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Preparation and Testing

Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) overview

UGA students typically take the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) in the same timeframe as other students take the MCAT or DAT, approximately 15 months before intended professional matriculation. Therefore, the OAT is best taken in late spring or early summer of the junior year if there is an intention to go directly from undergraduate graduation to professional school. Caution should be given to adequate preparation for the test, especially through completing college coursework in the topics to be tested.

OAT preparation

Though the best preparation for the OAT is to have completed college coursework in the topics/content of the test, this is not enough. Additional study and review is necessary to achieve a competitive score. Study should be followed by practice testing in the same format (computer based) and circumstance (timing) of the actual test.  Upon completion of a practice test you must determine what you still need to study. (Many commercially available materials have computer based testing, comprehensive score solutions, and diagnostic score reports.)

The OAT is given through the Prometric Centers. Prior to registration for the OAT, an OATPIN must be secured:
The OAT™ Program will assign you an OATPIN® when you apply. The OATPIN® is a unique personal identifier that helps ensure confidential, secure reporting, transmission, and tracking of test scores and academic data. You may submit an application at Applications are processed daily during normal business hours. A new application must be submitted each time you wish to take the OAT™.

OAT Guide

The OAT Guide is the official guide to policies for the Optometry Admission Test (OAT™) Program. It provides information about application and testing procedures, examination content and scoring produced by the same group that produces the DAT. Therefore, there may be many similarities. Pay particular attention to the ‘Scope of the Test.’ A new guide will be published near the beginning of each new year.

OAT prepration

Students may self-study or take a commercial preparation course or any combination of the two. Testing material and resources may be found at

Competitive scores

Want to know how you compare to other students? To see average OAT scores nationwide, go to the 2014 Profile of the Optometry Entering Class.

OAT checklist

This checklist is a summary of the most frequent issues that create complications for examinees on the day of testing. The OAT Program encourages you to read the entire OAT Guide.

Fee Assistance Program

A limited number of partial fee waivers per calendar year are available to OAT™ examinees, in cases of severe financial hardship. For more information, see page 13 of the OAT Guide.

Have questions about the OAT?

Take a look at frequently asked questions from other students about the OAT.