I’ve received a few dozen emails over the past couple of months from students taking the OAT, asking if DAT Bootcamp could help them.
Can DAT Bootcamp help me prepare for the OAT (Optometry Admission Test)?
Short answer: Yes!
Students have found DAT Bootcamp very helpful in studying for the OAT for the sciences, the quantitative reasoning section, and reading comprehension. The reason is the OAT is written by the ADA, who are the same exact people that write the DAT. The scope and style of questions between both exams is identical. The OAT website is even hosted by the ADA here: http://www.ada.org/en/oat
What are the differences between the DAT and the OAT?
To start, there are a few key differences between the DAT and the OAT:
- The OAT does not test perceptual ability.
- In place of perceptual ability, the OAT tests Physics, where the student is tested on topics such as vectors, energy and momentum, thermodynamics.
The DAT and the OAT cover the exact same material in the biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry sections (1). Given that DAT Bootcamp has developed high quality questions for the DAT, students preparing for the OAT have found they translate very well for preparing for the OAT.
Reviews of DAT Bootcamp from students who took the OAT:
Here is what students have said after using DAT Bootcamp for the OAT:
I was familiar with your 10 week study schedule as being a tried and true method of preparing for the DAT. Understanding that the OAT is set up the same as the DAT in all but one subject, I figured this schedule should work for me as well.
So I followed your schedule more or less but whenever it said to practice PAT, I did physics. I just found as many physics practice tests I could online to cover that section.
I was hesitant to buy a Bootcamp subscription as a non-dental student. But when I got a DAT Bootcamp account, I did the practice tests. These practice tests were amazing. I have been nonstop recommending to other OAT students the value your study schedule has.
– Tyler S., happy DAT Bootcamp customer
1 – http://www.ada.org/~/media/OAT/Files/oat_examinee_guide.pdf?la=en