Although preparation begins when one enters college through course choices that provide foundational knowledge and support the development of reading, analytical, and test-taking skills, we strongly recommend that you allow sufficient time to prepare adequately for standardized tests.
Applicants are encouraged to defer taking the MCAT, DAT, OAT, PA-CAT, and PCAT until they have completed all of the recommended core science courses. Taking these examinations prior to the completion of the coursework on a “try-out” basis is strongly discouraged and rarely fulfills any useful purpose. These skills cannot be developed overnight. It is essential to carefully plan your studying for these tests by first identifying the broad areas that need to be strengthened and then organizing your time appropriately.
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
For Medical, Podiatry, and Physician Assistant School Applicants
The MCAT includes four sections:
- Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
- Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
- Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
- Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
We recommend applicants incorporate the following courses, in addition to the traditional premedical curriculum, into their curricula at some point before taking the exam:
- A course in Statistics – MA 113, 115, 116, 213, 214, EC 305, NE 212, or PS 211.
- An introductory course in Psychology – PS 101 for students without a strong background in Psychology or PS 261 for students with a strong background in Psychology.
- An introductory course in Sociology – SO 100 or SO 215
There are several resources published by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), http://www.aamc.org, that can help you prepare for the MCAT.
- Prepare for the MCAT Exam
- The Official Guide to the MCAT Exam
- MCAT Practice Test
- Official MCAT Question Packs
- Khan Academy
- Register for the MCAT Exam
- MCAT Test Day and Security
- MCAT Scores
- MCAT FAQ
- The MCAT Essentials
It is important that individuals authorize the forwarding of the MCAT results to the Preprofessional Advising Office for their inclusion in the applicant’s file.
Computer Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics (CASPer)
A situational judgement test (SJT) that “assesses applicants for non-academic attributes or people skills,” which is required by some health profession schools.
Dental Admission Test
For Dental School Applicants
- Apply to take the DAT
- Test Preparation
- DAT Score Information
- DAT Newsletters and Resources
- DAT Test Construction and Contact Information
- DAT Partial Fee Waiver Information
- DAT Program Guide
Register for DENTPIN:
The DENTPIN (DENTal Personal Identifier Number) is a unique personal identifier for applicants and students involved with the U.S. dental education system and standardized testing programs.
You must register or retrieve a DENTPIN from www.ada.org and use it to proceed with your application to a dental education program or application service, your application to test, or your score report request.
It is important that individuals authorize the forwarding of the DAT results to the Preprofessional Advising Office for their inclusion in the applicant’s file.
Graduate Record Examination
For Veterinary and Nursing School Applicants (and other graduate programs)
Optometry Admission Test
For Optometry School Applicants
- OAT PIN
- OAT Guide
- Apply to Take the OAT
- OAT Test Preparation
- Take the OAT at Prometric
- OAT Score and Audit Information
- OAT Newsletters and Resources
- OAT Test Security
Register for a Personal Identification Number for the OAT:
The PIN (Personal Identification Number) is a unique personal identification for examinees who wish to take or have taken the Optometry Admission Test.
You must retrieve or register for a PIN from www.ada.org/en/oat/pin and use it to apply to test or request a score report.
Physician Assistant College Admissions Test (PA-CAT)
For Physician Assistant School Applicants
Beginning in 2020, applicants to Physician Assistant schools will be able to take an optional PA-CAT (it is estimated that about 30 PA programs will participate). Other PA programs may continue to require the GRE until the PA-CAT is fully adopted.
Pharmacy College Admissions Test
For Pharmacy School Applicants
- About the PCAT
- Register and Schedule
- Test Day
- Scoring and Reporting
- Practice Test and Study Guide Brochure
- Candidate Information Booklet
- Fee Schedule