For optometry applicants, taking the OAT is inherently stressful. It just is. Even so, for some OAT test takers, there is excessive and unnecessary self-inflicted anxiety that can be avoided.
This article will explain what you can do before and during the OAT to help deal with the anxiety inherent in test taking.
What follows is a retrospective from an OAT test taker about the OAT. It was originally posted on SCCO’s Facebook Group for Pre-Optometry Students: This advice was given by a student who was accepted into SCCO. I don’t think she’d mind me telling you that she NAILED the […]
I always wanted to be an optometrist. Always. It started when I was just a kid with my geeky fascination for eyeglass frames and turned into a longing for a vital way to help not only patients but myself too. I look back now with 40 years in […]
Article Hosted on ASCO’s Blog: Eye On Optometry More and more, prospective students are considering adding residency training to their optometric education plan. Optometric residency is a one-year post-doctoral program where the resident sees patients in the areas of Cornea & Contact Lenses, Low Vision Rehabilitation, Ocular Disease, Primary […]
As an admissions officer, I consult with many who are justifiably concerned with the potential costs of an optometric education. Most pre-optometry students research programs’ websites and use the fee for tuition as the key indicator and thus the cost basis for comparison. This is a mistake. Annual tuition cannot be […]
It’s time to start working on your application for this year’s 2016-17 admissions cycle. To get you started, here’s a terrific article about applying through OptomCAS. The article provides tips on how to get your application completed, and then a detailed “roadmap” as to how your application will move […]
Your optometric education has a shelf life. Any doctor with a professional degree would agree with this statement–a statement that applies to your own future as well. When you graduate as a doctor of optometry, right away, like that shiny brand new car driven off the showroom floor, your […]
For most students, planning for optometry school will involve financial aid and therefore loans. Here’s an article hosted on ASCO’s (Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry) blog that should help get you started on formulating a strategy when it comes to financing your professional grad school education. For those […]
Here’s a recent Facebook conversation between SCCO students with a pre-optometry student regarding OAT test-preparation: Melisa G (pre-optometry student): I am debating on how to prepare for the OAT and I was wondering if someone could give me some advice based on their past experience with Kaplan or […]
The process of getting into optometry school is inherently anxiety producing. When combined with life’s other 24/7 stress and distractions, it’s no wonder that I get so many distress calls from applicants—especially about the OAT and the stress of objective test-taking. In the past, I would listen compassionately and […]