Optometry Admission Test Information
The Optometry Admission Test (OAT) is a standardized multiple-choice exam required by all schools and colleges of optometry. It is designed to measure general academic ability and comprehension of scientific information. The OAT consists of four tests: Survey of the Natural Sciences (Biology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry), Reading Comprehension, Physics, and Quantitative Reasoning. Most students complete two or more years of college prior to taking the examination, which includes courses in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics.
OAT scores range from a 200-400 with a score of 300 being the mean. UIWRSO recommends a minimum overall OAT score of a 300. The higher the scores are above a 300 the more competitive an applicant becomes. Scores are reported directly to the school or college of optometry which the student designates of the OAT registration.
The OAT is administered as a computerized examination at Prometric Test Centers throughout the United States and Canada. The computer version is given continuously on an individually arranged basis. For detailed information about the OAT testing process, please visit http://www.ada.org/en/oat.