Admissions Tests

General Information

You should plan on taking the MCAT/DAT/GRE only once and only after seriously preparing for the test.  Ensure you have completed all of the required pre-requisite coursework prior to taking the exam.

  TEST SECTIONS WHEN TO TAKE IT RESOURCES
Medical School

MCAT

Medical College Admission Test

  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
  • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
  • Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
No later than April/May/1st week of June in the summer in which you apply. http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/start.htm
Dental School

DAT

Dental Admission Test

  • Survey of Natural Sciences-Biology, General & Organic Chemistry
  • Perceptual Ability Test
  • Comprehension Test
  • Quantitative Reasoning
No later than April/May/1st week of June in the summer in which you apply. http://www.ada.org/dat.aspx.
Veterinarian School

GRE

Graduate Record Exam

General Exam No later than April/May/1st week of June in the summer in which you apply. http://www.ets.org/gre/
Pharmacy

PCAT

Pharmacy College Admission Test

  • Writing
  • Biological Processes (General Biology, Microbiology, Human Anatomy & Physiology)
  • Chemical Processes (General, Organic, & Biochemistry)
  • Critical Reading (Comprehension, Analysis, Evaluation)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (Basic Math, Algebra, Probability & Statistics, Pre-calculus, & Calculus)
No later than September the year prior to matriculation

http://pcatweb.info/

http://www.pharmcas.org

Physician Assistant GRE or MCAT See above based on exam See above based on exam

http://pafocus.org

See above for specific exam resources

 Please note this a guideline.  For many health profession pathways the exam you need to take or subtest choice on the GRE is specific to individual schools.  Be sure to check what exam(s) you might need.

Test Preparation

The HPA Office does not endorse any particular method or brand for preparation.  You should assess your own study habits, self-motivation and abilities and choose accordingly.  Your preparation methods for these standardized tests may be one or more of the following.  Also see the information supplied by the Association of American Medical Colleges:

  • Study your textbooks and notes from the relevant courses.  You may wish to use an outline such as the one printed in the MCAT Student Manual to help you structure your review and a commercial book of practice exams to familiarize yourself with the question format.
  • Purchase a set of review materials and practice examinations.  Set up a schedule for weekly review and practice exams, and stick with it.
  • Enroll in a commercial coaching course.  If you elect this method of preparation, be sure to attend all classes.  Don't stop there.  Visit the Test Center as often as possible to work on practice tests and review the correct answers.  Fees for commercial courses can run >$2000.