How Do You Use the PTCB Study Guide to Successfully Pass the Test?


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To study for the PCTB, or Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, exam, get an exam test prep book and work through the practice problems. Take the sample tests in the prep book. If there is a specific area that requires more attention, such as math, obtain a book that focuses specifically on that area.

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The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam is a requirement for anyone wishing to become a certified pharmacy technician. It consists of 90 questions: 80 of which are scored and 10 that are not scored. Each question contains four possible answers, but only one is correct. The unscored questions are scattered throughout the test randomly. Only the 80 scored questions count toward the passing of the exam.

Test takers can expect to spend two hours on the exam. An hour and 50 minutes are spent taking the exam, and there is a 10 minute post-exam survey and tutorial. Nine domains are covered on the test with each accounting for a certain percentage of the overall score. Topics included in the domains include medication safety, billing and reimbursement, quality assurance, sterile compounding, medication order entry, and fill process and pharmacology. Potential technicians may take the exam up to four times. In some circumstances, a fifth opportunity to take the test is granted.

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