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Test Preparation

The OAT Program does not endorse any test preparation courses and has no data on the content or efficacy of test preparation courses designed to prepare examinees to take the OAT. The OAT Program urges individuals considering participating in test preparation courses to review carefully the course materials to ensure that they reflect the current content of the OAT.

While all optometry schools require examinees to participate in the OAT Program, test results are only one factor considered in evaluating the admission potential of an examinee.

Prometric Online Tutorial

It may be helpful to take the following tutorial:

OAT Tutorial

Helpful Information

Remember that when you test, the name on your IDs must match exactly with the name on your application. If the name on your application and your IDs do not match exactly, you will be denied admission to testing and, as a result, forfeit your scheduled testing appointment and your application fee. You will be required to submit a new application. 

Examinees that experience concerns about scheduling issues, testing conditions, or any unresolved problem should inform the Test Administrator before leaving the test center and record this information in the appropriate section of the post-test survey. For issues requiring further action, examinees must contact the Optometry Admission Testing Program at: oatexam@ada.org within five business days of the testing appointment. 

Scoring Questions (PDF)

Prometric Link: What to Expect on Test Day

OAT reference texts are available to download: 

OAT Reference Texts (PDF)