The graduate program requirement varies by school. Students will need to check the admissions requirement for each school to which they plan to apply as requirements do vary. Some programs also require observational hours as part of admission.
Generally, most students take:
Please check with each program to see which exam is required for admission. Not all programs require exams.
The GRE has six sections:
When should I take the GRE?
Students should take the GRE when they feel ready. Generally, the GRE is taken your junior year of college. Scores need to be back in time to meet the program deadlines.
Create a study plan for the GRE:
Step 1: Gather Information about GRE
Step 2: Take a practice test
Step 3: Gather study materials
Step 4: Make a study calendar
Step 5: Study!
Step 6: Prepare for test day
How many times should I take the GRE?
Ideally, you should take the GRE once when you are prepared. Students may decide to re-test to improve their score. Check with the individual program to see how they will consider your scores for admission.
How long are GRE scores valid?
GRE scores are valid for up to five years from your test date. Students should verify with each program if they will need newer scores.
Is the exam expensive?
The GRE exam costs $205.
The Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) application opens in July and closes a year later in June. Students need to review the OTCAS calendar to ensure they are meeting OTCAS application deadlines. Each program will also have its own deadline in which materials need to be submitted to OTCAS.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to check the deadline for each school. If schools offer rolling admission, then it is best to apply early. Students who apply after November may have a harder time gaining admission as seats may be filled.
OTCAS GPA factors in all coursework taken, regardless of the college or university’s forgiveness policy.
Students who face financial hardship may be eligible to receive a fee waiver to help with the cost of application.