November 25, 2013 | POSTED BY | Events., Pre-Optometry School
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Understand that the day you take the OAT you will get nervous! No matter how much you studied, you’re still going to get that nauseous feeling (in my case I almost felt like I was going to throw up!). You prepared hard for this day and you will do phenomenal. If this isn’t the case, just remember you can always re-take it. Some schools will just take your overall best score in each subject, which could make for an AWESOME OAT score in the end.

The OAT:

1. Survey of natural sciences

  • 90 minutes
  • Biology (40 questions)
  • Chemistry (30 questions)
  • Organic Chemistry (30 questions)

2. Reading Comprehension Test

  • 50 minutes
  • 3 readings (40 questions)
  • Ensure to watch your time when answering questions
  • 15 minute break. Take the break! It is important to take the break to refresh yourself, as you will need it for the next math based parts.
  • Calm yourself down, you’re almost done and doing well!

3. Physics Test

  • 50 minutes
  • 40 questions

4. Quantitative Reasoning Test

  • 45 minutes
  • 40 questions
  • Most time consuming

Provided at the test site:

  • A computer at which you will be completing the test on
  • Two sheets of graphing laminated paper with black marker (you cannot erase any writings that you have on there)
  • Sound cancelling headphones
  • Tissue paper if needed
  • Locker to lock your items in


What to bring to the test:

  • 2 pieces of ID:
  • Both require signatures, and one
  •  must be photo ID.
  • Food/drink: You cannot bring your food or drink into the center, but you can leave it outside and use it at any time during your exam (just remember that you cannot stop your exam for a break, unless it’s the 15 minute break provided).
  • Layers: It tends to get warm in the center that you’re taking your test in, so I would dress in layers. A individual will come in and take your extra clothing from you if you get too hot and place it outside for you.

At the end of the exam the computer will provide you with your total score on the OAT (200-400 points). It will then break down the sections that you completed, showing you your scores in each section. Optometry schools like to see a 300 or higher in your sciences and an overall 300 on the OAT, however, individuals have been accepted with a 270 on the OAT.

Pat yourself on the back, no matter how you did on the OAT, you finished, and if you’re not happy with your score at least you know what to improve on the next time you take it.

GOOD LUCK and I hope that this series about the OAT has helped! Please share any tips you have for the OAT exam day in the comments below!