What to study for the PTCB exam

by David
(Texas)

What to study for the PTCB exam?

What to study for the PTCB exam?

I have scheduled the PTCB test for next month. In your opinion, what is the most important thing to study for the test?




Reply: by Jerry

If you're in a program, or doing self-study from books, than this site is designed to mainly help you as an additional reference. In the final few weeks, My suggestion is to take as many of the FREE Practice tests until you ace them all.

The reason I say that is because there are unlimited different tests. The computer randomly throws together the questions when you go take the exam. So, you may get a test heavy in math, while another person taking the test at the same time gets lots of drug questions.

Also, read some of the comments below.

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Pharmacy Math
by: Jeff

I would say study the Math really well, the Top 200 drugs, drug classification and suffixes, basic pharmacology, law, etc. And, take as many practice quizzes and tests as you can. What book do you have?

Mosby's ?
by: Texas

I actually have several books, all from Paradigm. I just completed a Tech course at my local Community College, and was just wondering where to concentrate my studies. Math has been the toughest part for me. Any more resources you could recommend?

Jeff
by: Anonymous

I'm not familiar with Paradigm books. I used mostly Mosby's Pharm Tech review. I took a tech certificate class years ago and recently a review class. I think you have to concentrate on what I said overall; including the pharmacy math. Find as many free pharmacy tech practice exams as possible. If you can do the practice problems on here you should be good. The math I had on my test wasn't too difficult. Practice as much as you can every day.

Math tips and tricks
by: Martin

The level of math I've come across so far isn't too difficult if you focus on one essential part i.e. UNITS. if you make sure all units cancel out except for the ones you're looking for, you tend to get the numbers right as well. Happy studying.

Don't forget Alligation math (tic-tac-toe)
by: Kevin

just know how to do the majority of the problems like what formula to use; alligation, ratio/proportion, C1V1=C2V2, business math, etc. I thought the math on the exam was pretty straight forward.

What other math
by: Joey

So far I'm studying. Temp conversion.. Day supply problems, powder volume or what is the diluent. What's is the final concentration of the final solutions. Percent strength rate of infusion. Allegation math.... Anything else...??

Keep sharp on Math
by: Kevin

I passed it (PTCB), but haven't found work yet. I may take the ExCPT exam too so I'm still learning, studying and remembering, etc.. I would suggest just studying a little each day (averaging an hour-more or less) if you can. You should be fine to take it by the end of the year or early next year. It seems like you're almost ready.

Pharmacy Math
by: Anonymous

Study the math because 90% of my test was math! Know your calculations and formulas backwards and forwards. The second important thing to do is memorize the top 100 drugs and some basic information about them.

Just passed the test
by: Anonymous

I took the PTCB Saturday. The test was a little harder than I expected since I spent a majority of my time practicing alligations, flow rates ,drops/ml and there was not one of those type math problems. There were some math, but not a lot of it on my test. There were lots of drugs and what they do, what classification, what DEA Number controlled substance the drugs were, pharmacy rules, a question about the laminar hood, and it asked about chemo drugs (where to store the drugs freezer or fridge etc) Also, about insulin once you take out of fridge how long is it good for....28 days

I'd went to a 4 month certification course at my community college and used the Mosby's Review for Pharmacy Tech's. My class book was Paradigm Pharmacy Calculations for Techs and this website

Pharm Tech Schools vs Self Study
by: Brad

I studied for 3 solid months using Mosby's & Pharmacy Technician Exam by learning express. Only self study too. I highly recommend taking as many practice tests on this website. I passed my exam with flying colors the first time without ever stepping foot in a pharmacy class. My exam was heavy in math + law & generic/brand name questions. Study the math sections extremely well or you will not pass. Some of the questions are common sense. Good luck to everyone trying to get certified :)

Help please?
by: Anonymous

I'm having trouble studying for my PTCB Certifications test. Are there any ideas on what books to grab to study for it ?

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