Entrance Exams

Achieving a competitive score on your entrance exam shows preparation for your future career and is an important step in your professional journey.

Begin preparing for your entrance exams by truly learning the material from your related courses, not just studying for the next exam. Take thorough and clear course notes in your pre-requisite courses, and save them, along with your textbooks.  Form study groups with peers with similar educational aspirations. Plan your course of study so that you will complete all of your prerequisite courses with four to six months to study before you take your exam.

The DAT is administered year-round at prometric test centers in the U.S. and Canada. The DAT is comprised of multiple-choice test items consisting of a battery of four tests: 1. Survey of the Natural Sciences, 2. Perceptual Ability, 3. Reading Comprehension, and 4.Quantitative Reasoning. The DAT should be scheduled only after all pre-requisite courses are successfully completed and the applicant has had 4-6 months to study. If the resulting date would be later than June, then deferral to the next year is highly recommended. Applicants cannot sit for the exam any later than July and receive a committee letter that cycle.

DAT Resources

The MCAT® is offered on set dates from January through September, except February. The MCAT® has four test sections: 1. Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, 2. Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, 3. Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior, and 4. Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills. The MCAT should be scheduled only after all pre-requisite courses are successfully completed and the applicant has had 4-6 months to study. If the resulting date would be later than May, then deferral to the next year is highly recommended. Applicants cannot sit for the exam any later than June and receive a committee letter that cycle.

MCAT® Resources

The Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) is administered year round by Prometric test centers in the U.S. and Canada. The OAT is comprised of multiple-choice test items and consists of a battery of four tests: 1. Survey of the Natural Sciences; 2. Physics; 3. Reading Comprehension; and 4. Quantitative Reasoning. The OAT should be scheduled only after all pre-requisite courses are successfully completed and the applicant has had 4-6 months to study. If the resulting date would be later than August, then deferral to the next year is highly recommended.

OAT Resources

ASCO OAT Test Prep Resources

OAT 2020 Candidate Guide

Optometry Admissions Test (OAT)

The GRE General Test is administered year round and is available at more than 1,000 test centers in more than 160 countries.  The GRE is consists of a battery of three tests: 1. Verbal Reasoning; 2. Quantitative Reasoning; and 3. Analytical Writing. The GRE should be scheduled only after all pre-requisite courses are successfully completed and the applicant has had 2-3 months to study. If the resulting date would be later than the launch date of your program’s centralized application, then deferral to the next year is highly recommended.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

  • Take the exam only after you have finished all the required courses for the test, and have taken ample to study.
  • Taken the exam when you feel prepared! The single biggest mistake that students make is taking their entrance exam before they are fully prepared. It’s better to delay your test and, if necessary, defer your application for a year, than to get a non-competitive score. For most programs, schools will have access to all of your exam scores.
  • Plan to take the exam early enough so that you can get your score before it’s time to submit your application. (MCAT +1 month; DAT and OAT same day; GRE varies).
  • Apply only when you have a competitive score for admission!