Admission Tests


The Dental Admission Test is designed to measure general academic ability, comprehension of scientific information and perceptual ability. The test is administered on a computer almost daily and is required by all dental schools along with a standard application.It is broken down into four sections:  natural sciences, perceptual ability, reading comprehension and quantitative reasoning. Success on the test requires completion of at least one year of collegiate education, including courses in biology, general chemistry and organic chemistry. Dental schools suggest that applicants take the DAT in the year prior to enrollment.


The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a measurement of the general skills acquired throughout one's education. It is offered electronically at various testing centers year-round. The GRE is taken by all prospective graduate students and is a supplement to one's application materials. It includes four sections: critical thinking, analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning. Some schools or departments may require the General Test, a Subject Test, or both.


The MCAT is a standardized test designed to assess problem solving, critical thinking and writing skills along with general science concepts. The test is broken down into four sections:  verbal reasoning, physical sciences, writing sample and biological sciences. Most Drury students will take the test in May or June of their junior year, and it is mandatory that pre-med students take a prep course either at Drury or through an outside source. The MCAT provides medical schools with a quick way to compare students from schools all across the nation. Almost all medical schools require your MCAT scores to be submitted along with your application. The test is only offered two times a year, and most schools will only accept scores from the previous three years.


The Optometry Admission Test (OAT) is a standardized test designed to measure general academic ability and comprehension of scientific information. The OAT is computerized and prospective students may take it an unlimited number of times. However, only scores from the four most recent attempts as well as the number of times the test was taken will be reported.

The test consists of four sections: Survey of the Natural Sciences, Reading Comprehension, Physics, and Quantitative Reasoning. Success on the test requires at least one year of collegiate education, including courses in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. All schools of optometry require the OAT.


The Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) is a standardized exam designed to measure general academic ability in addition to scientific knowledge. The exam is offered at various test centers three times a year and is required by all pharmacy schools to supplement other application material.

It consists of six sections: verbal ability, biology, reading comprehension, quantitative ability, chemistry, and writing. Success on the test requires at least one year of collegiate education, with courses in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and mathematics.