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What should I aim to get on the OAT?

Discussion in 'Pre-Optometry' started by ar94, Aug 18, 2015.

  1. ar94

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm new to this forum and I was wondering if you guys could help me out. I'm going into my senior year and I wanted to know what I should aim to get on the OAT to be competitive. I'm going to UMBC in Baltimore for my undergrad.

    Here are my qualifications:
    - GPA: 3.93
    - ~2000 hours of research
    - ~70 hrs of shadowing an optometrist
    - President of my religious group for my senior year (secretary for the club in my junior yr)
    - 220 hrs of volunteering (120 were in a pre-surgery care unit)
    - Teaching Assistant for my junior & senior yr
    - 160 hrs of tutoring

    I hope to get into SUNY--but I don't mind where I get in as long as I get in somewhere. I'm taking my OAT in later October.

    What do you guys think I should aim to get on my OAT? Thanks in advance for your help! :)
     
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  2. Snakedoctor1

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    Aim for a 400?
     
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  3. Meeehai

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    I don't think you'll have any problems getting in. Your stats make you competitive for medical school as well, if that's something you want to pursue.
     
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  4. ar94

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    Thank you--I thought about medical school but I didn't like any of the subfields there as much as I did optometry. And thanks Snakedoctor--I'll keep that in mind xD !
     
  5. Snakedoctor1

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    Sorry for the sarcasm. I just mean shoot for the stars, baby.
     
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    Depends on which school you want to get into. With that gpa you could get by with a 320 for salus. I would aim for 330 or higher.
     
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  7. Snakedoctor1

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    If you get at least a 300 TS and AA, I would be dumbfounded if you didn't get into every single school you apply to.
     
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    320 and above
     
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    Thanks everyone--I really appreciate all your help! :D
     

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