Admissions tests are often a requirement for application to different health professional programs. There is not one standard test that reaches across all professions. Some professional programs require specific exams, while others will require a general exam or none at all.
Use the lists below to learn about the different kinds of admissions tests, strategies for test-preparation, and more!
Optometry Admission Test (OAT)
The Optometry Admission Test (OAT) is a required exam in a student's application to optometry school in the United States. It is sponsored by the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) and is a computerized, standard exam.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
The GRE is a standardized, computer-based test used by many graduate school programs throughout the United States as part of the application process. It is administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS).
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
Known as the "MCAT" (pronounced as "em cat"), this is the standardized test used by the majority of medical schools to measure a student's ability to problem solve and think critically, while testing their knowledge of scientific principles and concepts important to the field of medicine. The test is provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and is widely recognized in the industry.
The test is a multi-hour exam, taken via computer at select testing centers. Students often spend months preparing for the exam.
Resources for You
- Review the official site for MCAT test information, including a variety of test preparation resources, MCAT registration, and test-day information.
- Check out our Goldy's Guide to the MCAT here. This is a helpful tool that lists recommended courses that will fulfill most medical school prerequisites while helping you prepare for the MCAT.
Dental Admission Test (DAT)
The Dental Admission Test is an important part of a prospective dental student's application to dental school. The test itslef is a computer-based, standardized test administered at designated testing centers throughout the country.
Look at the resources link for more information.
Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
The Pharmacy College Admission Test is a computer-based, standardized test for prospective pharmacy students, measuring academic ability and scientific knowledge required for pharmacy school. Testing dates are set in advance each year. Read more at the resources link below for information on the PCAT.
CASPer is an online screening tool designed to evaluate key personal and professional characteristics that make for more successful students and graduates. If you are planning to apply to a health professional program, you may have noticed that one or several of your schools require you to complete this test. CASPer recommends finding a quiet place that has a strong internet connection to ensure the test goes smoothly. The Bio-Medical Library has a variety of study areas, such as the 4th floor pod spaces, that are great for test taking along with areas that can be reserved.