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Week 8 Standardized Test Preparation. Kent L. Barrus Pre-professional Advisor. Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation. Why Take Standardized Tests?. Grades Don’t Tell the Whole Story The Great Equalizer of Undergraduate Education

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week 8 standardized test preparation
Week 8Standardized Test Preparation

Kent L. BarrusPre-professional Advisor

bio 311 professional school preparation
Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

Why Take Standardized Tests?

  • Grades Don’t Tell the Whole Story
    • The Great Equalizer of Undergraduate Education
    • More Important for Students Graduating from Schools not Well Known or Schools Who’s Reputation is Less than Other Schools.
  • Determine the Test Taking Ability of an Applicant.
    • Will you Do Well on Medical School Exams?
    • Will you Do Well on a Licensing Exam?
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

What are the Different Tests?

  • MCAT
    • Allopathic
    • Osteopathic
    • Podiatry
    • Some Veterinary and Pharmacy Schools
  • DAT - Dental
  • OAT - Optometry
  • PCAT – Pharmacy
  • VCAT – Veterinary (No Longer Offered)
  • GRE – Graduate Schools
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

MCAT Essentials

  • When to Take the Test
    • April 17th or August 14th
    • Deadlines: March 12th or July 9th
  • Where to Take the Test
    • Idaho – Albertsons College (Caldwell), University of Idaho (Moscow), Idaho State University (Pocatello)
    • Utah – Utah State University, Southern Utah University, Weber State University, Brigham Young University, University of Utah
  • Costs
    • Regular Exam Fee - $185.00
    • Miscellaneous Fees ranging from $10 to $60
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

MCAT Essentials

  • How and Where to Register for the Test
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

MCAT Scope of the Exam

  • Verbal Reasoning (VR)
    • 65 Questions
    • Score 1 to 15
    • 85 Minutes
  • Physical Sciences (PS)
    • 77 Questions
    • Score 1 to 15
    • 100 Minutes
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

MCAT Scope of the Exam

  • Biological Sciences (BS)
    • 77 Questions
    • Score 1 to 15
    • 100 Minutes
  • Writing Sample (WS)
    • 2 Questions
    • Score of J to T
    • 60 Minutes
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

MCAT Preparation

  • Self Study
    • Class Notes
    • Preparation Books
    • AAMC Website
  • Study Groups
    • Draw from the skills and knowledge of other
    • Support to reach the goal
    • May slow the pace of learning down
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

MCAT Preparation

  • Commercial Courses
    • Very Expensive
    • Helps you create a course of study
    • Built in financial motivation
    • Sense of confidence that you have done all you can do to prepare
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

DAT Essentials

  • When to Take the Test
    • Any time of the year
    • Give yourself at least 3 weeks to register
  • Where to Take the Test
    • Idaho – Boise Sylvan Learning Center
    • Utah – Ogden, Orem, or Salt Lake City Sylvan Learning Center
  • Costs
    • Regular Exam Fee - $160.00
      • Score Sent to 5 schools, NOT AADSAS.
      • Additional score reports are $10 per school.
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

DAT Essentials

  • How and Where to Register for the Test
    • Registration is good for 12 months
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

DAT Scope of the Exam

  • Survey of Natural Sciences
    • 90 Minutes
    • Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry
  • Perceptual Ability
    • 60 Minutes
    • Angle discrimination, form development cubes, paper folding, etc.
  • Scoring of the Test
    • Standard scores range from 1 to 30. 17 is considered average.
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

DAT Scope of the Exam

  • Reading Comprehension
    • 60 Minutes
    • Read, organize, analyze, and remember new information
  • Quantitative Reasoning
    • 45 Minutes
    • Mathematics, Numerical Calculations, Conversions, Probability and Statistics, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Word Problems
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

DAT Preparation

  • Self Study
    • Class Notes
    • Preparation Books
    • ADA Website
    • Other Online
  • Study Groups
  • Commercial Courses
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

OAT Essentials

  • COMPUTERIZED IN 2004
  • When to Take the Test
    • February 7th 2004 and October 16th 2004
    • Deadlines: December 29th and September 7th
  • Where to Take the Test
    • Idaho – Idaho State University
    • Utah – Weber State (Ogden) or BYU (Provo)
  • Costs
    • Regular Exam Fee - $130.00
      • Score Sent to 5 schools.
      • Additional score reports are $10 per school.
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

OAT Essentials

  • How and Where to Register for the Test
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

OAT Scope of the Exam

  • Survey of Natural Sciences
    • 90 Minutes
    • Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry
  • Reading Comprehension
    • 50 Minutes
    • Read, organize, analyze, and remember new information
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

OAT Scope of the Exam

  • Physics
    • 50 Minutes
  • Quantitative Reasoning
    • 45 Minutes
    • Mathematics, Algebra, Probability and Statistics, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Word Problems
  • Scoring of the Test
    • Standard scores range from 200 to 400. 300 is considered average.
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

OAT Preparation

  • Self Study
    • Class Notes
    • Preparation Books
    • OPTED Website
    • Other Online
  • Study Groups
  • Commercial Courses
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

PCAT Essentials

  • When to Take the Test
    • January 24th 2004, March 27th 2004, and October 25th 2004
    • Deadlines: December 5th, February 13th, and September 12th
  • Where to Take the Test
    • Idaho – Idaho State University
    • Utah – Weber State (Ogden) or BYU (Provo)
  • Costs
    • Regular Exam Fee - $69.00
      • Score Sent to 1, 2, or 3 schools.
      • Must arrange for PCAT score to be sent to PharmCAS if applying to PharmCAS schools.
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

PCAT Essentials

  • Register By Mail
    • Application Packet
  • Register Online
    • Only For March Test 2004 and later.
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

PCAT Scope of the Exam

  • 300 multiple-choice questions with 3½ hours to take it.
  • Verbal Ability
    • 50 Questions
  • Quantitative Ability
    • 65 Questions
    • No Trig or Calculus
  • Biology
    • 50 Questions
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

PCAT Scope of the Exam

  • Chemistry
    • 60 Minutes
  • Reading Comprehension
    • 45 Questions
  • Additional Experimental Section
    • You will not know which section is experimental
  • Scoring of the Test
    • Standard scores range from 100 to 300. 200 is considered average.
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

PCAT Preparation

  • Self Study
    • Class Notes
    • Preparation Books
    • PCATWEB Website
  • Study Groups
  • Commercial Courses
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

GRE Essentials

  • When to Take the Test
    • Any time of the year
    • Deadlines: December 5th, February 13th, and September 12th
  • Where to Take the Test
    • Idaho – Pocatello, Boise
    • Utah – Ogden
  • Costs
    • Regular Exam Fee - $115
      • Score Sent to 4 institutions.
      • Additional Score Report $15 per Institution.
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

GRE Essentials

  • Register By Mail
    • Application Packet in CAC
  • Register by Phone
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

GRE Scope of the Exam

  • 300 multiple-choice questions with 3½ hours to take it.
  • Verbal Ability
    • Analyze and evaluate written material
    • Analyze sentence relationships
    • Recognize word and concept relationships
  • Quantitative Ability
    • Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis
    • Reason Quantitatively
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

GRE Scope of the Exam

  • Analytical Writing
    • Essay Portion
    • 45 minute “Present your perspective on an issue”
    • 30 minute “Analyze an Argument”
  • Scoring of the Test
    • Verbal Score 200-800 in 10-point increments
    • Quantitative Score 200-800 in 10-point increments
    • Analytical Writing Score 0-6 in half-point increments
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

GRE Scope of the Exam

  • GRE Subject Tests
    • Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Literature in English
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Psychology
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

GRE Preparation

  • Self Study
    • Class Notes
    • Preparation Books
    • GRE Website
  • Study Groups
  • Commercial Course
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

Test Taking Skills

  • Pace Yourself
    • Don’t forgo answering easy questions because you spent to much time on harder questions.
  • Mark up the Test Booklet (for paper-based tests)
    • Underline important points
    • Strike through wrong answers
    • Make calculations or drawings
  • Read the Entire Question Carefully
    • Don’t make an assumption as to the answer with thoroughly reading the question.
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

Test Taking Skills

  • Use the ‘dot’ method
    • Put a small dot on the answer sheet for a question that will require significant time to answer.
    • Put a question mark next to this question in the test booklet.
    • If you run out of time on the test, you can go back quickly and fill in the answer sheet where you placed the dot.
    • This helps reduce the possibility of missing questions due to totally random guessing.
    • Helps prevent frame shifting errors.
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

Test Taking Skills

  • Answer Every Question
    • Unlike the SAT, there are no penalties for guessing.
    • Your first instinct is more likely to be correct.
    • Don’t change answers unless it is obvious that you misinterpreted the question.
  • Approximate the answer
    • If the possible answers differ significantly from each other it is possible to approximate for quicker calculations.
    • Adjust the numbers to be calculated by rounding off or move to a close number with a known trig function.
    • With most problems you will be able to tell which answer is a reasonable estimate.
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

Test Taking Skills

  • For Reading and Verbal Tests
    • Answer the question only on the basis of the information given, NOT from prior knowledge.
    • Sometimes reading the questions and answers first can alert you as to what you should be looking for in the passage to be read.
  • For the Writing Sample
    • Practice, Practice, Practice.
    • Read the Op-Ed pieces in major newspapers.
    • Typical Structure
      • Explain what the statement means
      • Describe some situation in which you disagree with the statement
      • Provide justification for your disagreement.
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

Test Taking Skills

  • For Reading and Verbal Tests
    • Answer the question only on the basis of the information given, NOT from prior knowledge.
    • Sometimes reading the questions and answers first can alert you as to what you should be looking for in the passage to be read.
  • For the Writing Sample
    • Practice, Practice, Practice.
    • Read the Op-Ed pieces in major newspapers.
    • Typical Structure
      • Explain what the statement means
      • Describe some situation in which you disagree with the statement
      • Provide justification for your disagreement.
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

Test Taking Skills

  • Study for the test like you would a 4 credit class.
    • There are no ‘tricks’ or ‘strategies’ that can substitute for knowledge of a subject.
  • Get a good nights sleep
  • Arrive in plenty of time so you are not hurried.
  • Eat well before the test and during.
  • If you are a poor standardized test taker, you can improve.
    • Visit the Learning Assistance Lab
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Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation

Should You Retake a Test?

  • Are your scores consistent with your grades?
  • Did you prepare adequately for the test?
  • Will you have the time and motivation to prepare for a second test?
  • Doing the same or worse a second time will hurt you.
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