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||Resources|
Various Health Professions Programs
(check individual schools; required by some)
Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics
|90 minute, web-based, situational judgment test||Late spring or summer in which you apply.||takecasper.com|
Medical College Admission Test
||No later than April/May in the summer in which you apply.||www.aamc.org|
Dental Admission Test
||No later than April/May/1st week of June in the summer in which you apply.||www.ada.org|
Graduate Record Exam
|General Exam||No later than April/May/1st week of June in the summer in which you apply.||www.ets.org|
Pharmacy College Admission Test
||No later than September the year prior to matriculation|
|Physician Assistant||GRE or MCAT||See above based on exam||See above based on exam||
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.
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.
- Review HPA's MCAT Tips sheet