Score Reporting Changes 2016–17
First-time PCAT aspirants from July 2011-January 2015 are the new norm group for all percentile ranks reported on Official Transcripts and Official Score Reports, starting with the July 2016 PCAT administrations.
From July 2016, the new subtest titles, namely, Chemical Processes, Biological Processes, Quanttative Reasoning and Critical Reading will be used for reporting all multiple-choice questions. The Verbal Ability Section is no longer included in PCAT.
Test results recieved before Jul 2016 wil display current subtest titles.
Percentile ranks of all subtests have been converted to current percentile scores. Percentie ranks and Composite Scores have been recalculated so as to exclude the Verbal Ability subtest scores.
Verbal Ability Scores for tests taken prior to July 2016 will continue to be reported, but will not affect the Composite Score and Percentile rank.
Blueprint changes 2016-17
40% of items in Biological Processes and Chemical Processes are in the form of passages focusing on a specific research study or experiment. Candidates will requite content knowledge and analytical skills for evaluation and interpretation.
40% of items in Critical Reading (formerly Reading Comprehension) consist of passages with humanities and/or social science content, and require the student to interpret, analyze and evaluate the given data.
50% of items in Quantitative Reasoning (formerly Quantitative Ability) involve a practical situation and pose a quantitative problem.
Questions based on basic matth and alegbra are greater in proportion in Quantitative Reasoning, and fewer number of questions based on precalculus and calculus.
Students will be provided with an online standard calculator and a periodic table for the Chemical Processes subtest, and an online standard calculator for the Biological Porcesses and Quantitative Reasoning subtests.
The Verbal Abilty subtest is no longer included in PCAT, and more time is allotted for the Biological Processes and Chemical Processes subtests.