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PCAT Biological Processes: Eukaryotic pathogens

Microbiology is a key component of the PCAT because pharmacists dispense many medications that treat infectious diseases. Often, when students hear the terms ‘microbiology’ and ‘infectious diseases,’ they immediately think of bacteria and viruses – and...

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PCAT Diagnostic Review

Sophia Stone, Next Step's PCAT Content Manager, led this PCAT diagnostic review session. She discussed why taking a diagnostic PCAT exam is an important step in the beginning of your PCAT prep. Sophia led students through what this exam can do for you and how you can...

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Tips for Success on the PCAT Writing Section

If we had a magic bullet for writing a compelling PCAT essay, trust me, we’d give it to you. However, you have only two principal jobs when writing your essay: persuade your audience write clearly You don’t need to be a Jane Austen or Charles...

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5 Basic Tips for Retaking the PCAT

Considering a PCAT Re-Take? Check out these 5 tips before you decide By Sophia Stone Decide whether you actually need to take the exam again. Most importantly, this requires actually knowing your score from your recent test date! Once scores have been...

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PCAT Quantitative Reasoning – Probablility

Deciphering the Probability of Multiple Events by Sophia Stone When solving probability problems, the how’s and why’s are often just as important as the calculations themselves. Half the battle is decoding the question stem and recognizing the type of...

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PCAT Biology – Commonly Confused Terms in Genetics

by Andrew Dombrowski Genetics is core to biology, because it is the field that describes how traits are inherited from parents to offspring and how those traits are expressed. For that reason, a solid understanding of genetics provides a good foundation for PCAT...

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PCAT Writing Section – What to Expect

This section can be difficult for many students prepping for the PCAT. Like the Critical Reading section, there is no content to study and memorize. This section requires no outside knowledge and only practice will help you improve. You won’t be able to rely on the...

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What PCAT Score Should You Aim For?

Like many of the questions regarding these types of exams, it’s dependent on a number of different factors. An average PCAT score is 400 on a scale of 200-600. Remember that’s average, though. Average may not get you into the school you’re hoping for. In general, you...

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PCAT Chemistry – Solubility Constants and the Common Ion Effect

by Andrew Dombrowski Of the general chemistry content covered on the PCAT, solubility is notable because it seems simple, but contains some surprises. On one hand, solubility is an accessible topic to anyone who has ever added sugar to their coffee or tea, but on the...

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6 Questions to Ask Before Structuring Your PCAT Prep

If you’re a pre-pharm student getting ready to prepare for the PCAT exam, you’ve likely asked yourself this question: what should my PCAT prep timeline be? While it may seem like a simple question, it can actually be pretty tough to answer, because it’s entirely...

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Types of Inhibition: Focus on the Basics

by Andrew Dombrowski Michaelis-Menten enzyme kinetics, and especially keeping track of the various kinds of reversible enzyme inhibition, is one of the most challenging areas of biochemistry for many PCAT students. It’s extremely easy to get lost in the details of...

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What Makes A Good Pharmacy School Applicant?

Every pharmacy program has its own requirements for applicants. The minimum PCAT score, minimum GPA, pre-requisites, number of recommendation letters required, etc. all vary. If they all want something different from you, then how do you appeal to several different...

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5 Steps to Success On The PCAT

The best way to do well on the PCAT is to be prepared for the exam. There are a variety of ways to prep and many will lead to success on test day; however, there are some things that are simply necessary. We have put together a list of five steps that will help you...

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Why is Gluconeogenesis Not Just Glycolysis in Reverse?

Glycolysis is widely understood to be one of the most important metabolic pathways to study for the exam, but students often have difficulty studying gluconeogenesis in parallel to glycolysis. On a certain level, it can be tempting to think of gluconeogenesis as the...

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Chemical Processes on the PCAT

After getting several questions specifically about the chemistry section of the PCAT, I thought it might be useful to spend a little time reviewing this section.  Structurally, chemical processes is similar to biology biological processes, with the same balance...

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Stay Organized While Studying for the PCAT

During the course of your PCAT prep, you're going to take plenty of notes. There are a lot of subjects to study and a lot of facts to memorize. So, how do you keep it all organized? Here are 7 tips for staying organized and staying sane while studying for the PCAT:...

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2017-2018 PCAT Test Dates

The 2017 – 2018 PCAT test dates have been announced. If you’re planning on taking the PCAT this year, you’ll want to make note of these testing windows and important dates. Registration opens today for several of these windows, and the deadlines can come up faster...

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