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Admission Tests

Dental Admission Test (DAT)
Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
Optometry Admission Test (OAT)
Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)

    Dental Admission Test (DAT)

    The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is administered as a computerized test. There are no application deadlines. The examination fee can be found on the registration page of the Dental Admission Test (DAT) Web site and students can schedule the exam Monday through Friday during business hours.

    After submitting the application to the DAT program, students will receive an 800 number to call and register with the Sylvan Prometric Testing Centers. Sylvan Prometric Testing Centers require a minimum 48-hour notice for scheduling a test, and students are eligible to take the exam for one year.

    The DAT program booklet, which includes samples of four examinations and instructions for ordering a computerized tutorial, is available through a health professions advisor or can be requested it by phone at 800-232-1694 or mail:

    Department of Testing Services
    American Dental Association
    211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 600
    Chicago, IL 60611-2678

    DAT Tutorial

    A tutorial is available that will familiarize the students with the mechanics of taking the DAT on computer. (A sample of the tutorial can be found in the DAT application booklet). This tutorial requires Microsoft Windows. To obtain a copy on disk, students should write a letter and include a money order for $10 to:

    DAT Tutorial
    Department of Testing Services
    211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 600
    Chicago, IL 60611

    Another resource for students to practice perceptual ability testing is the following book:

    Mechanical Aptitude and Spatial Relations Tests, 3rd Ed. (1996). Joan U. Levy, Ph.D. and Normal Levy, Ph.D. Published by ARCO, a division of Simon and Shuster, obtained through Macmillan General Reference; A Simon and Shuster Macmillan Company; 1633 Broadway; New York, NY 10019-6785. ISBN # 0-02-860600-0.

    Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

    The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and critical thinking and analytical writing skills. The GRE subject tests gauge undergraduate achievement in eight specific fields of study.

    These goals of the general test are to help admissions committees assess higher level critical thinking and analytical writing skills of applicants, and provide a performance assessment that measures a test taker's ability to make and critique arguments, which is central to the work done by graduate students in most fields.

    The computer-based GRE test is offered year-round. To register online, try sample questions and purchase practice material visit, www.ets.org.

    The GRE can also be taken through ASU University Testing Services. Please call 480-965-7146.

    Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

    The MCAT is given several times a year and is a computerized exam. MCAT scores will become part of the examinee's MCAT testing history and when an AMCAS application is sent to a school and are valid for three years.

    Applicants must register for the MCAT online. 

    MCAT College Admission Test
    P.O. Box 4056
    Iowa City, IA 52243

    MCAT Fee Assistance Program Forms

    The Fee Assistance Program (FAP), if approved, reduces the test fee. The FAP deadlines and application form are available online.

    Practice Tests

    Optometry Admission Test (OAT)

    The OAT is only administered via computer. Examinees may take the test an unlimited number of times but must wait 90 days between testing dates. Information is available through a health professions advisor and OAT.

    Optometric Admission Testing Program (OAT)
    211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 600
    Chicago, IL 60611-2678
    800-232-2159

    The most desirable time for applicants to take the exam is no later than the fall of their senior year in college. If applicants must take it later, some schools will not accept the results of tests after February of the year in which they hope to enroll.

    Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)

    PCAT test dates, fees and general information concerning the PCAT may be obtained:

    • Through a health professions advisor
    • By phoen at 800-622-3231 or 210-339-8710
    • Through Harcourt Assessment, Inc. at:

    Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
    P.O. Box 7247-6717
    Philadelphia, PA 19170-6717