The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is a specialized test that measures applicants’ general academic ability and scientific knowledge in the context of pharmacy study. Through a series of multiple-choice sections and a writing component, the PCAT assesses competency in five content areas (Biology Processes, Chemical Processes, Quantitative Reasoning, Critical Reading, and Writing) as a means of pre-screening the initial pool of applicants.

All applicants to the PharmD program are required to write the PCAT and have valid scores reported directly to the University of Toronto:

  • When you are registering to write the PCAT, you must enter the University of Toronto recipient code on your PCAT application to ensure that test results will be reported to the University of Toronto (code 278).
  • For the 2020 admission cycle, valid scores include tests written between January 2016 and January 2020.
  • Applicants are advised to register early to ensure their ability to write the test on the date they prefer and at the location of their choice.
  • The PCAT is  operated and administered independently of the University of Toronto. Applicants must register to write the test  through the PCAT website


Minimum PCAT Scores

Minimum PCAT percentile scores must be met before candidates can proceed to admission interview stage.

Individual scores on the PCAT are assessed within a competitive pool; as a result, minimum scores may fluctuate from year to year.  You should anticipate that required scores will be no lower than those used in the most recent previous admission cycle as given below.  As well, applicants should note that the PCAT scores used for final selections may be higher than the minimum scores which are announced in March of each year to applicants.

Minimum PCAT percentile scores required to proceed to admission interview stage. Values from the four most recent past admission cycles (2016-2019):

Test section

Minimum Percentile Score 

Biology (Biological Processes)


Chemistry (Chemical Processes)


Quantitative Ability (Quantitative Reasoning)


Reading Comprehension (Critical Reading)