PCAT Breakdown: Chemistry Section!

This is part 4 of a series breaking down the Pharmacy College Admission Test.

Go check out the rest of the series (with more to come) here on the blog to get the full lowdown!


On the menu today: Chemistry! This is the fourth section you’ll face come test day!

It’s scheduled right before the official test break meaning you might be feeling a little drained by this point but with the right preparation you will power through!


The Chemistry section consists of 48 questions

both freestanding and passage-based

and you will have 30 minutes.


Below are detailed outlines of each the objectives tested in the chemistry section:

General Chemistry, 50% of questions

PCAT Gen Chem


Organic Chemistry, 30% of questions

PCAT Org Chem


Basic Biochemistry Processes, 20% of questions

PCAT Biochem


As mentioned earlier there are two types of questions, freestanding and passage-based. The addition of the two short passages, each with 4 questions, to the PCAT came in 2014 and brings an added layer of complexity to the chemistry section.

With the freestanding questions the knowledge tested can be straightforward but the passage-based questions require reading comprehension before you even get the Reading Comprehension section of the PCAT! But then with the passages you have to be able to (quickly) break down the information presented and be able to comprehend, analyze, and evaluate the passage. The way to prepare for this is with practice. YES, basically like with all things PCAT Prep… PRACTICE is key!


Here’s a sample of a freestanding question:

PCAT Chem Sample


With PCAT Cracker you can practice practice practice and you can even take tests focusing in on objectives you need to hone in! So get to it…

Happy Practicing!