Preparing for the OAT?

Important facts you should know before Test Day.

All schools and colleges of optometry require candidates to submit OAT scores for admissions.

The OAT is designed to predict general academic ability and measure the two skills needed by future optometrists: Scientific knowledge and analytical ability. It does this by testing your knowledge of physics, chemistry and biology; your reading comprehension ability; and your quantitative reasoning skills.

The OAT is divided into 4 separate tests.

  • Survey of Natural Sciences
    90 minutes to complete 100 questions on biology, inorganic, and organic chemistry
  • Reading Comprehension
    50 minutes to complete 40 questions that will test your ability to find the main idea, process information, and read and understand dense passages
  • Physics
    50 minutes to complete 40 questions on vectors, energy and momentum, thermodynamics, magnetism, and optics
  • Quantitative Reasoning
    45 minutes to complete 40 questions on arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry

The average score on the OAT is 300.

You will receive scaled scores for Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Reasoning, Physics, separate scores for the Survey of Natural Sciences (SNS) subtests—biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry—and a score for the entire SNS. The Academic Average Score is the average of all scaled scores except SNS. Scores are reported on a 200-400 scale; average score is 300, representing the 40th-52nd percentile.

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