Standardized Exams for Different Health Professions

Medical (MD/DO)
Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

Dental
Dental Admission Test (DAT)

Veterinary, Public Health, Others
Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Optometry
Optometry Admission Test (OAT)

Pharmacy
Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)

Standardized Tests

Students must take a standardized test as part of their application to health professions school.  Each test differs somewhat in subject matter, but all of them will test reading comprehension, critical thinking skills, problem-solving ability, and subject area knowledge. For more information, see our planning guides.

Students should take the exams after they have taken classes in the subject areas covered. For example, medical applicants will have taken General Chemistry, General Biology, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry, Statistics, Psychology, and Sociology before taking the exam.

Consult with your advisor to determine when to take the exam and how to prepare for it.