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Tips on studying OAT physics/increasing my score?


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Jul 4, 2013
  1. Pre-Optometry
I'm currently studying for the OAT and I'm taking it in October. I'm constantly scoring high (350+) on every section except physics, my score is always below 300 and I feel like I understand the concepts but I don't know how to answer the questions, if that makes sense. I'm using the big kaplan book and oat destroyer. How did you study for this section? any tips?
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Jun 2, 2015
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  1. Optometry Student
I had the same issue and I went to half price books and picked up an old MCAT physics book. I used that along with chads videos and was able to raise my score 60 points in physics in a little over a month of studying. Good luck!
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Jul 4, 2016
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When I was studying, I was scoring 300 or 310 at best in physics on the Kaplan practice exams, but on the real OAT I scored 360. It was still one of my lowest OAT sections but it was definitely easier on the real thing compared to kaplan practice tests. The real OAT is mostly one step calculations, and I found most of the practice were complex multi step calculations. Don't worry too much, I would recommend just memorizing all the necessary formulas and knowing how/when to use them.
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