Taking a gap year was the best decision I’ve made during my application process. Instead of rushing to fit a certain timeline, I decided to take a mental break from school and spend more time expanding my patient care experience. This extra time before optometry school helped me become a better prepared and more confident applicant when completing my applications.
Lots of Other Things On Your Plate While Studying for the OAT? Here’s My Advice from SCCO Student Ambassador, Kaitlyn Tsou
Preparing for the OAT, a webinar recommended by ASCO (American Schools and Colleges of Optometry) and hosted on SHPEPconnect.
Anytime I meet an applicant who scores well on the OAT, I ask him or her to write a how-to article on how he or she prepared to take it. This is such an article. You can’t get much better than the top score of 400 in every […]
I’m eager to pass along any resource that will help optometry school applicants—especially those that will help students score well on the OAT. This is such a resource. It is written by a young man, though a non-traditional student who despite his confessed anxiety about the process, scored […]
My Unofficial Study Guide to the OAT by Colin Leung, SCCO Class of 2022 This study guide was written by a SCCO student from the incoming class Fall 2018 who successfully took the OAT. Colin calls it his “Unofficial Guide to the OAT.” In it, he reports both […]
his article was written by a young man, Paul Hill, who will be applying to optometry school in the upcoming admissions cycle. I asked him to write this article because of the terrific success he had taking the OAT. I’ve asked his permission to report that he scored a 390 in the Academic Average and a 400 in the Total Science sections. With such solid scores, of course I asked him if he would share his OAT preparation method.
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.
Tips for successfully taking the OAT!
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 […]