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The Optometry Admission Test (OAT) is a standardized examination designed to measure general academic ability and comprehension of scientific information for admission to Optometry School.
The OAT consists of four tests: Survey of the Natural Sciences (Biology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry), Reading Comprehension, Physics, and Quantitative Reasoning. Review the OAT Examinee Guide for more detailed information on test sections and content.
- Content - Biology, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry
- Content - Vectors, energy & momentum, thermodynamics, magnetism, optics
- Content - Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry
- Content - Ability to find main idea, ability to process information, ability to read and understand dense passages
The OAT is given a scaled score of 200-400, with 300 being the median representing the 40-52 percentiles. Separate sub-scores are reported for Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Reading comprehension, and Quantitative Reasoning.
Application and Scheduling for the OAT
Scheduling your OAT date is a 2-part process. Before you start, review the OAT website in its entirety to understand the content, requirements, applicable fees, and scheduling
process for the test.
Test-takers will first apply for eligibility to take the OAT and receive a PIN. You will then schedule your test date through Prometric testing services using the PIN you have been issued. The OAT is not currently administered in Johnson City; nearby testing sites include Asheville, Knoxville, Greenville SC, Roanoke, and Charlotte. This is a 5-hour test and test-takers are advised to check in 30 minutes early, so plan accordingly. Test-takers are advised to schedule 2-3 months in advance to ensure availability of preferred test dates.
Your $390 test fee includes up to 5 score reports to the optometry schools you have designated on your application. Additional schools may be included for a fee of $34 each. You may also send your results to your pre-optometry advisor free of charge. We highly recommend that you do this!
A fee waiver is offered to first-time test takers who have demonstrated financial need and are receiving financial aid in college. The waiver covers half of the testing fee. Waivers are granted on a first-come, first-served basis starting in January, so apply early.
If you have a little test anxiety, you can opt into Prometric's test drive service, which allows you to go through the check-in process and answer sample questions using the computers in the testing center. This allows you to preview the facility and get used to the computer interface before you test. This optional service is $30. You can register here.
NOTE: To receive more information or register for the OAT, go to the following link provided by the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO).