Any pre-health student (someone pursuing a career in health care requiring education and training beyond the undergraduate level) interested in applying to a professional program will need to take a professional school entrance test. The exams are a component of an application to a professional school program and often hold as much weight as a student's grade point average.
The MCAT is a computerized test used for osteopathic and allopathic medical school applications. Podiatry schools also require students to take the MCAT as the professional school test for their program. It is strongly recommended that students check with each institution they are applying to in determining which exam to take. The MCAT is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). See MCAT General Information and Registration for more information.
The OAT is the computerized professional school test for students applying to optometry school in the United States and the University of Waterloo, Canada. The OAT is sponsored by Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO). See OAT General Information and Registration to learn more.
The DAT is a computerized professional school test for students applying to dental school programs. The DAT is sponsored by American Dental Association. See DAT General Information and Registration to learn more.
The PCAT is a computerized professional school test for students applying to pharmacy school programs. The PCAT is endorsed by American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). See PCAT General Information and Registration to learn more.
The GRE is a computerized professional or graduate school test for students applying to physician assistant, physical therapy, veterinary medicine, chiropractic medicine, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy and other programs. Students should verify with the individual professional schools they are applying to when determining if the GRE is the appropriate test to take as well as if the general GRE is sufficient or if special subject area GRE tests are needed. See GRE General Information and Registration for more details.