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Online Resources

Easy-to-access information

There are several great resources online to help you find out more about pursuing a future in a health-related field. We have gathered useful links for staying on track for graduation, researching careers and more.

Standardized testing information

So many acronyms, so little time

You may recognize some of the acronyms below as tests you could have to take in order to get in to a professional school. Below you can see what type of test it is, information about style of the test and how it is scored. 

MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)

  • Standardized, multiple-choice exam.
  • Designed to assess problem solving, critical thinking, reading comprehension, and reasoning skills.
  • Assesses knowledge of science concepts and principles important to the study of medicine.
  • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems (118-132), Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems (118-132), Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior (118-132), Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (118-132).
  • Learn more on the AAMC website.

PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test)

  • Standardized, multiple-choice exam.
  • Measures general academic ability and scientific knowledge for pharmacy.
  • Writing, Biological Processes, Chemical Processes, Critical Reading, and Quantitative Reasoning.
  • Scored from 200-600 with averages between 340-460.
  • Learn more about the PCAT.

DAT (Dental Admission Test)

  • Standardized, multiple-choice exam.
  • Designed to measure general academic ability, science comprehension, and perceptual ability.
  • Survey of natural sciences, perceptual ability, reading comprehension, and quantitative reasoning.
  • Scored from 1-30 with 17 being average.
  • Academic Average (AA) and Perceptual Ability Test (PAT) scored separately.
  • Learn more about the DAT.

OAT (Optometry Admission Test)

  • Standardized, multiple-choice exam.
  • Designed to measure general academic ability and comprehension of scientific information.
  • Survey of the natural sciences, reading comprehension, physics, and quantitative reasoning.
  • Scored from 200-400 with 300 being average.
  • Learn more about the OAT.

GRE (Graduate Record Exam)

  • Standardized, multiple-choice exam.
  • Designed to assess problem solving, critical thinking, and writing skills.
  • Verbal Reasoning (130-170), Quantitative Reasoning(130-170), and Analytical Writing(0-6).
  • Learn more about the GRE.

Academic planning & Suggested timelines

Helping you stay on track

Staying on the path to graduation is important if you plan to go to professional school. We have complied academic planning sheets for each pre-professional program with suggestions for classes, timelines and more.

Entrance Exam Preparatory Resources

Links to the tests and their fee waiver programs:

Test prep companies: Check their websites for free resources!*

Additionally, Khan Academy has lots of free resources. They are designed for the MCAT, but content may be valuable for parts of the DAT, OAT, and PCAT.

*The Health Careers Center is not endorsing any of these programs - only providing a list of resources available.

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