There are many online resources available to students in pre-professional programs. The links listed below are meant to serve as supplemental resources to those offered by UMBC’s PreMedical and PreDental Advising Office.
Dental Admission Test (DAT) Resources
The DAT measures general academic ability, comprehension of scientific information, and perceptual ability. It consists of four tests: Survey of Natural Sciences (Biology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry), Perceptual Ability (visualizing in three dimensions, angle discrimination), Reading Comprehension (ability to find the main idea, ability to process information, ability to read and understand dense passages), and Quantitative Reasoning (basic math, word problems, algebra, numerical calculations, geometry, and trigonometry).
Specific Content of each area tested in the DAT may be found in Appendix E of the DAT Guide.
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) Resources
Optometry Admission Test (OAT) Resources
The OAT measures general academic ability and comprehension of scientific information. It consists of four tests: Survey of Natural Sciences (Biology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry), Reading Comprehension (ability to find main idea, ability to process information, ability to read and understand dense passages), Physics (vectors, energy and momentum, thermodynamics, magnetism, optics), and Quantitative Reasoning (arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry).
Veterinary Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Resources
The GRE General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills that are not related to any specific field of study.
Cost and Financing Resources
Each edition of the Official Guide to Dental Schools, an annual publication of the American Dental Education Association contains a chapter on “Financing Your Dental Education.” Copies of ADEA’s Official Guide to Dental Schools are available at UMBC’s Albin O. Kuhn Library. Students may also purchase their own copy from ADEA or log onto each individual dental school’s website. We also encourage students to review the information contained at AAMC’s FIRST (Financial Information, Resources, Services, and Tools).