Optometry Applications

OptomCAS opens toward the end of June. Ideally you should plan to apply in July or early August. Here are some tips to help you organize your application timeline.


The application action plan helps you with creating a broader overarching plan for your application. This is the big picture view of planning for your application. Remember that PPA Advisors are always happy to help.


Optometry Admission Test

Most schools require the OAT in the U.S. and Canada.

The Test has 4 Sections

  • Survey of Natural Science (Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry)
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Physics
  • Quantitative Reasoning

When and Where?

  • The test is offered through Prometric Test Centers
  • Schedule 60-90 days in advance
  • While the test is available most days, test dates do fill up
  • You must have 90 days between tests if you choose to repeat the test

Accommodations: You can apply for accommodations. This does take time to apply for and receive--plan ahead. See the OAT Guide (below)

Fee Waivers: Some partial fee waivers are available. This does take time time--plan ahead. See the OAT guide (below)


  • Scores range from 200-400
  • 300 in the national average
  • Unofficial scores are available immediately following the exam
  • Scores are generally valid for 2-3 years depending on the school
  • Competitive scores range from 330-350

2023 Optometry Admission Test Candidate Guide


Optometry Application Resources
General Information

Optometry Career Guide

Non-OD Graduate Programs

Information about Schools

Applicant & Enrollee Data

Applicant Data Report

Prometric Testing Center Test Day Information

OAT Prometric Testing Day Tutorial

Prometric Biometric Check-In


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OptomCAS Customer Support

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