You should try to take your admissions test (DAT, GRE, MCAT, OAT) in the spring or summer. Some students choose to take the test later because they hope that they will get a higher score with more study time. A high score is important, but you should remember your application deadlines! Please note: We do need your admission test score in order to finalize your committee letter.
DAT- Dental Admission Test: All US Dental schools require this exam. You will need to have completed biology, general chemistry and organic chemistry. This test is administered year round.
GRE- Graduate Record Examination: You may need to take this test if you are applying to Podiatry or Veterinary Schools. This test will measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing and it is not related to a specific area of study. (You do not have to complete your Pre-Health prerequisites to sit for this exam.) This test is administered year round.
MCAT- Medical College Admission Test: All US medical schools (MD and DO) require this exam. You will need to have completed all of your Pre-Health prerequisites before sitting for the exam. Most of the exams take place between April and September, however, there are a few test dates in January and March.
OAT- Optometry Admission Test: All Optometry schools require this exam. You will need to have completed all of your Pre-Health prerequisites before sitting for this exam. This test is administered year round.
Not everybody agrees about test preparation. Some people prefer one company over another. Others doubt whether or not taking a review course really helps, or they think it helps only as a confidence-builder. It is safe to say that most students try to fit in some sort of focused, intensive review before taking an admissions test. There are a variety of companies that offer test prep. Many of them offer discounts to Stony Brook Students. Some of these companies also offer several practice tests throughout the year that you can take for free. See below for test prep links and resources.
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