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PTCB practice tests

Use our free PTCB Practice Tests (updated for 2022) to study for your upcoming Pharmacy Technician exam. 

The PTCB exam is used to ensure candidates have the proper knowledge to become a pharmacy technician. The exam is challenging and includes 90 total questions - 80 scored questions and 10 unscored questions.

Our PTCB sample exams include actual questions and answers and will get you ready. Our exams require no registration and include instant scoring and complete answer explanations.

Summary: Use our free pharmacy tech practice tests to test your knowledge.

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Test-Guide.com's sample PTCB questions are an excellent way to study for your upcoming Pharmacy Technician exams. Our sample tests require no registration (or payment!). The questions are categorized based on the PTCB test outline and are immediately scored at the end of the quiz.  

Once you are finished with the test, you will be presented with a score report which includes a complete rationale for every question you got wrong.  We will be adding more sample test questions in the near future, so please come back often.  If you like these Pharm Tech practice questions, please make sure to share this resource with your friends and colleagues. 

In preparing for your Pharmacy Tech certification exam, you may find these resources helpful:

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Official PTCB Candidate Guidebook (PDF) Official guidebook from PTCB. Find guidelines and requirements from the PTCB here.  PTCB
PTCB Content Outline Find a content outline for the PTCB exam.  PTCB
565 Flashcards Study more than 500 flashcards to help drill down certain concepts.  Quizlet

There are many benefits of preparing for your Pharmacy Technician exam with practice tests.  Studying for your PTCB exam using sample questions is one of the most effective study practices you can use.  The advantages of using sample tests include:

  • Understanding the Test Format - Every standardized test has its own unique format.  As you take practice Pharm Tech tests you will become familiar with the format of the actual PTCB test.  Once the test day arrives you will have no surprises!
  • Concentrating Your Study - As you take more and more sample tests you begin to get a feel for the topics that you know well and the areas that you are weak on.  Many students waste a lot of valuable study time by reviewing material that they are good at (often because it is easier or makes them feel better).  The most effective way to study is to concentrate on the areas that you need help on
  • Know the Tricks - All standardized tests have certain "tricks" that they use to get you to select the wrong answer. By taking practice tests, you will learn to spot these trick questions...and choose the right answer.

Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), in conjunction with PearsonVue, developed the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) to assess whether individuals have the knowledge necessary to work as pharmacy technicians. 

Passing the PTCB exam allows pharmacy techs to use the CPhT (Certified Pharmacy Technician) designation. In order to continue using the CPhT designation, however, pharmacy tech's must successfully complete 20 hours of continuing education every two years.

The PTCB exam is a multiple choice exam that has 80 scored questions and 10 unscored questions. The exam is taken on a computer and administered by Pearson Vue. Candidates are given 1 hour and 50 minutes to answer the exam questions.

PTCB Exam Outline

The PTCB exam covers topics from the following knowledge domains:

PTCB Practice Test

  • Pharmacology for Technicians - 11 questions
  • Pharmacy Law and Regulations - 10 questions
  • Sterile and Non-sterile Compounding - 7 questions
  • Medication Safety - 10 questions
  • Pharmacy Quality Assurance - 6 questions
  • Medication Order Entry and Fill Process - 14 questions
  • Pharmacy Inventory Management - 7 questions
  • Pharmacy Billing and Reimbursement - 7 questions
  • Pharmacy Information Systems Usage and Application - 8 questions

Pearson VUE is responsible for administering the Pharmacy Technician exam. To schedule an exam appointment, candidates can go to www.pearsonvue.com/ptcb or call 1-866-902-0593.

Pearson VUE operates over 250 test centers nationwide. Additionally, Pearson VUE allows military personnel and qualifying dependents to take the exam at approved military sites.

The current fee for the PTCB exam is $129. Candidates may change their exam appointment up to one business day before their appointment. Exam fees will be forfeited if a candidate does not show up for their exam appointment.

A candidate must meet all of the following requirements in order to be eligible for the PTCB certification:

  • Valid High School Diploma (or high school equivalent certificate such as GED, HiSET or TASC).
  • Full compliance with all appropriate PTCB certification policies.
  • Complete disclosure of: State Board of Pharmacy registration/licensure actions and any criminal convictions.
  • Successful completion (passing) of the PTCE exam.

A candidate is subject to disqualification for any of the following items:

  • Violation of any PTCB certification policy such as the code of conduct.
  • A candidate's participation in any criminal activity.
  • Any State Board of Pharmacy licensure or registration action involving the candidate.

The PTCB exam uses scaled scores to help keep the scoring similar from year to year. A candidate's raw score (the number of questions a candidate answered correctly) is transformed to a scaled score. Scaled scores on the PTCB exam range from 1,000 to 1,600. The passing score for the exam is 1,400. This passing score was determined by a panel of subject-matter experts who evaluate each test question and estimate the percentage of qualified pharmacy technicians who would answer the question correctly.

Official score reports will be available online approximately one to three weeks after the exam date. Candidates are also given the option of having their score reports emailed to them.

Candidates who pass the exam will receive a certificate and wallet card approximately four to six weeks after the exam.

Candidates who fail the exam are allowed to retake the exam after 60 days (for second and third attempts). If a candidate fails the exam three times, they must wait six months to take their fourth attempt. After four failed attempts, candidates must provide evidence of completing acceptable preparation activities in order to be allowed to take the exam again. 

How can I practice the for the PTCB?

One of the best ways to practice for the PTCB test is by taking practice tests. Our free practice tests will challenge you in all subjects that are on the PTCB. Our free practice tests include answer explanations to help you learn as much material as possible.

What is on the PTCB?

The PTCB asks questions on the following categories - pharmacology, pharmacy law, sterile and non-sterile compounding, medication safety, pharmacy quality assurance, medication order entry, pharmacy inventory management, pharmacy billing and reimbursement, and pharmacy information systems usage.

What is the PTCB?

The PTCB stands for Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. The exam was designed to assess whether individuals have the knowledge necessary to work as pharmacy technicians.

Last Update: 1/20/2022


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