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Applicants must use a PIN for the OAT

The PIN is a unique Personal Identification Number that you will need in order to take the Optometry Admission Test. You may already have a PIN. Learn more.

Optometry Admission Test

The OAT is an optometry admission test designed to provide optometry education programs with a means to assess program applicants’ potential for success. The OAT is administered year round by Prometric test centers in the United States, its territories (including Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) and Canada.


The OAT is comprised of multiple-choice test items presented in the English language. The test is developed according to established test specifications. The OAT consists of a battery of four tests on the following: Survey of the Natural Sciences, Physics, Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Reasoning. In the OAT, both the U.S. customary system and the metric system (Imperial System) of units are used.

Before starting the application process, read the OAT Guide. At the time of application, you will be required to confirm that you have read this document, understood its contents, and agree to the policies and procedures contained herein.

2017 OAT Guide