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How Should Preoptometry Students Prepare For The Optometry Admission Test?
We are often asked what is the best way to prepare for the Optometry
Admission Test. So, we have compiled this short review of the most successful
ways ANYONE can prepare to do well on the OAT. Although this is a short outline,
if a student follows this advice, he/she should expect to be prepared for the
Yes, study. But, you must study the right things! Just studying say, general
biology, is not going to be sufficient. Studying SIMPLE review books specific
for the OAT, WILL NOT usually be sufficient either.
The best study aids are:
- Your college text books! However, these often contain more information
than needed…but they do contain the information you need. You just have
to study smart.
- If you "sold back" your text books, don’t worry. What you
must do is purchase review books for the INDIVIDUAL college topics. These
books are often much less ($20) and will teach you the topic. The
problem with SIMPLE OAT review books is that they do not cover the topics
in sufficient detail required of the OAT. The old adage "you get what
you pay for" is true. The individual review books for biology,
chemistry, organic chemistry, college entrance math, etc. do an excellent
job in reviewing material at the necessary level of detail. These review
guides are found in college bookstores, and national bookstore chains.
They are usually titled "College Biology Review". McGraw/Hill,
for example, publishes excellent review books entitled Schaums Outline
- To study smart, use the SCOPE OF EXAMINATION TOPICS published by the
Optometry Admission Testing Program or ScholarWare’s more detailed
outline provided by ScholarWare’s cd-rom, TopScore Pro® for the OAT.
Concentrate only on these topics. This will focus your study of the
- Reading Comprehension. This section should be studied for by reading
popular science magazines and new media. Excellent sources are magazines
like Cell, Science Today, Newsweek (any science related article), and
reading about popular topics of the day (e.g. cloning, gene therapy,
diabetes, AIDS, optometry science news).
- Use TopScore Pro® for the OAT to simulate your OAT test. Our product
will tell you where your weakness are, help in managing the timer, and let
you know if you are prepared to take the real test.
TopScore Pro® for the OAT (click here)