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All Who Went On Interviews, Help Please

Discussion in 'Pre-Optometry' started by rallthenamesgon, Apr 13, 2007.

  1. rallthenamesgon

    rallthenamesgon 2+ Year Member

    Mar 6, 2007
    Just a question for everyone that went on an interview this past year. At the time that you were invited for interviews what were your applications like?

    Reason I am asking is because when I start to apply this fall, my applications will be missing my OAT scores (until November), a few prerequisite classes (grades) and possibly one LOR. Was anyone in this same boat or similar and still offered an interview?
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  3. cunikki

    cunikki SCCO 2009 7+ Year Member

    Nov 10, 2004
    Littleton, CO
    no school is going to offer you an interview without oat scores and your letters of rec. the prereqs are fine as long as you are taking them in the fall or planning on taking it in the spring. why would you possibly wait that long to take the oat or get another letter??? the best way to get into a school is to apply early ... take the oats over the summer and get a letter now!
  4. IDoctor

    IDoctor 2+ Year Member

    Feb 2, 2007
    grades wont be much of a factor as alot of applicants are still in their 4th year undergrad and not all will have finished pre-reqs, although after your interview they might place you on hold rather than giving you an acceptance pending your final pre-requisite grades.

    LOR and OAT scores, you do not need in before they offer you an interview, but some schools require them to be in. For instance, I got an interview to NOVA before they had recieved my OAT scores, and while I was interviewing at ICO one of the other interviewee's still had to get her LORs in. Although other schools like SCO, Ohio State, would not even review my file until everything was complete.
  5. mlongo1

    mlongo1 2+ Year Member

    Sep 13, 2006
    I was offered an interview in October for ICO without OAT scores (did not take Oat until January) and also without EIGHT pre-reqs. I sent my OAT scores in January, accepted the following week. Did have the LORs tho.....I think that matters. ICO doesn't care if OAT scores and pre-reqs are finished before the interview tho.
  6. vc84

    vc84 2+ Year Member

    Nov 19, 2006
    OAT scores do not have to be in when u apply, but I think it would be in ur best interest if they were. Mine werent in when I went for my intervew (but only one school interviewed me w/out them, the rest of the schools interviewed me after they got my scores) so I would highly reccommend that u take them earlier rather than later, just in case u need to take them over since u have to wait 90 days in between. But u dont have to have them in when u turn in ur application but be sure to take it soon after.
    And as others said pre-req's dont need to be all finished.

    Good luck!
  7. ucbsowarrior

    ucbsowarrior Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 23, 2005

    Your application will most likely be held on HOLD, until it is complete. You cannot be a candidate without all the required info.
  8. hfpepperbean47

    hfpepperbean47 You wish you were me 2+ Year Member

    Apr 10, 2007

    That's not entirely true. I was called two days after my application was received to set up a time to come and interview, and I hadn't taken my OATs (and told them I would not take them until spring). They can't make a final decision unless everything is in, but you can be invited for an interview.
  9. hfpepperbean47

    hfpepperbean47 You wish you were me 2+ Year Member

    Apr 10, 2007
    But, of course, it would probably be better if everything was complete! I made that mistake.
  10. rallthenamesgon

    rallthenamesgon 2+ Year Member

    Mar 6, 2007
    Thank you all for the advice. If there is anyone else who has advice for me, please share.
  11. eyelectric

    eyelectric Pacific Class of 2011 2+ Year Member

    Mar 8, 2007
    If you are applying to Pacific, you have to submit all of your application materials at the same time. This includes the application itself as well as the letters of recommendation. Also, I am almost positive that you have to have your OAT scores before they will even look at your application. I would assume the other schools have a similar process set up. If you won't have all of this until November, then I would just wait until then to apply. Even November is still pretty early in the game.

    Your best bet, however, is to contact the admissions reps at the schools where you intend to apply and get their thoughts on this issue.
  12. BlueEyes1980


    Mar 2, 2007
    I took the OAT in early December, scores were in within a month, and then I got interview offers.

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