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OAT: Complete Preparation for the Optometry Admission Test Paperback – March 15, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0781728409 ISBN-10: 0781728401

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (March 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781728401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781728409
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,287,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The MCAT Review book, on the other hand, was very helpful.
jaja06
On the other hand, if you really dont like someone in your class and would like them to fail at the OAT, by all means, buy a copy and leave it near their dorm room.
This book is poop
There are a couple of theory questions on the samples exams I have seen, but most of the questions require you to substitute variables and solve equations.
Socrates Maroudis

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is an "average" test preparer. What I like about it is that it does a good job describing the field of optometry, and what to expect, however the reviews of the subjects are not as helpful as one would want. The book often suggests that you review another book on a certain area/subject. It does have a complete OAT exam, and offers many techniques and tips for the reading comprehension section, and tips on time managment that will improve speed, which is one of the most important factors that can achieve a good score. This makes the book helpful. I recommend that people study MCAT reviews, because they go into detail when reviewing individual subjects, and can better prepare someone for the OAT exam. At least this book is worth getting because it is of the few books available for pre-optometry students who wish to know more about the exam and the general practice. By reviewing the book and taking to heart what they say about time management, and taking the practice exam, you will know what areas you need to improve on while preparing for the OAT, and what you can do to improve your time on the day of the real exam.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By jaja06 on October 21, 2002
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I hate to say this because I'm currently trying to sell my copy of this book on Amazon, but this book was not very helpful. Like the last review says, it's really just an outline with a few sample questions. Even the sample questions were nothing like what I just took, and the explanations of the answers were too brief to be helpful. There was a lot of BS about preparation and test taking strategies which was all common sense. It really seems like this book was just thrown together to make some money, not to help students. The MCAT Review book, on the other hand, was very helpful. I didn't even look at the sample questions, but I read over the organic chemistry sections the night before the OAT, and the organic part of the OAT was a breeze. I also used it last semester to study for my Chemistry final, which I aced! Obviously since it's not made for the OAT, some parts were irrelevant, but it was worth the buy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Socrates Maroudis on September 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
I am still trying to figure out how the authors of this book managed to include hundreds pages of text with so little review material. If you are buying this book because you want a condensed review of the topics on OAT exam then don't. For all the sections except physics, and quantitative reasoning, it just gives outline and a few sample questions. You can get similar outlines for the sections when you get your OAT application. Some optometry schools also list the topics covered in the exam on their web site. You are much better off just getting out your school books or buying discipline specific review material for all the sections. If this book was the only resource you had to study for the test then you would utterly fail. The physics portion of the book has the most review material, but manages to leave out extremely important equations for linear motion, motion in two directions, torques, etc. Instead it gives cryptic descriptions of these topics which aren't very useful in an exam setting. There are a couple of theory questions on the samples exams I have seen, but most of the questions require you to substitute variables and solve equations. Also, i did the physics section of their sample OAT exam. In no way would that section ever be on the test. I have a BS in engineering and physics is one of my better subjects. I struggled with the section and was not able to finish it in the alloted time. It was very difficult and even required solving a quadratic equation to answer one of the questions. I took the physics portion of the test under timed conditions from sample exams included in the application packet and the Top-score pro software. They were more realistic to questions on a real OAT exam. It is a shame that this book is the only OAT specific book that I know of. For people who have to study for the exam at the last minute don't expect this book to be very helpful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
Well, the book does have information in it that can be useful. But what gets me is that the cover explicitly says 2001 OAT prep, but as soon as you open the front cover you see that they have just put a new cover on the 2000 edition. Even the dates that are listed in there were incorrect. The test questions were OK, but upon cross referencing with my other study materials, i found that every single problem in the book was also listed in the MCAT prep guide from a few years ago, and the MCAT book gave explanations to the solutions while this book did not. Bottom line - If you have nothing else to use, this book is OK. If you're serious, get other books which have better explanations for problems and give better background on the material.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is definitely NOT "Complete Preparation for the OAT." It offers useless generic advice such as not studying late at night. The actual review material is condensed to a few pages and an outline of every topic tested. The instruction even tell you that you can purchase thier MCAT book for more information. All in all, there is nothing in this worthless book that is of any use.
I suggest the Exam Kracker series of MCAT books. They have thourough coverage of Bio, Chem, Organic Chemk, Physics and Math. The books are clear and concise and use figures to illustrate the text. Also, review questions are found at the end of every section to gauge understanding. Although these books are a bit more expensive in all, it is worth it.
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