Test Preparation Resources
Professional schools frequently require an entrance exam as part of the application process. These exams are typically taken in the spring, a year prior to starting professional school (i.e. spring of junior year, or senior year if taking a gap year).
It’s important to learn all you can about the required exam and utilize any official prep resources offered by the test administrators. We have included a list of common test prep resources at the end of this page to supplement your preparation; however, the CLAS Academic Advisors do not endorse one commercial test prep product over another.
- Princeton Review Practice Tests for MCAT, DAT and GRE, December 2 (must register by November 30, 2023)
Professional School Entrance Exams
- Dental Admissions Test (DAT) for Dental schools
- Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) for Allopathic, Osteopathic and Podiatry schools
- Optometry Admission Test (OAT) for Optometry schools
- Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) - no longer required by any Michigan pharmacy schools, but might be recommended. May be required by out-of-state schools
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) sometimes required for Veterinary schools (but no longer required by Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine)
How to prepare
Students should plan on spending around 3-4 months of preparation ahead of their test date. It is recommended to treat test prep like you would a 3-credit class in the amount of time you would put into studying for your exam. All courses relevant to the exam subject matter should be completed prior to taking the entrance exam.
Practice exams are proven to be one of the best ways to prepare. Starting with a practice exam can be used to create a baseline for beginning your studying. Once you have started your preparation, it is suggested to use additional practice exams to gauge if your study methods are effective. Lastly, use full-length practice tests from a variety of resources (including the official test administrator) so you can build testing stamina and become familiar with varied test content. See resources below for more information about practice exams.
Note: The CLAS Advising Center does not endorse a particular test prep product over another, but strives to educate students on reputable preparation resources available to them.