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Discussion in 'OAT Discussions' started by Grover2k9, May 16, 2007.

  1. Grover2k9

    Grover2k9 2+ Year Member

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    I just finished up for the summer at college and I am gearing up for my summer. I am going to shadow an optometrist part-time and study for my OAT that will be early August.

    So far I have the small 25 dollar Kaplan OAT review book that has the full 2 tests in it.

    In addition to that, I have the TopScore CD with the full tests.

    I feel like all I have is practice tests and no real study material.

    Does topscore offer answer explanations? What other types of material should I get? I feel like I should have a comprehensive subject book or something of the like.

    What other materials would you recommend specifically?
     
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  3. hfpepperbean47

    hfpepperbean47 You wish you were me 2+ Year Member

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    Why don't you use your science textbooks?
     
  4. Grover2k9

    Grover2k9 2+ Year Member

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    I thought that may just be way too much material.

    I have a thorough knowledge of organic chemistry, I really dont feel the need to study it.

    It is more biology and general chemistry that will be my weak points. My biology book was a 1400 page monster with size 8 font, very unreadable to say the least.

    Would the Mcat Comprehensive review provide me with what I need? I can get it for <$20 on amazon.

    Also - Are the kaplan materials from the class worth getting? I feel like they would be everything I need - I just dont want to overkill since I am tight on funds anyway.
     
  5. JMU07

    JMU07 5+ Year Member

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    Somebody on here sold me ALL of their materials from the Kaplan class. I was planning on using all of my notes and textbooks but Kaplan organizes it in a MUCH better fashion, and emphasizes what's important. It's all been a huge help for me! I'm taking the OAT on Saturday, if I do well enough that I don't feel like I need to retake it I'd be glad to sell it to you, a lot of it has been marked on but it didn't hinder my studying at all. I'll go through all of it and give you a price, if you're interested! :)
     
  6. Law0830

    Law0830 Junior Member 2+ Year Member

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    I know for a fact that Kaplan is very helpful but the OAT Destroyer has both useful questions and a comprehensive solution set to the questions giving you a more broad background and explanation.
     
  7. RussianCUB

    RussianCUB looking at teeth for life 2+ Year Member

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    I would have to agree with Law on that point. Since i am taking the DAT i know that that the OAT is a very similar test. The Destroyer is extremely helpful in the DAT and i am sure that it is just as good in the OAT. Your best bet would be to get as much material as you possibly came to make sure you had a broad understanding of the necessary information. Once you have reviewed all the material, the Destroyer takes you to the next level. Good luck on your exam!
     
  8. Grover2k9

    Grover2k9 2+ Year Member

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    Does this OAT destroyer have a book that covers the material in detail?

    I have plenty of sample tests and questions, I just need some preliminary study time in the material itself.
     
  9. Clovers

    Clovers Member 5+ Year Member

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    The destroyer is not a book like the Kaplan big blue book. Just has question and answers like practice tests from kaplan. It looks like a wire bound notebook that cost $160 i believe.
     
  10. shirazyterp

    shirazyterp 5+ Year Member

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    I'm in the same boat!
    It has actually been a while since I took all my pre-req's. I am trying to start studying for OAT's so I can take it in Augst but I'm confused on what to study and what to get.
    I bought the Kaplan OAT's book with 2 test.
    My friend also gave me his MCAT Kaplan books and flash cards. Do you guys think if I use the review material from those books it should be close to OAT?

    How about:

    TopScore Pro® for the OAT http://www.scholarware.com/Study4oat.htm
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    OAT Prof http://www.oatprofessor.com/

    are these any good? Anyone has any experience with them?

    B
     
  11. SimSimma

    SimSimma Banned Banned

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    the oat is similar to the dat.. i used topscore achiever and then the dat desroyer(which was relly what got me tougher for the dat).. if you need a copy of the book its at orgoman.com
     
  12. prettygreeneyes

    prettygreeneyes Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

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    I used TopScorePro for the OAT and found it to be rather helpful. The questions they ask seem to be harder than the actual OAT, but it got you into the mindset of timing yourself and knowing where your weaknesses were. I really like the QR and RC sections.

    As a sidenote, Scholarware is one of the exhibitors for Test Prep Week. Check out the following thread for more info. http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=402696
     
  13. Oogilily

    Oogilily Soccer rules all 5+ Year Member

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    I used the Mcat Princeton Review books for O. Chem and for the Math section. They were extremely helpful and well organized and they cut out a lot of the crap. I bought a general chemistry review book from amazon that was helpful and basic. Biology...I'm just going from what I remember from classes and also from the practice tests. The Mcat biology books don't go into as broad of information as the OAT needs (e.g. mcat doesn't cover plant biology, etc. mcat is more physiology based).

    Anyways, get your hands on a used Kaplan/Princeton Review study guides. That's an excellent way to start. And then just chug through tons of practice problems which seems to be most helpful.

    I'll let you know if this worked, I'm taking it on friday :D .
     
  14. Grover2k9

    Grover2k9 2+ Year Member

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    Oogilily-

    Can you give me the specific title on the general chemistry review book?
     
  15. shirazyterp

    shirazyterp 5+ Year Member

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    Thanks, I think i'm going to try the TopScorePro.

    By the way do you guys know how long it takes for them to send out the results?
     
  16. prettygreeneyes

    prettygreeneyes Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

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    :thumbup: :thumbup:

    Just a heads up... if you have more questions about TopScorePro or any other prep materials, company representatives are available on SDN during Test Prep Week, going on right now!

    Check it out...
    http://forums.studentdoctor.net/forumdisplay.php?f=226
     
  17. Oogilily

    Oogilily Soccer rules all 5+ Year Member

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    Grover2k9: It's a Wiley Self Teaching Guide called: "A self-teacing guide to chemistry concepts and problems". It worked well enough for me to brush up on it. I bought a Wiley guide for physics too but it really stunk. The chemistry one was a great brush up on general chemistry. Note: no organic chemistry is in the book.
    If I could do it all over again, I would have stuck to the Kaplan OAT review books or the Princeton mCAT review books (which I use now).


    Shirazyterp: If you are talking about the results of the OAT exam itself, they are given to you immediately. There is only multiple choice on the test (no written like on the mCAT) so it is scored immediatly. No waiting, the way I like it.
     

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