We’ve received quite a few questions about the PCAT exam this week. Congratulations to all of you who took it in July!
What are the minimum scores you consider?
We recommend that students get at least 50% on the composite and sub sections to be competitive for our program. Scoring 70% and above on the composite section will make you most competitive. Our average PCAT composite score for accepted students the past few years has been 88%. Please note that is the average; many students fall below and above that score.
I didn’t do as well on the PCAT as I hoped. Should I retake it?
🙁 First off, sorry to hear that.
You can, if you feel that you will do better. If you fall below our minimums (see the first sentence in the question above), you might want to study and retake the PCAT. We do superscore; if you take it multiple times, we will consider your highest overall scores.
Since you superscore…if i retake the PCAT, can I focus on the sections I did poorly on the first time, and not focus (ie-not try as hard) on the sections I did well on before?
This is not the best strategy. If we see that you aced your biology subsection the first time and significantly decreased your biology score the second time around, this might be cause for concern. I would recommend focusing your studying beforehand on the sections you didn’t do as well in, and still try your hardest on all sections when you take the exam.
Which sections are most important in the admissions process?
We focus most heavily on the composite score, and the biology, chemistry, and quantitative sections. The critical reading and essay are important, but we prefer to assess those areas in other parts of your application.
What other questions do you have about the PCAT exam?