Optometry Admission Test (OAT)    
 

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Step 1: Read the OAT Guide

Please review the Guide, specifically the Eligibility Requirements, Rules of Conduct, Test Regulations, Irregularities/Appeals,  Testing Procedures as well as the Testing Checklist and Frequently Asked Questions.

During the application process you will be asked to confirm that you have read the Guide and agree to the rules and regulations contained within the document.

Examinees are responsible for understanding the information contained within the Guide. Examinees who violate test rules or regulations may have their test scores voided and wait up to two years to retest.

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Step 2: Apply to Take the Test (No Refunds)

OAT fee: $270. Testing fees are non-refundable and non-transferable (no exceptions). Your credit card will be charged when you submit your application.

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.

Electronic Notification of OAT Eligibility
Upon processing of an examinee's OAT application, examinees will receive an e-mail notification (or letter if no e-mail address on file) of eligibility for testing  with instructions for appointment scheduling. (Please check your Spam folder if unable to locate the notification, especially Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo accounts.)

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Step 3: Schedule a Time to Take the Test

You must apply for your test with the OAT Program and receive your electronic notification prior to scheduling your testing appointment with Prometric. Tests are administered year-round at Prometric Test Centers in the United States, its territories including Guam, Puerto Rico,  the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Canada.

Advanced Scheduling
To increase the likelihood you will receive your first choice of date, time and location, you should schedule 60 to 90 days before the desired testing date. Please remember, you may schedule your test appointment with Prometric only upon receipt of your eligibility letter.

Rescheduling Testing Appointments
A candidate who wishes to reschedule his or her testing appointment must contact Prometric in advance of the testing appointment and pay a fee directly to Prometric.  The fee schedule is as follows:

Rescheduling Fees

  •  $100     One to five business days prior to the testing appointment 
  •  $60  Six to 30 business days prior to the testing appointment
  •  $25      31+ business days prior to the testing appointment

**Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays are NOT business days**

Appointments can be rescheduled by calling 800.688.5804 or through www.prometric.com.  Leaving a message for a local test center is not sufficient; the local test center cannot schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. 
Canceling Testing Appointments

If you cancel your testing appointment and do not schedule another exam within six months, the cancelation will result in a complete forfeiture of your examination fee (as noted in Step 2 above, examination fees are nonrefundable

Canceling Testing Appointments
Canceling your test appointment will result in a complete forfeiture of your testing fee.

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Step 4: Take the Test at a Prometric Test Center

As noted in Step 2 above: 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 within five business days of the testing appointment.

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Step 5: Score Reports

At the completion of your testing appointment, you will receive an unofficial score report at the Prometric Testing Center. Your test responses are audited for accuracy before official scores are reported to the optometry schools requested on your OAT application. Please retain the unofficial report given to you at the Prometric Test Center.

The application fee includes reporting official scores to five optometry schools if requested on your application.

Designate where to send an additional score report on the electronic form below or download and complete the PDF document below. You can send additional reports to: optometry schools, other institutions, or send one to yourself.

To have your test results audited, complete the form below and submit the appropriate fee:

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Purpose of the Test

The OAT Program is designed to measure general academic ability, comprehension of scientific information and perceptual ability.

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.

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Contact Information XXXX

Optometry Admission Testing Program
211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60611-2637
800-232-2159
oatexam@ada.org

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