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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.

Test Sections

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 section.

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 score report.


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 quantitative reasoning.


Applications are available at the University of Scranton, or from the following:

Optometric Admission Testing Program
211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 1846
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.
An Optometric-Related Web Resource:

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry
6110 Executive Boulevard, Suite 690
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: (301) 231-5944

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