OAT: Optometry Admissions Test
Developed by the American Optometry Association, the OAT measures
your science knowledge and analytical ability. Administered in
February and October, it lasts from 9am to 1pm.
NATURAL SCIENCES: Covers biology (40 questions), general chemistry
(30 questions), and organic chemistry (30 questions). You have 90
minutes to complete 100 questions.
PHYSICS TEST: Includes 40 questions covered in 50 minutes. It
measures your knowledge of vectors, energy and momentum, waves,
thermodynamics, magnetism, and optics.
READING COMPREHENSION: Includes 50 questions and usually requires 50
minutes of testing time. Questions, based on three reading passages
(between 1,200 and 1,500 words each), relate to basic or clinical
science. You do not need prior scientific knowledge to complete this
QUANTITATIVE REASONING: Consists of 50 questions answered in 45
minutes. This section measures your mastery of arithmetic, algebra,
geometry, and trigonometry.
An UNSCORED SECTION lasts about 25 minutes and can include science,
math, or physics questions. Sample questions will not affect your
The OAT is scored on a scale
from 200 to 400, with an average score of 320. The score reports
include separate subscores for the different sections: biology,
general chemistry, organic chemistry, reading comprehension, and
Applications are available at
the University of Scranton, or from the following:
211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite
Chicago, Illinois 60611-2678
Phone (312) 440-2693
Office hours are Monday
through Friday, 8:30am to 5:30pm (Central Standard Time).
Selected information is
available from a recording on a 24-hour basis. Your OAT app lication
will arrive with a packet of "Optometry Admission Test Preparation
Materials," including a full sample OAT exam.
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Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry
6110 Executive Boulevard, Suite 690
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: (301) 231-5944