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Standardized Exams

Taking the Optometry Admission Test (OAT)

About the OAT Exam

The Optometry Admission Test (OAT) is a standardized examination designed to measure general academic ability and comprehension of scientific information.

The OAT® scores are reported in four sections:

  • Natural Sciences (Biology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry)
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Physics
  • Quantitative Reasoning

While all optometry schools require examinees to participate in the OAT program, test results are only one factor considered in evaluating the admission potential of an examinee. 

For detailed information about the OAT Exam, go to the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO).