2021 Edition

Pharmacy Technician Certification Test

This Free Pharmacy Technician Certification Practice Test will give you an idea of the types of questions and sections on your actual exam.

Pharmacy Law and Regulation

1. The retail provisions of the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 require all of the following EXCEPT:
2. Which of the following is used to report medication quality problems?
3. A patient presents a prescription written for a CII drug that is written by a physician assistant. Can a pharmacy fill this prescription?

Medication Order Entry, Interpretation and the Fill Process

4. How many tablets would be needed to fill a prescription for a 90 day supply of Metform 500 mg with BID dosing?
5. A prescription for Methocarbamol 500mg is written for a quantity of 120 tablets. If the directions are written for 1 tab po qid, the days supply should be transcribed as ___ days.
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6. A prescription written for Novolog 70/30 with a note of IDDM should prompt the pharmacy technician to enter _______ as the patient's condition.

Pharmacology for Technicians

7. Pharmacy technicians can refer to the _______ Book to find out of if two drugs are equivalent.
8. Which of the following brand name products may have pseudoephedrine as an ingredient?
9. What is the study of the history and origin of drugs called?

Compounding Procedures and Safety

10. Which of the following defines a solvent?
11. Which of the following defines a solution?
12. Before, after, and throughout each shift, pharmacy technicians should wash their hands with an anti-microbial agent for at least _____.


13. A physician order for a 120 mg dose of Gentamycin 40mg/mL should be filled with ______ of Gentamycin.
14. How many units are in 1 mL of insulin?
15. A doctor's order for medication for a 75 pound patient was submitted to an inpatient pharmacy. The adult dose is 500 mg. What is the correct dose for a child?

Anatomy and Physiology

16. Which of the following is a primary organ associated with digestion?
17. The human heart is comprised of ____ chambers.
18. Drug permeability is generally better on the scalp and behind the ears than on the arm, legs and back. Why?

Inventory Management and Quality Assurance

19. A ______ resistant container helps protect contents from the effects of exposure to light, which can alter the medication, causing it to be ___________.
20. While working in a pharmacy, a technician can locate storage requirements for a particular drug in which of the following resources?
21. A repackaged blister of atenolol 25 mg will expire ___ after the date they were repacked or at the time of the expiration date on the bottle, whichever comes first.

Medication Administration

22. Which of the following would be an acceptable route for the delivery of parental nutrition for an NPO patient?
23. Which of the following is a disadvantage of taking medication through an oral route?
24. After administering a drug, the time when the body first starts to respond to the medication is called:


25. Pharmacy technicians can take phone orders for medication.
26. A patient presents to the counter and removes his shirt. He asks the pharmacy technician to look at the burn on his back, asking which over-the-counter cream he can use on it. The pharmacy technician should __________.
27. How many times is the cart-fill process completed during the course of a day?


28. An echocardiogram utilizes which of the following?
29. What should be used to mix ingredients?
30. A ______ should be used to measure volumes less than 1.5 mL.

Billing and Reimbursement

31. A pharmacy technician is using online billing to submit a claim to an insurance company for a refill. The insurer's website responds to the claim with a "refill too soon" rejection. What should the pharmacy technician do first?
32. A customer comes to the counter to pick up a prescription. The pharmacy technician will ask a certain number of questions. Which of the following is not part of the intake process?
33. What does PCN stand for?

Pharmacy Technician Practice Exam

Quality starts with who wrote the material.
Our practice exam writer
Lisa Thompson, RPht, CPht,
is an adjunct instructor in pharmacy technician studies at Barry University. She has been in the pharmacy industry for over 30 years and has been a reviewer for McGraw Hill and Elsevier in the field of pharmacy.

Domanique Culpepper, RPht, CPht,
is an instructor in pharmacy tech studies at Everest University and has worked as a pharmacy tech for over 10 years.. She is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Fabian Stone, CPht,
is an adjunct instructor in pharmacy studies at the University of North Georgia.

Bradley Gillespie, PharmD,
is a registered pharmacist and director of drug development for a company working with the NIH. He is widely published on the subject of pharmacology and is a former FDA pharmacology reviewer.

There are two ways to become certified—through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and through the National Healthcare Association (NHA). Check your state to see which form of certification is accepted. The PTCB and the NHA both require the taking of an exam prior to certification.   

The PTCE consists of 90 questions and is arranged into nine knowledge domains:

- Pharmacology
- Law and Regulation
- Sterile Compounding
- Order and Fill Process
- Medication Safety
- Quality Assurance
- Inventory Management
- Billing / Reimbursement
- Information Systems

The ExCPT has 120 multiple choice questions and focuses on three general areas:

- Technician Duties
- Drug Products
- Dispensing Process