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Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination

Practice Test

PTCB’s new Practice Test is designed to familiarize candidates with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE). The Practice Test is built according to the same content specifications as the PTCE (updated on November 1, 2013), although the Practice Test questions will never appear on an actual examination. The Practice Test contains 90 questions and is priced at $29.

Practice Test Improvements

The new and enhanced Practice Test has added features not included with previous practice exams. Unlike the old practice exam, the Practice Test now has the same look, feel, and functionality as the actual PTCE. This allows candidates to become familiar with the real exam experience in advance of test day. 

The Practice Test also provides the candidate 24-hour access to a post-exam review following the final submission of answers, and before the score is revealed. During this period, the candidate may review correct and incorrect answers to each question, along with explanations of each answer, as a way to better understand the content. 

FAQs: About the Practice Test

What practice exams does PTCB offer?
Beginning on December 5, 2013, PTCB offers the Official Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination Practice Test.

How many questions are on the practice tests?
Each Practice Test has 90 questions, in order to mimic the number of questions on the PTCE.

Will the practice test provide diagnostic information about my performance?
Diagnostic information is not provided on the score report. A count of how many items were correct and a grade will be provided. The practice test is not scored the same way as the PTCE; therefore, your score on the practice test should not be compared against an official score report on the PTCE. Your performance on the PTCE Practice Test in no way guarantees your performance on the PTCE.

Are there different versions of the practice tests?
No, there is currently only one version of the test available. More practice tests may be added in the future.

How much does the Practice Test cost?
The practice test costs $29, which is valid for one attempt. Test vouchers can also be purchased in discounted bulk quantities by Advocate Educators or Advocate Employers.

What system requirements do I need to have to take the Practice Test?
System requirements: The computer system you use for this test must meet these minimum requirements:

  • PC or Mac
  • Minimum Internet browser version: Internet Explorer 8.x, FireFox 6.x, Safari 5.x, or Chrome 12.x
  • Javascript must be enabled
  • Cookies must be enabled

How much time should I expect to spend taking the PTCE Practice Test?
Maximum time to complete the practice exam is 110 minutes, which mimics the maximum amount of time to complete the PTCE. You will be given a 24-hour time limit for a post-exam review that will allow you to see which questions you answered correctly and incorrectly.

Can I review my answers before submitting my Practice Test for scoring?
You may review your answers before submitting the Practice Test for scoring. All reviews must be done before time expires. Once you submit your test for scoring, you will be able to access the solutions in the post-exam review. You will receive your score after exiting the solutions page.

Do I pay for the Practice Test using the same account I use to schedule the actual exam?
PTCB's practice tests are delivered online and are self-administered. The PTCE is primarily delivered at Pearson VUE Professional Centers. Because of these different delivery methods, you will need separate user accounts in the Pearson VUE system, one to purchase your Practice Tests and another to schedule your certification exam.

Beginning on December 5, 2013, visit the Pearson Vue website to learn more about the new PTCE Practice Test, and to set up your user account to purchase Practice Tests.