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Optometry Admission Test


OAT (Optometry Admission Test )

Resources and guidance for the exam that optometry education programs use to assess candidates’ potential for success.


About the Optometry Admission Test

The OAT is a comprehensive exam that enables optometry education programs to assess the knowledge and preparedness of program applicants. OAT test results are accepted by all optometry schools in the U.S. and Canada. The four-part test is administered year-round by Prometric Test Centers in the U.S. and its territories, including Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as Canada.

OAT Retest Policy Update

  • Candidates must wait 60 days between testing attempts on the OAT, with a maximum of four (4) such administrations permitted during any 12-month period of time.
  • Candidates with three (3) or more attempts on the OAT must apply for permission to test again, providing proof of recent application to optometry school with each subsequent application to test.
  • Subsequent to the candidate’s fifth OAT attempt, the candidate may retest only once per 12-month period.
  • The OAT retest policy is not subject to appeal.

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After you’ve reviewed the OAT Guide, contact us to take your exam.

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