Students must take a standardized test as part of their application to health professions school. Each test differs in subject matter. All test reading comprehension, critical thinking skills, problem-solving ability, and subject area knowledge. Students should take the exams after they have taken classes in the subject areas covered.
More Information about standardized tests can be found on their websites:
- Medical (MD/DO): Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
- Dental: Dental Admission Test (DAT)
- Veterinary, Public Health, Nursing, others: Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
- Optometry: Optometry Admission Test (OAT)
- Pharmacy: Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
Students should take the MCAT after they have taken classes in the subject areas covered. Medical applicants will have taken General Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biological Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, Psychology and Sociology before taking the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
About half of our applicants take prep courses, others self-study using test prep books and resources found online. Beyond studying content, we recommend practicing with online problems and sample exams that replicate the actual MCAT testing conditions, analyzing your strengths and areas to improve with each set of practice material, and adjusting study and preparation strategies accordingly. Here are some of the online pre courses that you could consider taking:
*Note that we do not officially promote, sponsor or recommend any preparation company – we gather information for our students and make it available to them.
MCAT Fee Assistance Program
The MCAT and the AMCAS online applications are both administered by the AAMC. The AAMC offers a Fee Assistance Program (FAP) to US citizens or permanent residents who would otherwise be unable to take the MCAT or apply to AMCAS-participating schools. The deadlines for applying for the FAP are generally 6-8 weeks prior to the MCAT for which you are registering or 3 weeks prior to your first school’s AMCAS application deadline. Applicants who receive FAP waivers may also be eligible for waivers from secondary application fees.