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Study Tips from a Successful OAT Test-Taker and SCCO Student

March 16, 2018

Tips for successfully taking the OAT!

OAT Practice Tests Available Online

Newly available are OAT practice tests, electronic versions put out by the agency who administers the OAT.

Super Advice from an OAT Test Taker!

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 OAT—she received excellent scores in every section…. Read More ›

OAT Prep Recommendation: Chad’s Videos

I’ve received an endorsement of Chad’s Videos from an applicant who performed very well on the OAT.  I thought her comments were worthy of a blog article. This applicant explained that at SCCO’s Spring Admissions Open House, she heard a SCCO student endorse these videos/teaching tool explaining that it was the preferred method she used to prepare to take… Read More ›

OAT Preparation on a Budget

Another great information exchange on the topic of preparing to take the OAT came together on the SCCO’s Pre-Optometry Facebook Group page, spearheaded by 2nd year student, Michael Goering. I asked him to reproduce it for the Blog and so here it is… My name is Michael Goering and I’m a second year student at SCCO/MBKU…. Read More ›

How a Successful OAT-Taker Prepared

Here’s a post taken from Student Doctor Dot Net where a successful OAT test-taker outlines her strategy of how she prepared before and even on test day. Realize I have no way to validate this information, but I am simply reposting what she self-reported in this online forum. As a contextual reference for how she… Read More ›

OAT Prep: Test Takers’ Opinions on Kaplan, OAT Destroyer & Chad’s Videos

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 OAT Destroyer? Did you feel studying… Read More ›

OAT Test-Taking Anxiety? Try Mindfulness

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 offer what I thought were practical tips… Read More ›

OAT Preparation: A Pre-Optometry Student’s Perspective

Here’s a TERRIFIC series of articles written by Jade McLachlin, a pre-optometry student and founding officer for the Grant MacEwan Pre-Optometry Club, at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton Alberta, Canada. She goes into great detail in this article series: Part I: Courses and Registering to Take the OAT Part II: Studying and Practicing for the OAT Part III:… Read More ›

OAT Reading Comprehension: Preparation Advice from OAT Test Takers

These are answers to a question a student who is preparing to take the OAT had about how to best prepare for the Reading Comprehension section.  It is taken from SCCO’s Facebook Group for Pre-optometry Students: Question:  So I’m having trouble studying for the reading comprehension section of the OAT.  I understand how to study for all of… Read More ›

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