OAT (Optometry Admission Test)

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.

Natural Sciences
+  Time -  90 minutes
+  Length -  100 multiple-choice questions
+  Content -  Biology, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry

Reading Comprehension
+  Time -  50 minutes
+  Length -  40 multiple-choice questions
+  Content -  Ability to find main idea, ability to process information, ability to read and understand dense passages

Physics
+  Time -  50 minutes
+  Length -  40 multiple-choice questions
+  Content -  Vectors, energy & momentum, thermodynamics, magnetism, optics

Quantitative Reasoning
+  Time -  45 minutes
+  Length -  40 multiple-choice questions
+  Content -  Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry

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. 

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) to review the OAT testing program.  OAT information was gathered by this website.





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