Should I Self-Study or Take an OAT Prep Course?

This is one of the first questions people ask themselves when they begin to study for the OAT is “should I self-study or take an OAT prep course?” It depends on your studying style. There are students who are successful both ways.

One of the advantages of a commercial OAT prep course, like Kaplan OAT, is that it’s all preset and designed ready to go, so there is no work on your side to research what to do and what to study.

The downsides are

  1. Price Tag – It can be quite costly at $1300+
  2. Stale Material – Big companies tend to reuse the same material year after year, and not improve their product much over time

The advantages of self-study are:

  1. More Affordable – It’s significantly more affordable and provides better OAT prep course materials.
  2. Score Better – Most importantly, I think students that self-study score better because they motivate themselves to study, and thus take ownership of their study experience.

The downside is that you can get off course if you don’t have a good plan, so you’ll have to spend time designing your own study plan.

To overcome this, you could use a site like DAT Bootcamp (I’ve linked this to the OAT Version). You can use our 10 Week Study Schedule that tells you exactly what to do every day, but is much more affordable than a typical commercial OAT prep course.  Use code OAT2020 for 10% off your subscription.

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OAT Prep Courses

Knowing which OAT test prep courses are right for you is half the battle. Here are the main resources I’ve either used or heard of, ranked in order.

1) OAT Version of DAT Bootcamp 

The DAT (Dental Admissions Test) and OAT are both administered by the ADA, and are nearly identical. The only difference is that the OAT has a Physics section in place of one of the DAT sections.

Bootcamp was exactly what I needed. What I liked about Bootcamp::

  • There are tons of exam-like practice questions and solutions for you to learn from.
  • Built in 10 week OAT Study Schedule
  • Bootcamp is founded and run by students, for students, so they truly care about how YOU do on the test.

You can go here to try the OAT Version of DAT Bootcamp for free! When you create an account, you can access a portion of the material for free.  To upgrade, it costs $497 for a 90 day subscription You can get 10% off your subscription if you use this code: OAT2020

Here’s a score report from a recent student I saw who used the OAT version of DAT Bootcamp, Theresa:

 

Other people love Bootcamp too. You can also see other reviews of DAT Bootcamp here: https://datbootcamp.com/customer-reviews/

2) Chad’s Videos

Chad’s videos are generally very liked by all students I have talked to, and have been directly recommended to me by admissions officers. The best part … they are free! (well, there is a small fee if you want his quizzes included). I don’t think they constitute a full OAT test prep resource, but I’ve heard of lots of people using them to supplement their other resources.

3) Kaplan OAT Book

The Kaplan OAT book is pretty good. I used the Kaplan OAT book as a supplement to help me study for the OAT. The book comes with 2 OAT practice tests, which are pretty realistic. The OAT practice tests alone are worth $40. Even with the OAT practice tests, the book in itself is not really enough to do well on the OAT unless you are a genius or really want to go super low-budget.

The Kaplan OAT test prep courses start at $1300 and goes up to $5000+. I don’t think this is a wise investment when there are other solutions that are equally good if not much better for way less.

4) OAT Destroyer

The OAT Destroyer is a popular print-only set of questions for all OAT topics. OAT Destroyer + OAT Physics will run you about $315. If I had to go back again, I don’t think I would use Destroyer because the questions are much harder than most you’ll see on the actual OAT. It’s not like you’re wasting your time, but your your time could be better spent doing more realistic problems and getting them down solid. In the end, I think this would be more beneficial for your score (and your sanity).

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