Standardized Test Scores for Health Profession Applications


Medical schools (MD and DO) require Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores as part of their standard application. The MCAT is a computer-based test and given multiple times per year. If you will be completing your coursework in the spring semester and plan to apply in the summer, we strongly encourage you to take MCATs by April of that year.

The MCAT tests your knowledge of the premed sciences, including biochemistry. It also includes a section on the behavioral sciences and tests critical thinking skills, not just memorization. 

You can, and should, study for the MCAT. The MCAT staff provides a number of useful resources. You can also take a commercial review course. The established courses in this area are Kaplan 800-KAP-TEST, Princeton Review 866-TPR-PREP and ExamKrackers.

When you sit for the MCAT please specify that you will release your score to your advisor. You will be able to access your scores, as will the medical schools, approximately 30 days after the test date.

Other Standardized Tests

Dental Schools

Dental schools require your Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) score. The test is given via computer virtually every day of the year. A good time to take the DAT is when you have completed the chemistry and biology course requirements (it does not test physics). We encourage you to prepare for the test and take it no later than the first half of the summer of the year you plan to apply.

Veterinary Schools

Veterinary schools generally require Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. The GRE is computerized and administered throughout the year. Many other clinical health professions graduate programs require the GRE.

Optometry and Pharmacy Schools

Two other professions have their own exams: optometry (Optometry Admission Test) and pharmacy (Pharmacy College Admission Test PCAT).

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