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Our Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam Practice Tests (PTCE) includes:
  • Work through five full-length pharmacy technician practice tests (including a diagnostic test), with detailed answers and explanations to every question
  • Practice tests prepare you to master the following content areas: medications, federal requirements, patient safety and quality, order entry and processing.
  • Learn where you want, when you want. Dynamic delivery means you can practice at your own pace for the Pharmacy Technician exams on your mobile device, tablet, or computer.

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What is the Pharmacy Technician Certification exam?

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) is an exam offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). By passing the exam, a pharmacy technician is considered certified, which is a requirement for employment in many states.

Who takes the Pharmacy Technician Certification exam?

Aspiring pharmacy technicians take the PTCE.

What is on the Pharmacy Technician exam?

The PTCE consists of 90 questions based on four domains, each one divided into sub-domains or knowledge areas. Each domain has a specific percentage of content allotted for questions on the exam.
  • Medications: components of medications, including over-the-counter (OTC) medications and herbal or dietary supplements – 40%
  • Federal requirements: important regulations and standards, including handling, storing, and disposing of hazardous substances – 12.5%
  • Patient safety and quality assurance: safety strategies,such as error-prone abbreviations and using tall man lettering. It also contains look-alike/sound-alike and high-alert or high-risk medications, and error event reporting procedures  – 26.25%
  • Order entry and processing: processes required when compounding non-sterile products, including calculations known as alligations. Also includes knowledge of lot numbers, expiration dates, understanding National Drug Code (NDC) numbers, and equipment – 21.25%

How is the Pharmacy Technician exam scored?

To pass the exam, you must earn a score of 1400 (within a range of possible scores of 1000-1600).
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