This page discusses the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.
This page also talks about some helpful tips when preparing for the exam, what the format of the exam is like, practice tests and their cost, who is eligible to sit for the exam, and what you will need to bring with you when going to take the exam.
Preparing for the PTCE requires a lot of study time.
None of us have as much time as we'd like, between family, work, school and other activities.
So the first step in our preparation is to make sure we know exactly what we need to study, as specifically as possible.
The format of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam is as follows:
Now, of those questions, we need to treat all of them the same. Since we don't know which of the questions are counted toward our final score, we'll treat them all the same. Now, those questions will be broken down as follows:
Now, the first step for us to prepare for this is to find our weak spots.
Two practice tests are available on the PTCB.org website. They cost $29 each to take them, but it's well-worth knowing where you need to focus your study time at.
The first step is to take the first practice test and look at the results. Pay attention to the breakdown of questions that you missed, and use that to focus your study efforts.
If you missed a lot of questions about medications, focus there.
Remember, two-thirds of the test will be specifically on our role assisting the pharmacist.
The questions will cover both commercial and institutional pharmacy settings. So if you're in doubt about what to study, focus the most time there.
The other important thing to remember is that there is no penalty for guessing on a question.
With four answers on a multiple-choice exam, you can usually rule out one or two of them as being obviously incorrect. Of the remaining answers, it's important to always pick one.
You can get free points here even if you're not 100% sure which answer is correct. Answer everything, don't leave any blanks.
It costs $129 each time you want to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam, so it's important to maximize your chances of passing on the first attempt.
Spending the $29 on the practice tests is well worth it to help you prepare for the PTCE.
What Happens When I Take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam?
The very first step is to make sure you're eligible to take the PTCE.
To be eligible, you need to have a High School Diploma or GED, have no felony convictions, and have no drug-related convictions of any kind.
If you're unsure if you're eligible, contact the PTCB directly and find out before you sign up for the exam.
Here's what you'll need to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam:
Once all that is done, you're almost finished.
Thanks for reading about preparing for the PTCE. You should have a clear understanding of exactly what you need to do to be well-prepared to succeed in becoming certified.