PTCB/PTCE Test Breakdown

Key Point: PTCB - Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), PTCE-Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) samples your knowledge and skill base for activities performed in the work of pharmacy technicians. Each question is carefully written, referenced, and validated to determine its accuracy and correctness. The Certification Council and Pharmacy Technician Resource Panel (composed of pharmacists, CPhTs, and pharmacy technician educators drawn from various practice settings and geographic areas) have developed the actual test items under the direction of PES testing experts. In addition, the content framework of the entire examination is supported by a nationwide study of the work pharmacy technicians perform in a variety of practice settings including community and institutional pharmacies.

The PTCE contains 125 multiple-choice questions plus an additional 15 non-scored questions, for a total of 140 questions. The 15 additional non-scored questions are pre-test questions and are not used in calculating your score. The pre-test questions provide statistical information for possible use on future examinations; this information is vital in building a quality test. The pre-test questions are randomly placed throughout the exam. Candidates are encouraged to answer all questions. Each exam question provides four choices, with only ONE designated as the correct or best answer. The questions from the three functions tested are distributed randomly throughout the total exam. It is to your advantage to answer every question on the exam since the final score is based on the total number of questions answered correctly. You will have three hours to complete the national PTCE.

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Last Updated: 07/05/2018


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