19-Feb-13 7:00 AM  CST

Updated Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam Study Tips

Passing the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) to become a certified technician can feel overwhelming for some individuals.  However, study time can be very productive and can lead to passing the test with flying colors.  Here are some tips to help you ace the test: 

1.  Summarization.  Read over chapters carefully and reread them a second time to grasp difficult concepts or medical terms.  Summarizing chapters in short-form or in an outline can help you digest much of what you need to learn. 

2.  Highlighting and Underlining.  If you plan to keep your pharmacy technician books consider highlighting and underlining terms for better understanding.  Use different colored highlighters to spotlight different sections of importance. 

3.  Study guides.  The “Certification Exam Review for the Pharmacy Technician, Second Edition,” by Mike Johnston is an excellent study guide which can be purchased at major booksellers, online, and on the NPTA web site offered at an affordable price. 

4.  Outlines.  Creating an outline of the material you need to cover can help you organize topics that will be covered on the test.  Outlines also give you a guide, similar to a class syllabus, of the topics that could pop up on the test. 

5.  Practice test.  More information about practice tests can be found by going to the PTCB web site https://app.testrac.com/ptcb/delivery/.  Studying from an approved mock test copy can give you a feel for what the test will look like and relieve some pre-test anxiety many students face when having to be timed and tested. 

Becoming a CphT is a rewarding milestone that will last a lifetime.  Sitting for the exam is an experience you will hopefully remember with fondness.  Are you about to take the PTCE or are you studying for the PTCE?  Share your thoughts and experiences with NPTA. 

1. Johnston, Mike.  “Certification Exam Review for the Pharmacy Technician, Second Edition.”  Pearson.  Print.  2011. 

2. PTCB Web site.  www.ptcb.org

3. Grohol, John, M.  “Two Important Strategies for Effective Studying.”  PsychCentral.  Print.  Date of access:  9 Feb 2013.

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Jennifer S. O'Reilly
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