academic ability and scientific knowledge necessary for the commencement of pharmaceutical education. The PCAT is required by a majority of out of state pharmacy schools; however, currently only two California schools, UCSF and Chapman, require it (keep in mind this may change).

Follow this step-by-step guide to register and schedule for the PCAT:

Step 1: Visit

  1. After visiting, click on the tab labeled “Register and Schedule.”
  2. Open two tabs:
    1. PCAT Candidate Login and Registration
    2. Pearson VUE

Step 2: Create your user account

When you open the first link, PCAT Candidate Login and Registration, it will take you to a login screen. Create your user account with your basic information.

Next, select the schools you wish to send your score reports too. You MUST select PharmCAS as one of the recipients as some pharmacy schools only accept scores from PharmCAS. You may choose two other schools for free.

You will also:

  • Select your testing window, which is the month you will be taking the exam
  • State if you need any special accommodations (e.g. separate testing room or extra time)
  • Verify your information and pay the exam fee of $210

Once you have completely registered, take note of your CID number, which can be found under the “My profile” tab. Your CID number will be needed in the next step.

Step 3: Schedule your testing date, time & location

Go to the second link, Pearson VUE. You must create another account with this site using your CID number from the first website. Once you have made an account, you will be able to select a date and time for your exam.


Congratulations! You have now completed your registration and scheduling of your PCAT exam. If you have additional questions about the PCAT or pharmacy school applications, visit us in the Student Affairs Office during drop-in hours.

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