Give yourself the upperhand on the exam by taking advantage of these practice tests
These practice tests will not only give you experience on taking the exams, but they give you a great idea of the content that you will need to know for the exams prior to investing your money on the actual exam.
The PTCB stands for Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. This is the board that certifies pharmacy technicians after they take and pass the PTCE (Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam).
Of course this board is full of governor’s, certified council’s, directors, CEOs, and a host of other “fancy smancy” people with PhD’s, yada yada yada. But don’t let that intimidate you, this exam is not as hard as it seems.
Plus, the good folks over at PTCB are very available, they even have a contact phone number, which is pretty cool.
Just so you know they’re constantly updating the PTCE. One important update is that by the year 2020 the board will require new candidates to complete in ASHP accredited education program.
Now, what does this mean for you? If you get your certification before the year 2020 you won’t have to worry about this.
However, if you get your certification after this rule goes into effect it’s good that you know about PharmacyTechLessons.com because we will offer you accreditation at a super low cost, we believe in affordable education for all.
Anyway, you can enjoy and get more details on updates the PTCB is making from this press release.
Okay so enough about the PTCB let’s talk about the actual exam (PTCE)
If you’re wondering if you will have to recertify later the answer is yes.
The recertification cycle is every two years. And honestly recertifying can get a little frustrating if you don’t know what you’re doing (CE’s, etc.), more on that later….HOW DO I APPLY TO TAKE THE PTCB EXAM?
The troublesome topics that are covered on the PTCB exam are pharmacy math, pharmacology, and Pharmacy law.
But check out this full list below of topics covered on the PTCB exam:
So the awesome thing about taking the PTCB exam is you can pick the date that you would like to take the test. In the midst of family life, shopping, and hobbies with friends this is a great feature and highly convenient.
One issue that dozens of students run into is they either schedule the test too soon, or they don’t have a plan and prolong their scheduling date. Either case is a goal killer and let me show you why:
”I’ve scheduled to take the PTCB exam in two weeks, and I don’t know what to study.”
So obviously this student has scheduled to take the test way to prematurely, and we know this will lead too so much anxiety and unsureness the usual results of this student is a fail on the exam.
“I’ve studied 4 books, and I’m still studying… I’m thinking about taking the exam and three months”
Overtime this student usually procrastinates by prolonging when they will schedule to take the test and this is usually because they are not absolutely sure if they are prepared to take the exam and pass.
The usual results of this student is taking months of continuous heart study on the exam, and never really knowing when they are ready which results in unsure earnest.
This method becomes a gamble because if in fact they did waste all of that time studying the wrong information this will result in a fail on the exam.
Now that you know this, make sure to choose your date wisely and with a good balance. Not too soon, not too late, but right in the middle.
So what happens if you need to reschedule? Get all those nippy details here.
Now if you didn’t know already you can pick where you take your PTCB exam. Of course you can’t pick to take it at your house!
but let’s talk about how you can pick your PTCB exam location.
I’ll use Houston Texas for example, since that is where PharmacyTechLessons.com originated. If you live in Humble Texas, then you wouldn’t choose to take your exam in Katy or even downtown Houston.
Why? Because you may be adding extra commute time when there may be a testing center right down the street from your house.
Wanna find out how?
It’s easy, just check the PTCB test locations on Pearson Vue. Google it with respect to where you live. Choose the one with the least commute time.
Take it from me, you don’t want to have a commute time of 45 minutes right before you take a test. Unless you have to of course!
And in the event that you have to, just make sure you’re properly prepared, you have everything you need to bring to the test, avoid traffic…
And please please please, have a good Dependable GPS!
Not knocking Siri, but sometimes she loses touch.Sometimes she might get you there in 10 minutes and then there are those times when what should have taken 10 minutes will take 45 minutes after you go the long way.
Personally, I like the Waze app.
Anyway, let’s talk about what you need to bring to the test.
Now this is where things can get it really strict…
You can’t bring your personal items and to take the test. Obviously you might be able to guess:
Cell phones? Not allowed.
Children? Not allowed.
Calculator? Not allowed.
Purse? Not allowed.
Visitors? Not allowed.
Your grandma Sally that makes great potato pie… Not allowed.
You can’t even chew gum, technically.
So what can you bring?
Medical devices and medicine.
And make sure you bring your driver’s license, for the sake of your identity verification.
You can get the rest of do’s and dont’s here.
No worries, there will be a SUPER BASIC calculator and scratch paper and pen waiting on you at the testing center. Whew!
The odds of you passing the PTCB exam is roughly 50%.
According to PTCB.org the passing rate of the PTCE has gone down 18% in the last 3 years.
This means either one of two things, people are getting dumber……. Or the test is getting harder.
I’ll bet it’s the second one. Only since Elon Musk just designed a new, faster, better Tesla.
The real question is do you have the right information?
The next question is how sure are you that you are prepared?
As long as you have the right information and you have studied your program correctly you’re in the right shape.
Honestly the answer is the test is not that hard Wendy’s concerns are taken care of.
If they aren’t the exam will be a nightmare.
The PTCB exam is what you make it. No really.
Check out this PTCB Study Guide for a no fluff study tool!
With the right work ethic and right information, even a total newbie will not take over three months to study for the exam.
In total newbie I mean absolutely knows nothing about college algebra.
On average, our students take one to two months, and students who have failed the test prior range from a couple of weeks 2 one month.
Which is why we give our students the option of in a rolling and using our program for a low monthly fee versus pain $5,000 for a six-month to one-year program.
Ugh! Too much money and too much time… Yuck!
All in all it depends on you, but either way you have options to take advantage of.
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