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    Getting Accepted with GRE instead of OAT

    Hey guys, I've been doing my research on each Optometry school and I've noticed that some will accept the GRE instead of the OAT. Has anyone gotten into a program using only the GRE test?
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    Dental to Optometry

    Hello everyone Im writing to get everyones input on my situation. I recently took the DAT and scored a 111 on it (adding all the sections together). I know some schools require at least a 105 on the DAT to be considered competitive. Im currently in the dental hygiene program and was applying...
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    Took OAT today. Need advice.

    Hey everybody, So, I took the OAT today and my scores simply weren't what I wanted them to be. I am considering retaking it but I am hesitant since it is already Dec 2 I would not be able to retake it in until the beginning of March. While my overall OAT score isn't horrible I was hoping to...
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    Taking OAT in August for 2020 cycle?

    Hello! I was curious about whether this is feasible to still be "early" for applications. My grades are around the low 3s, so they're not completely amazing. However, I do have many years of experience in eye clinics alongside a good recommendation letter from an optometrist. I was thinking...
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    Seeking advice! Don't have time to retake OAT, should I consider taking the DAT instead?

    Hello all! I got myself into a little pickle and didn't score as high on the OAT as I would have liked. I got a 320 AA/ 310 TS and really needed a higher score (around 75th percentile) to balance out a lower GPA (~ 3.1) but got caught up with work, school, and family problems. I know that if...
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    OAT ADA Practice Exam vs. 3T Achiever OAT Practice Exams?

    Hello all, I take my OAT in about a week from now (next Saturday specifically). I've used a lot of different prep materials, but this last week I'm committing nearly all my time practice exams. I've taken Chad's free OAT practice exams for each section, been using the DAT Bootcamp questions...
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    Hello, I am planning to take my OAT at the end of November.i have the Kaplan prep plus book but that’s it. Does anyone have any advice on any other material that isn’t too expensive? What material do did you use? I want to o apply this cycle but I want to have a high OAT score .
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    OAT Scores

    Hi everyone, could you please share your experience with this: which score do you think is more important for optometry schools? Total science or academic average I got a good total science (390), but unfortunately, 340 for academic average and I'm really worried about it:(
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    OAT Reading Comprehension

    Hi everyone, I'm struggling with reading comprehension section of the OAT exam. Do you think if we are allowed to used Cntl+f for searching keywords during the actual OAT? Please let me know if you have any suggestions for improving my reading section.
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    So I just took the OAT today and didn’t do anywhere near as well as I hoped. All together my AA was a 270. I naturally don’t do well on standardized tests but I was hoping to score in at least the 300 area. I work 50 hour weeks so studying was just done when i had free time. Anyway, my question...
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    OAT destroyer vs Actual OAT

    Hi! I just got my OAT destroyer and have started doing questions from it, my test is about 2.5 weeks away but i might push it a week back to do more questions. I've been doing Kaplan Questions before this and i've just done so so so bad on those, its really killed my confidence honestly. BUT the...
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    OAT Experience

    I'm taking my OAT tomorrow morning (8AM ayy) so wish me luck :) Kaplan 1/ Kaplan 2/ ADA: Bio: 320/390/370 Gen Chem: 330/340/370 Orgo: 270/290/330 Physics: 260/270/310 RC: 290/300/340 QR: 300/260/-- Clearly I've got some fluctuation so I guess we'll see! Focusing on physics and QR tonight...
  13. freeapple123

    OAT and Applications

    Hi there, I am currently going into my last year of my undergraduate in biology/ psychology. I had originally wanted to go into medicine and pursue ophthalmology; however, I do not see myself in school for that long. I had been prepping for my MCAT all summer and have had a change of heart and...
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    Is my OAT/GPA Competitive/ What are my chances??

    Hi All: My Cumulative GPA is a 3.3, Science GPA is a 3.0. My OAT is a 300TS/310AA. RC: 330 GC: 300 OC: 290 Physics: 260 QR: 280 Bio: 400!!! I have 160+ hours of shadowing an optometrist, shadowed an ophthalmologist in the OR, Thousands of hours of volunteer experience as an EMT, and 120+ Hours...
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    Which is preferred?? OAT or GRE?

    Which Is preferred... OAT or the GRE ?
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    Do I retake my OAT? Should I talk to the school?

    Hello, I just graduated from a school and am taking a gap year then going for optometry school. I always knew I wanted to do a gap year, but the last day of the deadline for SUNY and Salus I applied. I got an interview for both just a couple of days after submission. SUNY was my first interview...
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    OAT Prep Calculation

    Hi all, I had a value calculation question about when I should take the OAT. Currently, I'm schedule to take it on June 29th. I picked this date so that I could begin submitting applications on day one of the application cycle for 2024. That being said, I feel like I'll be reasonably...
  18. nbantz

    2019 OAT Experience

    Hey everyone! I read a lot of these OAT experience threads from the past and they were super helpful for me, so I figured I would make one too! If anyone has any specific questions please let me know. I plan on applying this upcoming cycle for the class of 2024! I took the OAT yesterday (June...
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    To those who have taken the Live Kaplan OAT prep class

    1. How strongly did you following the "Kaplan strategies" they recommended? For instance, they recommend in the beginning not to time yourself for the reading passages which goes against my intuition. 2. How much did you supplement with other content (i.e Chad's videos, destroyer, etc)? Besides...
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    Kaplan Oat materials for sale

    Hey everyone I'm selling the 2018 Kaplan OAT review book along with the flashcards. I also have an Organic Chemistry reagent guide PDF. If you're interested please PM me.
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    Hi everyone! I am going to apply this upcoming cycle for fall 2020 and I was just wondering what schools would accept a 2.7 GPA. I'm hoping to bring it up to 3.0 by next fall and get a 330+ on my OAT. If anyone that was or is on the same boat as me could reply back with your stats I would...
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    E° cell equation for MCAT/OAT/DAT

    i was wondering when figuring out the value of E° cell which equation do i use? 1. cathode - anode or 2. cathode + anode the OAT Kaplan book is gave the second equation but the Kaplan MCAT book is giving me the first equation
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    Low OAT/High GPA. What are my chances?

    Hi guys! I was wondering what are my chances of getting into a program if I have a 3.8 GPA overall/3.7 total science and OAT scores of 290 AA/ 280 TS. NSUCO is my top choice and once I sent my unofficial scores to them in August, they called me and said to retake my OAT and that they might...
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    My name is crystal. I am thinking about optometrist as a career. I recently gave OAT exam and my score is 310. I wanted to know that how is optometrist as a career because while doing my research I came across a lot of negative student forums in which people said slot of negative things about...
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    is optometrist still a good profession?

    My name is sonali. I am thinking about optometrist as a career. I recently gave OAT exam and my score is 320 and my gpa is 3.6. i have applied at Oklahoma, Michigan, california and north Carolina. I wanted to know that how is optometrist as a career because while doing my research I came...
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    ADA Free OAT Exam

    Hi! Was wondering if anyone had a copy of the free ADA practice exam. I found it a while ago from Rutgers or something, but now the link gives me an error message. If anyone has a copy of it, I'd really appreciate it! Thanks!!
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    What are my chances? (low GPA)

    Hi there, Currently applying to optometry school and curious about my chances. Overall GPA: 2.9 Science GPA: 2.61 OAT: 340 AA/ 340 TS I have about 300 hours of optometric work/shadowing experience and 400 hours of volunteer experience. Anyone know if there's even a chance for me to get an...
  28. R

    December OAT experience (retake!) (280/290 -> 320/330)!!

    -LONG POST- scroll down to see my new scores and recommended study method/guide/my personal tips!!! soooo i retook my OAT today and felt that I needed to share my experience! i couldn't find anyone on here who may have been in a similar situation as mine so here is my post to be that person...
  29. ElyssaGabrielle

    B.A vs B.S in Biology for Optometry School

    Hello! I recently switched to a B.A in biology due to my hours accumulated in Spanish and because I have interest in taking some business courses and this would allow for it. I currently have a 3.45 GPA and will be taking the OAT this summer and start applying. I was wondering if there's any...
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    So I took my OAT today and I promised myself I would do one of these since they've helped me so much. I was originally supposed to take the exam October 26th but I definitely was not ready and I decided to push it back a week to give myself a little more time, definitely one of the best...
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    This is from the Princeton Review second edition which was released October 2018. Can anyone tell me how accurate this is considering it says there are about 10 questions of trig and geometry? The ADA doesn’t list anything about those topics. I know they still appeared in some people’s exam but...
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    What are my chances getting into waterloo?

    OAT: 350TS/ 370AA average%: 85 experience: shadowed two optometrists ~20hrs, worked at sickkids research lab with an ophthalmologist for a summer, volunteered at sickkids hospital, volunteered at other nursing homes and societies. shadowed an ophthalmologist for a couple hours I think my stats...
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    High OAT, low gpa chances

    hey guys! I was looking for some advice on my standing. Stats: both cumulative and science around 3.0 OAT: 380 Optometric tech for a year(still currently working) Shadowed at 5 locations. My biggest worry is my gpa and grade trends. My grade trends aren’t so great. My very last semester was...
  34. K

    OAT Physics

    Hello I was just wondering if interference is something to study for the physics part of the OAT. Such as double slit, singe slit interference, or diffraction grating.
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    Full Length Exams

    What is a good number of full length exams to take? How many did you take and which ones? Kaplan? ADA? Were any of your full lengths DAT exams? How accurate are the Princeton OAT exams? Thanks!
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    Full Length OAT

    how many full length practice oat exams should you take before the actual?
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    Hi guys, I recently took my OAT and needed some advice on what I should do to boost my application because I REALLY REALLY want to go to SCCO (Ketchum). I'm currently a 4th year at uni and do plan on taking one gap year after I graduate to finish up my pre-reqs at a community college. My OAT...
  38. K

    My OAT

    Hey guys, I took the OAT at the end of the summer, and I had kind of an odd experience with my test so I figured I'd tell about it in case it gives hope to anybody else! My stats: TS: 400 AA: 390 Bio, Gen Chem, OChem, RC: 400 QR: 390 Physics: 360 GPA: 3.91 I did well and I am happy with my...
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    optomcas personal statement question

    hi there!! does anyone know if we can recycle personal statements for each program? kind of a dumb question since (at least for the programs i'm applying to) the personal statement questions are either identical or wording is very similar. is there such a thing like you can't recycle what...
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    Chances of getting into Waterloo?

    Hi, I'm a 4th year Canadian BSc student. I've got about two years of experience of working as an optometric assistant. 50+ hours of shadowing. I've also been an executive in my schools Golden Key club for two years and have done a bunch of other volunteering stuff. OAT score: 340 AA 330 TS...