2023 Edition

PTCB - Pharmacy Tech Practice Test

Try our free Pharmacy Tech  Practice Exam below. Your results will be scored automatically and will display your strengths and weaknesses.

There are two ways to become a certified Pharmacy Technician – through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and through the National Healthcareer 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 Exam is 110 minutes long and consists of 90 questions arranged into four knowledge domains, including Medications, Federal Requirements, Patient Safety and Quality Assurance and Order Entry and Processing.  

Candidates taking the ExCPT are given two hours to answer 120 multiple choice questions. The test focuses on four general areas: Overview and Laws, Drugs and Drug Therapy, Dispensing Process and Medication Safety and Quality Assurance.

For complete practice of actual exam topics, check out the Pharmacy Technician Practice Exam Kit with 750 questions and fully explained answers, written by instructors in pharmacy technician studies, former FDA reviewers and subject matter experts in pharmacy.


Pharmacy Law and Regulation

1. Which of the following is used to report medication quality problems?
2. How many refills are allowed on CIII drugs?

Medication Order Entry, Interpretation and the Fill Process

3. A 60 day supply for a prescription for Colace 100 mg capsule taken bid should be filled with ___.
4. A PRN order is an order for a medication that is used on a(n) ________ basis in a hospital.

Pharmacology for Technicians

5. Pharmacy technicians can refer to the _______ Book to find out of if two drugs are equivalent.
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6. What is the nature of a drug idiosyncrasy?

Compounding Procedures and Safety

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


9. A physician order for a 120 mg dose of Gentamycin 40mg/mL should be filled with ______ of Gentamycin.
10. There are ______ ounces (oz.) in a pound (lb).

Anatomy and Physiology

11. Epilepsy is caused by excessive ______ activity within the brain.
12. Which age ranges defines a neonate?

Inventory Management and Quality Assurance

13. While working in a pharmacy, a technician can locate storage requirements for a particular drug in which resource?
14. Augmentin suspension should be _________ and it will last for ___________ days.

Medication Administration

15. The seven rights of medication include all of the following EXCEPT_______________.
16. After administering a drug, the time when the body first starts to respond to the medication is called:


17. A patient asks a pharmacy technician if it is okay to drink grapefruit juice every day while taking a Coumadin. A pharmacy technician should _______.
18. What should countertops in I.V. rooms be cleaned with?


19. Laminar flow hoods require ________ filters for use.
20. Which scales are sensitive enough to measure a 650 mg to 120 g?

Billing and Reimbursement

21. Medicare ___ provides prescription coverage.
22. What three components are needed to bill a pharmacy claim?

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:

- Medications
- Federal Regulations
- Patient Safety
- Quality Assurance
- Order Entry
- Order Processing

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

- Technician Duties
- Drug Products
- Dispensing Process