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All information and our test prep has been revised to reflect 2020 PTCB® revisions.
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board® uses this test, which is actually called the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam® (PTCE®), as one of the four requirements for certification as a pharmacy technician. The test was designed as a result of a job analysis study conducted by the PTCB® that determined the knowledge and skills needed to work as a pharmacy technician. It is also revised periodically based on input from pharmacy professionals. One such revision culminated and went into effect on January 1, 2020. Eligibility for the exam was also amended at that time. For information on this, please see the section on Eligibility below.
The 2020 edition of the PTCB Exam poses 90 questions about four “knowledge domains” (as opposed to nine domains in the old test) in the area of pharmacy. Below is a list of these domains and the approximate percentage of questions on the actual test that deal with each. You will notice that we have a corresponding section of practice questions and flashcards, as well as a study guide on each of these sections to help you prepare.
Of the 90 questions, only 80 will be scored. The additional 10 questions are not, but you will not know which questions they are.
Note: A few content areas from the old test are not covered anywhere on the new test. They include the entire section on “Billing and Reimbursement,” as well as scattered concepts previously contained in the sections that were called “Laws and Regulations,” “Medication Safety,” “Quality Assurance,” “Inventory Management,” and the sterile compounding portions of the old “Sterile and Non-Sterile Compounding” section in the old test. These concepts may now be addressed either in the new education and training requirement or by the new tests for advanced PTCB credentials. There are three new advanced credential programs:
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