• Be certain to fulfill all the academic prerequisites.
  • Maximize your exposure to a variety of test preparation materials for the PCAT and plan to review over a prolonged period of time. Take your admission test preparation seriously and start preparing early.
  • Register to take the PCAT only when you are maximally prepared to perform at your best. Completion of the general chemistry and general biology course sequences is recommended, as well as a semester of organic chemistry, calculus, microbiology and anatomy and physiology.
  • Take the initiative to make sure your professors know who you are in every course you take; you may wish to ask them for letters of recommendation later.
  • Make a habit of attending classes diligently and attempt to sit in rows near the front of the class.
  • Study hard and learn as much as you can in all of your classes. Earn high grades as a function of learning a lot.
  • Maintain your commitment to studying hard even though the course or professor may not be the most interesting or enjoyable. Remember learning in courses is the primary goal, not being entertained or liked by the professor.
  • Demonstrate maturity by doing well in courses that you do not find the most interesting or challenging.
  • If you are having difficulty in a prerequisite course, evaluate your options. Consider using tutors, visiting with the professor during office hours, changing study habits, setting appropriate priorities for study time, studying with peers, withdrawing from the course and taking it at a time when you have more time, or whether there is another professor from whom you might learn more effectively.
  • Take higher-level science course work to better prepare for pharmacy school.
  • Demonstrate a sustained record of 14-16 credit hour loads per term with two or more sciences. Use common sense in your coursework schedule. Do not take overloads in credit hours per semester in an attempt to complete prerequisites ahead of time.
  • Maintain a comprehensive master calendar and exercise sound time-management skills.
Originally posted: August 21, 2013
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