The OAT at a Glance

Quantitative Reasoning

On Physics section of the OAT, you'll have 45 minutes to answer 50 stand-alone, multiple-choice questions. (a little under a minute per question). Tested topics include arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.

The same strategy that is useful in the Natural Sciences applies here. Go with your strengths and answer the questions that are easiest for you. Mark the tough questions so you can come back to them at the end.

Sample OAT Quantitative Reasoning Question

A dining room table is selling at a 20% discount, which is $120 more than 50% of the list price. What is the list price of the table?

  1. $200
  2. $240
  3. $300
  4. $360
  5. $400


Answer & Explanation:

The answer is E.

A 20% discount is the same as 80% of list price. Converting the 80% and 50% values into decimals, we have .8 of list price and .5 of list price. Let's call list price "x." Set up an equation. .8x = .5x + 120. Simplifying, we get .3x = 120. Solve for x and you get $400 for the list price, which matches with (E).

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