Dr. Gavin Putzer, PCAT Expert

Dr. Gavin Putzer has spent the last ten years helping aspiring pharmacy students prepare for the Pharmacy College Admissions Test, or PCAT. He holds an MD and PhD and is an adjunct professor of medicine at the University of Central Florida and is a professor and chair of the department of business administration and healthcare management at Albany State University. Dr. Putzer review programs affiliated with the University of Central Florida include Dr. Putzer's Review for the PCAT and Dr. Putzer's Review for the MCAT. He also offers Dr. Putzer's Review through Stetson University.

Dr. Putzer was gracious enough to lend his expertise to Tests.com and answer a few questions about PCAT preparation.

What do college admissions officials look for in a PCAT score? How does it affect a prospective student’s total application?
Graduate schools examine a PCAT score for consistency of scores with academic coursework.

What is the biggest mistake students make before taking the PCAT?
Not adequately preparing for a standardized exam.

How much time should students spend preparing for the exam before test day?
Three months to perform well.

Should students plan enough time between the test date and application deadline to take the test a second time if their scores aren’t high enough?
Students should only take the exam only one time.

In your opinion, what is the best way for one to prepare for the PCAT? There are many books, classes, practice tests, etc., available. Is one method preferable to another?
I recommend a rigorous course with a qualified professor who is dynamic and knowledgeable with experience in the disciplines on the PCAT.

What should students look for in a PCAT tutor? In a class? Workbook or study guide?
Students should seek experience as well as a course affiliated with and endorsed by a university and academic professional peers.

What advice do you have for students the night before and during the test?
Close all books the night before the exam. During the exam, do not let any situation alter your strategic approach.

Is there a particular test-taking strategy you recommend?
I recommend the trademark strategies offered by UCF/Dr. Putzer’s Review.

What else do you think is important for test candidates to consider before taking the PCAT?
Students should maintain a fine undergraduate GPA and procure strong LOR, volunteering and employment experience.

If you would like to learn more about the PCAT, please read The Guide to the PCAT or visit The PCAT Test Directory.


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