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Optometry Admission Test

ABOUT THE OAT

Why take the OAT? The OAT is required by ALL optometry schools and is administered year round by Prometric test centers as a computerized exam.

Cost: $450 registration fee, which includes scores sent during registration for up to 5 schools. Scores sent to additional schools costs $36 per school.

Test Dates: All year

Computerized: Yes

Length: 4 hours and 50 minutes

Scores: 200-400 per section (325 = avg. score for admission at Michigan College of Optometry)

Important Notes: NO penalty for guessing

Unofficial test score report and explanation received immediately upon completion of OAT no other score report will be sent to the examinee. Official scores released to schools 3-4 weeks later.

Examinees must wait 90 days between testing attempts. Applicants who have three or more OAT attempts must apply for permission to test again. From that point forward, they may retest only once per 12-month period.


TEST SECTIONS

SURVEY OF NATURAL SCIENCES

  • Questions: 100
  • Number of Minutes: 90
  • Score: 200-400
  • Topics Covered: Biology, general chemistry, organic Chemistry

READING COMPREHENSION

  • Questions: 40
  • Number of Minutes: 50
  • Score: 200-400
  • Topics Covered: Visit http://www.ada.org/en/oat for topics information

PHYSICS TEST

  • Questions: 40
  • Number of Minutes: 50
  • Score: 200-400
  • Topics Covered: Physics

QUANTITATIVE REASONING

  • Questions: 40
  • Number of Minutes: 45
  • Score: 200-400
  • Topics Covered: Algebra, fractions, decimals, percentages, probability & statistics, geometry, trigonometry & word problems

Test Preparation

MSU Pre-Health advisors do not endorse any specific test prep resource, but we encourage you to explore each of the different options to determine which will best fit your needs.


Additional Information

Please see the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry website for more information and details regarding the OAT.