Optometry Admission Test (OAT)
The OAT is prepared and administered by the Optometry Admission Testing Program at the direction of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO - OAT).
The OAT is available only online. Testing is available year round and an examinee can select the date, time, and place to test. Additionally, applicants may retake the OAT examination after a 90 day waiting period.
In addition, examinees receive their scores immediately after the completion of the test at the test center.
Due to the processing time it will take for official OAT scores to be received by our office in time to meet our application deadline, you must take the OAT by December 1, 2016. We will not consider OAT test scores taken after December 1, 2016, for the 2016-2017 admissions cycle.
Applicants will also be asked to self-report their OAT scores on the OptomCAS application. If the OAT has not been taken, the applicant will be asked for the planned test date.
An applicant's most recent set of OAT scores must be no earlier than two years (24 months) prior to the opening of the current OptomCAS session. Therefore, for the 2016-2017 application cycle, we will only accept OAT scores from tests taken from June 29, 2014 until December 1, 2016.
At the completion of your testing appointment, you will receive an unofficial score report at the Prometric Testing Center. The unofficial score report is audited for accuracy before official scores are reported to the optometry schools requested on your OAT application. No other score report will be sent to you.
The OAT application fee includes reporting scores to five optometry schools; the fee is $435 for the period July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.
Applicants may obtain information and OAT applications from:
Optometry Admission Testing Program
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Tel: (800) 232-2159
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