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Official PTCB Practice Exam
If you are experiencing technical difficulties running a practice test, read the Troubleshooting FAQs.
FAQs: About the Test
PTCB offers the Official Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Practice Exam. They also offer the Official PTCB Calculations Practice Items app for your electronic devices. Visit the PTCB website for additional information.
The practice exam has 90 questions, which mimics the number of questions on the PTCE.
After you purchase your online exam for PTCB, you must complete it within 90 days. Once the exam is started, you will have a defined period of time to answer the questions on the exam. If you do not complete the exam within the 90-day window, it will expire and you will not be refunded the cost of the practice exam.
A count of how many items were answered correctly and incorrectly will be provided. The practice exam is not scored the same way as the PTCE; therefore, your result on the practice exam will not be interpretable against an official score report on the PTCE. Your performance on the Official PTCB Practice Exam in no way guarantees your performance on the PTCE.
No, there is currently only one version of the exam available. PTCB also offers the Official PTCB Calculations Practice Items app in the Apple App Store for your iOS and Android devices. More practice exams may be added in the future.
No, the practice exam contains a set of 90 questions that do not differ if the practice exam is purchased multiple times. The same 90 questions, which are presented in a random order, appear on all practice exams.
Maximum time to complete the practice exam is 110 minutes, which mimics the maximum amount of time allotted to complete the PTCE. After completing the exam, you will be given the opportunity to review and change your answers until the 110 minutes expire.
You may review your answers before submitting the practice exam for your results. All review must be done before time expires. Once you submit your exam, you will be able to access the solutions in the post-exam review.
Once you have finished your review, click End Review at the bottom-left corner of the review screen.
If time expires before you finish the practice exam, you will not have additional time to review or change your answers, but you will still have access to the solutions in the post-exam review.
Once you have submitted your responses, you will be able to review all questions and solutions or view solutions for specific questions.
Once you are on a question screen, you will see the Solution button in the upper-left corner of the screen. Click Solution and the solution material will open in a new window, allowing you to see which questions you answered correctly and incorrectly.
You will be given a maximum of 24 hours for the post-exam review within the 90-day delivery window. The 24-hour limit will only be deducted when you log into the post exam review screen. Exam takers can log out and resume the review at anytime until the full 24 hours are used.
Yes. In order to close the exam but still have access to the solutions within the 90-day delivery window, simply close your browser. If you attempt to exit the solutions by selecting End Review, a warning box will ask you to confirm that you are ready to end your access to this portion of the exam.
No, the practice exam is not scored. However, a count of how many items were correct will be provided once you submit the exam. Because the practice exam is not scored, your result on the practice exam will not be interpretable against an official score report on the PTCE. Your performance on the Official PTCB Practice Exam in no way guarantees your performance on the PTCE.
Since the practice exam is taken online instead of in a Pearson VUE Test Center, extra time is not needed. You can stop the exam at anytime during the exam session by closing your browser. This will stop the clock and you can resume the exam when you are ready as long as it is within 90 days after the exam was purchased and the exam time has not run out.
Purchasing an online exam
Yes. PTCB’s practice exam is delivered via the internet to any computer meeting system requirements. PTCB’s certification exams are delivered at Pearson Professional Centers. This difference of exam type makes it necessary for separate profiles in the Pearson VUE system.
|Internet browsers||Internet Explorer IE11
Edge, Firefox, Safari and Chrome current version
|Mobile devices||iOS and Android devices are not supported.|
|Network connection||Pearson VUE strongly recommends using a wired network rather than a wireless network, since a wired network provides better exam delivery performance.|
|Internet connection||Broadband (DSL, cable, or LAN/WLAN): 1 Mbps up/down minimum
Dial-up Internet connections are not supported.
|Browser settings||Internet cookies must be enabled.
The Official PTCB Practice Exam must be taken online and is not available at Pearson VUE Test Centers.
We recommend you create a profile at least 2 days prior to when you would like to take your online exam. Creating your account in advance of taking the exam will help reduce delays.
The purchase process is easy. Follow these steps:
- Click the Sign in button at the top of the page.
- On the sign-in page:
- IF you have never taken the PTCB Practice Exams with Pearson VUE, click on "Create a Web Account"
- IF • IF you have taken the PTCB Practice Exams with Pearson VUE before, enter your username and password.
- IF you can’t remember your username or password, you can reset it by clicking on the appropriate"I forgot my _________" link.
- Select your exam.
- Submit your payment.
- A "Begin exam" button will then be displayed. Click on the button to start the exam.
Pearson VUE accepts credit cards and vouchers.
Yes. You can cancel the exam and receive a refund as long as: (a) you have not started it and (b) the delivery period has not expired.
Taking an online exam
After you have purchased your online exam, you will be presented with a Begin exam button. Once you press the button, your exam session will start.
Yes. The exam clock will stop by closing the web browser. You can resume your exam as long as it is within the delivery period and the exam time has not expired.
To resume the exam, follow these steps:
- Click the Sign in button at the top of the page.
- Enter your username and password.
- Select the exam under “Open Online Exams.”
- Click Resume Exam.
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