• OAT® and Optometry School


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OAT® and Optometry School Resources

Free stratagies, guidance, practice and more

Your OAT score is more than just a formality in the admissions process. Optometry school admissions committees use your OAT score in conjunction with your college record to assess whether you have the academic foundation upon which to build a successful optometry career. Consequently, a high score on the OAT will have a direct, positive impact on your optometry school application.

Anatomy of the OAT

The Optometry Admission Test (OAT) is offered through Prometric and is developed by the American Dental Association for the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry. 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 skills needed by future optometrists in the following catagories:"

Reading Comprehension

This section tests your ability to find the main idea; process information; and read and understand dense passages ... Read more


The Physics section of the OAT tests topics including vectors, energy and momentum, thermodynamics, magnetism, and optics ... Read more

Quantitative Reasoning

You'll have 45 minutes to answer 50 stand-alone, multiple-choice questions. Tested topics include arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry ... Read more


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Practice & Events

You know the old saying “practice makes perfect”? Well, it couldn’t be more true when it comes to a high-stakes, standardized test like the OAT. Kaplan offers many free OAT practice opportunities online and in live events throughout the country. How will you do on the OAT? Let’s find out.

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Must Know Facts

Are you ready to start preparing for the OAT? Here are four important facts you should know before Test Day ... Read more

Admissions Advice

Whether you want to focus on the clinical practice, research or teaching branches of optometry, you'll need to get your doctor of optometry (O.D.) first. The application process for a four-year optometry program is similar to that of many other graduate programs. In order to be considered for an accredited program, you'll need to have completed your undergraduate degree at a four-year college or university, as well as provide scores for the OAT.

Why Optometry?

Optometry is an excellent field to work in, and you've chosen a great time to get started! ... Read more

Test Strategy

Ready to prep for the OAT? Check out these test taking strategies from our Kaplan experts.

Your OAT Score

The OAT is given a scaled score of 200-400, 300 being the median representing the 50th percentile. Separate subscores are ... Read more

Test Strategies

On some tests, if a question seems particularly difficult, you spend significantly more time on it, since you'll probably be ... Read more

Five Questions

Are you ready to start applying to optometry school? Know the answers to these five questions before you start ... Read more

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