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Admission Test Prep

The majority of professional schools require an admission test as a component of each student's application.  Due to the competitive nature of professional graduate programs it is essential to prepare for these rigorous exams.  Below are some tips and resources to help Pre-Pro Colonels get started.

1. Early on in your academic career research what your admission test will cover (see helpful links below) and incorporate a level of focus on the exam into your studies throughout your regular coursework.  For example, create flashcards that will be helpful in studying for your admission test and focus on learning concepts that will be covered on the exam.  Answer practice test questions whenever they're included in your textbooks.

2. Choose a strategic date for your exam. Take into consideration the courses that you'll be able to take before the exam, the amount of time you'll be able to dedicate to studying, and whether you'll have enough time to re-take the exam in the same application cycle if needed.

3. Research the average desired test scores needed to gain admission to the programs that you will be applying to.

4. Create a strict study schedule.  Students generally dedicate 12-24 weeks to preparing for their admission exam.  Set aside time each day (or week) to dedicate to studying and, if possible, increase that time to full time (40 hours per week) for the remaining 4 weeks prior to your exam date.

5. Take numerous practice exams (for example 7 are recommended for the MCAT) and adjust your study plan and exam date according to how well you're scoring on your practice exams.

6.  Prepare yourself for the physical demands of your actual test day when taking practice exams.  Go to sleep and wake up at the same time that you'll have to on the day of your exam, eat the same breakfast and lunch, take the same breaks, etc. 

7. Talk to other students for tips and perspectives but don't constantly compare yourself to other students.  Everyone is different and so will have a somewhat unique testing experience.

8. Focus on positive thinking and being optimistic.  Research shows that positive emotions promote learning.  Visualize success, enjoy the things that you're learning through your studies, and build in down time to do things that you enjoy outside of studying (including SLEEP!) while you prepare for the exam.

9. Use a variety of resources to study and find a combination that works for you.  It is generally advised to take several practice exams from the same organization that produces the actual exam.  Below are links to popular resources for each professional admissions test.

DAT

What's On the Test (includes ADA test prep materials): https://www.ada.org/en/education-careers/dental-admission-test/test-prep...

Ari's DAT Bootcamp - https://datbootcamp.com/

Kaplan - https://www.kaptest.com/

Next Step - https://nextsteptestprep.com/

Princeton Review - https://www.princetonreview.com/#

GRE

What's On the Test: https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare

Kaplan - https://www.kaptest.com/

Next Step - https://nextsteptestprep.com/

Princeton Review - https://www.princetonreview.com/#

LSAT

What's On the Test: https://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/preparing-for-the-lsat

Kaplan - https://www.kaptest.com/

Princeton Review - https://www.princetonreview.com/#

MCAT

What's On the Test: https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/article/what...

AAMC Official MCAT Practice Test - https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/article/onli...

Examkrackers - https://examkrackers.com/

Khan Academy - https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/mcat

Kaplan - https://www.kaptest.com/

The MCAT Podcast - https://medicalschoolhq.net/mcat-podcast/

Next Step - https://nextsteptestprep.com/

Princeton Review - https://www.princetonreview.com/#

OAT

What's On the Test (includes ASCO test prep materials): https://www.ada.org/en/oat/test-preparation

Kaplan - https://www.kaptest.com/

Princeton Review - https://www.princetonreview.com/#

PCAT

What's On the Test: http://pcatweb.info/About-the-PCAT.php

AACP Official PCAT Practice Test - http://pcatweb.info/Practice-Test.php

Dr. Collins' PCAT Prep Class - https://pcatprepclass.com/

Next Step - https://nextsteptestprep.com/

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