Optometry Admission Test (OAT)

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

The OAT is an optometry admission test designed to provide optometry education programs with a means to assess program applicants’ potential for success. The OAT is administered year round by Prometric test centers in the United States, its territories (including Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) and Canada.

OAT Content Outline

Before starting the application process, read the OAT Guide. The OAT is comprised of multiple-choice test items presented in the English language. The test is developed according to established test specifications. The OAT consists of a battery of four tests on the following: Survey of the Natural Sciences, Physics, Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Reasoning. In the OAT, both the U.S. customary system and the metric system (Imperial System) of units are used.

OAT Test Preparation

The OAT program offers practice tests with questions written by actual OAT test constructors. The intent of the practice tests is to help candidates understand the types of questions that will be asked on the Optometry Admission Test (OAT). These practice tests feature the types of questions and question formats used in the actual test and will mirror the actual test specifications, although some modules/sections have fewer items.

Fee Waiver

In documented cases of severe financial hardship, a limited number of partial fee waivers are available to OAT examinees each calendar year (January – December). The partial fee waiver covers 50% of the OAT fee. The partial fee waiver does not apply to any charges associated with rescheduling/canceling a test date or score reporting after the time of initial application. Partial fee waivers are granted on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible examinees who have submitted the required documents.

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