Graduate Record Exam (GRE®)

The GRE General Test features question types that closely reflect the kind of thinking you'll do in your professional health program:

  • Verbal Reasoning - Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained form it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.
  • Quantitative Reasoning - Measures problem-solving ability using basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis.
  • Analytical Writing - Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.

Learn more about the content and structure of the GRE® General Test from Educational Testing Services (ETS). Also you can find information about GRE® registration, test centers and dates through the ETS GRE® website.

GRE® Preparation Resources

The GRE® website provides a variety of free and low-cost tools to help you prepare. Including:

  • POWERPREP Online: Preparation for the Computer-delivered GRE®
  • Practice Book for the Paper-delivered GRE®
  • Math Review
  • Instructional Videos on the Khan Academy Website: Preparation for the GRE® Quantitative Reasoning Measure
  • Math Conventions
  • GRE® Diagnostic Service
  • The Official Guide to the GRE® General Test, Third Edition

Learn about these resources on ETS' Prepare for the GRE® General Test website.

Dental Admissions Test (DAT)

The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is required for admission to all dental schools. The DAT is conducted by the American Dental Association (ADA) and is designed to measure general academic ability, comprehension of scientific information, and perceptual ability. The DAT is administered year round at test centers operated by Prometric Test Centers.

The DAT is a four-part multiple choice test that measures:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Quantitative reasoning
  • Perceptual ability
  • Aptitude in science disciplines (biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry).

DAT Preparation Resources

The best study plan is one that is tailored to your personal learning style and schedule. To understand the content of the DAT for which to prepare, review the DAT Guide.

The ADA offers a DAT Practice Test with the intent to help candidates understand the types of questiosn that will be asked on the DAT.

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required for admission to US medical schools. The MCAT is a multiple-choice exam administered multiple times in the year at test sites in the US, Canada, and around the world. Many schools do not accept MCAT exam scores that are more than three years old. The MCAT is an extremely important factor for medical school admission. What are considered “competitive” MCAT scores vary among schools and with applicant populations, therefore, it is important to consult the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) for up-to-date school-specific information. You can find the MCAT Testing Calendar and Score Release Dates online.

MCAT Preparation Resources

The best study plan is one that is tailored to your personal learning style and schedule. To that end, AAMC provides a five-step guide, developed by the MCAT team at the AAMC, to help you create your own study plan.

AAMC also encourages you to prepare fore the MCAT exam with official test prep resources written by the test developers at the AAMC. These resources are centrally organized on the AAMC Parepare for the MCAT Exam website. Two of these resources are free:

  • What's on the MCAT Exam? Learn about the exam with this free online tool. Explore the four exam sections to learn more about what is tested by reading content lists, watching videos, seeing how questions test skills, and more.
  • Khan Acadmy MCAT Collection. The collection of over 1,100 free videos and 3,000 review questions was created by Khan Academy with support from the AAMC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Optometry Admissions Test (OAT)

The Optometry Admission Test (OAT) is required for admission to all US schools and colleges of optometry. The OAT measures general academic ability and comprehension of scientific information. The OAT is comprised of four subtests: Survey of the Natural Sciences, Reading Comprehension, Physics, and Quantitative Reasoning. The OAT exam is computerized and examinees are permitted to take the OAT an unlimited number of times per year but must wait at least 90 days between testing dates. There are practice questions for the OAT online.

Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)

The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is required by approximately 85% of U.S. colleges and schools of pharmacy. The six content areas measured by the PCAT include: verbal ability, biology, reading comprehension, quantitative ability, chemistry, and a written essay. Please refer to individual program requirements in the PSAT for any required alternate standardized tests. 

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