Taking Standardized Exams

The majority of graduate and professional schools require that you take a standardized examination to be admitted into their advanced degree programs. To learn which exam is required, please contact the school directly.

GRE - Graduate Record Examination
www.gre.org

MCAT - Medical College Admission Test
www.aamc.org

DAT - Dental Admission Test
www.ada.org/prof/ed/testing/dat/index.asp

PCAT - Pharmacy College Admissions Test
http://tpc-etesting.com/PCAT/

OAT - Optometry Admissions Test
http://www.opted.org/info_oat.cfm

Information about Health-related Standardized Examinations
Standardized exams are a fact of life. Preparing your application for any graduate level professional program will require a standardized exam as well. This site provides general information about standardized examinations for students interested in health-related careers.
http://pre-health.uchicago.edu/handbook/exams.html

Helpful Test Taking Hints

  • Look at the graduate and professional school requirements to see the types of standardized examinations that are required for that school. You might need to take more than one standardized examination.
  • Make sure you prepare to take the test. You should take practice exams and, if necessary, sign up for a course that provide you with adequate preparation.
  • Prior to the examination, take a simulated exam to see how well you perform within the given time frame allotted for the examination.
  • When considering taking the test, research the deadline dates for the examination and read all of the instructions completely. Be aware of registration and deadline dates as well as cancellation policies.
  • The following links may also be helpful:

    Educational Testing Service (ETS)
    www.ets.org

    Peterson's
    www.petersons.com

    The Princeton Review
    www.review.com

    Association of American Medical Colleges
    www.aamc.org

Sample Tests

MCAT
http://www.princetonreview.com/medical/testprep/testprep.asp?TPRPAGE=82&TYPE=MCAT

 

 
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