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1 Preparing for Entrance Exams in Health Sciences Explore Center Love South

2 Entrance Exam Different exams –Science based –General critical thinking and analytical ability –Timed, standardized, multiple-choice Science based exams ( MCAT/OAT/DAT/PCAT) –Designed to assess problem solving, critical thinking, and writing skills Content areas can represent a combination of the subjects –Biological Sciences –Physical Sciences (not just physics) –Reading Comprehension/Verbal Reasoning –Writing –Perceptual Ability (DAT)

3 Preparing for the Exam Complete all content related course work for exam –Program prerequisites may not be same as EXAM prerequisites Review materials will not teach the information if you do not already have it –Examples PCAT requires 2 semesters of organic chemistry MCAT has cell structure and physiology DAT has cell structure/biology, math Review topic guides and information materials to assess if all material has been covered –Examples

4 Preparing for the Exam Full-Length Practice Test –Assess what you know –Understand testing format Learning style –Individual v. Commercial Practice –Content –Timed conditions –Exam format (computer vs. paper/pencil)

5 General Exam Details Registration on line Timing –Generally 1 year in advance of matriculation –Set dates (PCAT, MCAT) –Flexible scheduling (DAT, OAT) –Consider potential exam repeat – policies differ when you can sit for another exam

6 General Exam Details Fees –Range by exam –Good for single setting –Good for specific # of score releases also called Official Score Transcripts or Official Score Reports Release scores –Centralized application (MCAT – allopathic; request release to AACOM, CASPA, VMCAS, or other services that accept MCAT) –Schools through centralized application (DAT, OAT, PCAT) –Schools specifically (PCAT if not participating in PharmCAS) –Advisers

7 Break Down Specific Exam Details Survey of attendees Who will be taking –MCAT? –PCAT? –DAT? –OAT?

8 MCAT

9 MCAT Exam Details Required for almost all U.S. medical schools –Check school specific information Searchable MSAR guide available through AAMC ½ day, multiple choice exam 3 content areas (scored 1-15 with 45 composite maximum) –Verbal Reasoning, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences Writing Sample (scored J-T)

10 MCAT Exam Details continued Requires at least –1 year each - general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics –College level reading and writing across curriculum AAMC Website – great prep information –On-line practice exams –MCAT Essentials – the official MCAT exam policy guide as PDF on website –The Official Guide to the MCAT Exam –http://www.aamc.org/studentshttp://www.aamc.org/students

11 MCAT Exam Details continued Test Dates –25 sessions in 2013 Morning, afternoon, double administrations –Computer Based Test Take up to 3 times per year –Only one registration open at a time Fees –$270 Scores reported in approx days

12 MCAT 2015 Essential information –Completely new MCAT –AVOID THE RUMOR MILL –Use as a resource for learning more about itwww.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/mcat2015/ Preview Guide available Videos with more information Timeline for the new test roll out BIOC will be required for this MCAT

13 PCAT

14 PCAT Exam Details Not required for all schools –Check school specific information Table 9 on PSAR guide on AACP website /Pages/PSAR.aspx ½ day, multiple choice exam 5 content areas (48 questions each – 40 are scored and 8 are experimental) –Verbal Ability, Biology, Quantitative Ability, Chemistry, Reading Comprehension –( per subset; 400 average) 1 writing section (scored ) –Conventions of language and problem solving skills

15 PCAT Exam Details continued Requires at least –1 year general biology Includes topics in microbiology, genetics, anatomy and physiology –1 year general chemistry –1 semester organic chemistry (2 strongly recommended) Includes basic BIOC processes –1 semester calculus Main Website - Candidate Information Booklet (CIB) Practice Exam available at main website –Examinees who took the Official PCAT Practice Test scored higher on actual PCAT (per AACP)

16 PCAT Exam Details continued Test Dates –Offered 9 times a cycle July (2 dates), September (5 dates), January (2 dates) When you take exam depends on course work and last one accepted by schools Fee (includes 3 score releases) –$199 Unofficial score of multiple choice sections available at time of exam Official M/C and Essays still scored by Pearson (within 6 weeks from day of test) Request official scores to individual schools (if not PharmCAS) or schools through PharmCAS

17 DAT

18 DAT Exam Details Required by all U.S. dental schools ½ day (5 hours), multiple choice exam Requires at least 1 year of general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry ADA Website DAT Guide online has content and test information DAT Sample Test Items Practice test available

19 DAT Exam Details continued 4 content areas (score range 1-30; 17 average) –Natural sciences (biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry) (100 questions - 40, 30, 30 respectively) –Perceptual ability (two- and three-dimensional problem solving (90 questions) –Reading comprehension (science based) (50 questions) –Quantitative Reasoning (mathematical problems in algebra, numerical calculations, conversions, etc.) (40 questions) Take as much biology and chemistry content as possible before the exam Physics is required for dental school, not the DAT

20 DAT Exam Details continued Computer based exam Examinees who have attended three or more tests must apply for special permission to retest No set testing dates –90 day wait period for re-examination Fee - $360 –Releases scores to all selected on application To register for exam, must first request DENTPIN –DENTal Personal Identifier Number –http://www.ada.org/prof/ed/testing/dentpin/index.asphttp://www.ada.org/prof/ed/testing/dentpin/index.asp

21 OAT

22 OAT Exam Details Required by all U.S. optometry schools ½ day, multiple choice exam Requires at least 1 year of general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, college level math ASCO Website https://www.ada.org/oat/index.html

23 OAT Exam Details continued 4 content areas (scored per section; 300 average) –Natural sciences (biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry) (100 questions – 40, 30, 30 respectively) –Reading comprehension (science based) (40 questions) –Physics (40 questions) –Quantitative Reasoning (40 questions

24 OAT Exam Details continued Computer based exam No set testing dates No limit on # of times taking exam –90 day wait period for re-examination Fee –$226

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