The pharmacy technician test is the exam that will unlock your future
to a successful career in the pharmacy field. The official
certification exam to obtain the CPhT designation is issued by the
Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). The content and scoring for the PTCE was updated as of November 1, 2013.
It is a computerized exam that is administered through Pearson Vue testing services. The exam is given year-round on a continuous basis. You can check this site to find a testing location near you.
Although it is advised that you complete an accredited training program
before taking the certification exam, a training/educational program is
not required in
However, you will increase your chances of success on not only the test itself but also in your career if you do complete an accredited program of study BEFORE taking the exam.
View the video below for an interview with a pharm tech instructor, and she gives her opinion on this.
A high school diploma (or its equivalent) is the only required education for the exam.
Other requirements for the test are no felony conviction(s), and no drug or pharmacy-related convictions.
The official pharmacy technician test (PTCE) contains a total of 90 questions.
You are given 1 hour and 50 minutes to complete the exam.
The test is based on nine "knowledge domains" listed on the PTCE blueprint (effective as of November 1, 2013):
highest score that can be obtained is 1600. A score of 1400 (or roughly 87%) is the minimum score required for passing the test. (This minimum percentage is nearly 15% higher than with the previous version of the exam prior to November 1, 2013.)
There are a few important steps you can take to ensure that you successfully pass the exam. But the first step is a good practice test.
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