Becoming a certified pharmacy technician is a huge milestone. It marks the end of late-night college study sessions and the beginning of a rewarding pharmacy career. But before you can call yourself a CPhT, you’ll need to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam. While the PTCB will be challenging, the right test prep makes all the difference. This guide gives you everything you need to be test-day ready, including a detailed breakdown of the exam’s format (updated for 2020), effective study tips, practice exam reccomendations, and test-taking advice from a certified pharmacy tech.
FAQs About the PTCB Exam
What to Expect Before Test Day
Understanding the PTCB exam before test day is incredibly important. Knowing how long the test takes to complete will help you time your practice tests to ensure you answer questions with plenty of time to spare. Remember, there are 2020 updates to the exam, so what you expected last year might not be the same right now. Here’s what you need to know.
The Four Knowledge Domains of the PTCB Exam
The PTCB exam will test your knowledge in four different areas, officially called knowledge domains. Let’s take a deeper look at what you can expect from each knowledge domain and how much they’ll contribute to your total score.
8 Test-Prep Tips for the PTCB Exam
The PTCB exam can be tough and being prepared is the key to success. As with any other important exam, studying before the big day can make a big difference in your final score. Follow these study tips to make sure you feel confident once exam day arrives.
Best PTCB Practice Exams for the 2020 Updates
The following list of PTCB practice tests and questions can help you master the PTCB exam’s new format in 2020. You’ll get a great idea of what to expect on test day, including questions from previous tests, a
* There are very few practice tests and study guides that have incorporated the new 2020 changes. This list will be updated with more practice exams and study guides as they become updated.
PTCB Exam Tips & Advice from a Certified Pharmacy Tech
Sadie Black, a certified and licensed pharmacy technician, passed her PTCB exam on the very first try. Here are her tips on how she did it and how you can follow her lead to ace the test and become a licensed CPhT.
Additional Resources for the PTCB Exam
- ASHP: Technician Program Accreditation
Those seeking an accredited program on pharmacy technician work that meets the PTCB standards can look to this agency for help.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Pharmacy Technicians
This U.S. government website goes in-depth on pharmacy technician job descriptions, employment, and more.
- Manual for Pharmacy Technicians, 5th Edition
This is one of the many books out there that focus on what pharmacy technicians need to know. Reading through the book cover to cover can provide a good refresher before the test.
- National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
Visit this site for more information on pharmacy regulations and safety.
- Pearson VUE
Those looking for a test center at which to take the PTCB can find the information they need here.
- PTCB Candidate Guidebook
Provides even more in-depth information on the exam itself, including what to expect from the four knowledge domains.
- PTCB CPhT Certification Renewal
Learn about the requirements and process for renewing your pharmacy technician certification.
- PTCB State Regulations and Map
To get the most up-to-date information on which states require certification, this is the place.
- PTCE Content Outline
This guide to what to expect from the four knowledge domains is an excellent way to ensure you’re familiar with the material covered on the exam.