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Admission Test Info

 

Admission Test Information
Students applying to allopathic or osteopathic medical school are required to take the MCAT exam. Students applying to dental programs are required to take the DAT, and applicants to optometry programs take the OAT. The MCAT, DAT, and OAT are lengthy, standardized, comprehensive exams similar in structure to the SAT but much more specific in content. These exams test students' knowledge of biological and physical sciences as well as verbal reasoning and writing skills. Exams are usually taken by students in the spring of their junior year (or their senior year if they plan to take a year off after graduation) and should be taken only if the student has completed or is within a month of completing the premed curriculum. Students applying for Physician Assistant and Physical Therapy programs are required to take the GRE, a more general exam similar to the SAT in structure and content. Pharmacy students take the PCAT.  Registration and general information can be found at the respective websites.

 


TESTS

REGISTRATION DEADLINES

DAT

Dental applicants take a computerized DAT at a Sylvan Testing Center. Though the computerized DAT can be taken at the student's convenience, it is recommended that applicants take the DAT in the spring of their junior year (or the spring of the senior year if you plan to take a year off after graduation). Click here for a statement regarding the timing of the DAT. 

GRE

Students applying for Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy programs are required to take the GRE, a more general exam similar to the SAT in structure and content.

MCAT

Computerized MCAT Exam Registration and Scheduling - Online registration for each of the 22 testing dates will usually open six months before a scheduled test date. Thomson Prometric will reserve seats for MCAT examinees until 60 days before each testing date. Typically, if registration is completed 60 or more days prior to the exam date, an examinee is guaranteed a seat at a site within 100 miles of their requested site. However, there is no assurance for an examinee who registers less than 60 days prior to the exam. Early registration is encouraged to guarantee a test site in your desired city.
There are additional MCAT exams offered through September but these exams are generally used as a makeup exam for students who score poorly on an earlier exam. It is not advisable to wait until August to take the MCAT for the first time. In addition it will be difficult to make informed medical school selections on the AMCAS application without an MCAT score. Examinees may take the MCAT a maximum of three times per year, but can only register for one exam at a time.

OAT

The Optometry Admission Test (OAT) is offered in a computerized format. Testing is available year round. Scores are received immediately after completion of the test. Schools receive official scores within two weeks. It is recommended that applicants take the OAT no later than the end of June of their junior year (or their senior year if they plan to take a year off after graduation)

PCAT

Students applying to Pharmacy school are required to take the PCAT.

 

Testing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
The web pages below provide information about the process for requesting accommodations. Be sure to read the information carefully. Start the process early. Extensive documentation is required and it may take a very long time to go through the approval process. Do not assume that documentation you have provided to the ACCESS office will be enough. You may be asked for more current documentation. You must show that your disability substantially impacts your ability to take the test and the accommodation is directly related to the disability.


- MCAT: Medical College Admissions Test : Examinees with Disabilities
- DAT: Dental Admission Test Click on the DAT Examinee Guide and go to Special Accommodations
- OAT: 

  • Go to http://www.opted.org
  • Click on " OAT Registration”
  • Then "Examinee Guide"