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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!

Admissions Tests

Optometry Admission Test (OAT®)

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.

Resources:

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Graduate Record Exam (GRE®)

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).

Resources:

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Medical College Admission Test ® (MCAT®)

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. It is important to note that the MCAT exam itself is currently undergoing changes and that the new exam will be launched in 2015.

Review the official site for MCAT test information on both the existing exam and the upcoming changes.

Resources:

AAMC website for MCAT information

MCAT 2015

MCAT 2015 Preview Guide (download)

Dental Admission Test (DAT®)

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.

Resources:

Dental Admission Test

Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT®)

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.

Resources:

Pharmacy College Admission Test