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) DAT Bootcamp
DAT Bootcamp? I thought we were talking about the OAT?
Yep, you heard me right. When I was preparing for the OAT, I was lucky enough to find 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.
So I used DAT Bootcamp to study for the OAT for Chemistry, Ochem, Bio, Reading Comp, and Quantitative Reasoning. 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).