Standardized Tests

Test Preparation

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.