The OAT at a Glance

Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning section tests your proficiency in mathematics and assesses your problem-solving skills. The questions you encounter on this section range from simple arithmetic to more advanced trigonometric problems.

To succeed on Quantitative Reasoning, you need to understand basic mathematical concepts and show proficiency in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and word problems. On the test you'll have 45 minutes to answer 40 questions—any of which could draw from these topics.

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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