1. S

    2024 OAT Breakdown (370/370)

    Hi all! I just took the OAT two days ago, and I wanted to share my experience and thoughts like others that I have learned from. Background: I began studying for the OAT with Booster Prep in January for my exam in March full-time. Initially, I followed the 8 week study schedule for content...
  2. M

    2024 OAT Breakdown (Score: 380 AA, 400 TS)

    I took the OAT on January 4 to apply for the 2023-2024 cycle. I really dedicated my time and energy to studying consistently in order to score well so that I can hopefully get in to a school despite me applying a bit late in the application cycle. I sent my applications to schools in mid...
  3. DAT Destroyer

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  4. veragenesis

    OAT Breakdown

    Hello, I received my score on 8/18. I scored a 400 in every category: (400/400/400/400/400/400). I have been helping many people decide how to study in a short time frame (<6 weeks) and I would love to help anyone here. However, I am a tutor for both types of chemistry, and thus my studying...
  5. B

    350AA/360TS My Oat Breakdown

    Hello! I took my OAT last week and was pleasantly surprised with my scores. I wanted to share how I studied, my scores, and what resources I used. My scores the first score is what my average practice score was and the second is my actual OAT score. Quantitative Reasoning: 270 -> 350 Reading...
  6. D

    Best OAT Resource for Me (Current OPT 1)

    Hey guys I am a current OPT1 who just finished their first round of midterms. I wanted to make a post on here now that school has slowed down a bit. I used SDN a lot when I was preparing for the OAT/applying to schools. I used Chad’s videos a lot at first, which were helpful for understanding...
  7. J

    Applying Optometry School with these stats?

    I had made a previous post about an upcoming OAT and here's how I did: QR 390 RC 350 Bio 340 GenChem 340 OChem 340 Physics 350 TS 350 AA 350 I'm pretty happy with the scores - i've never had more anxiety from an exam and i'm relieved it's over. I'm applying this upcoming cycle and would...
  8. J

    OAT in 1 week, Advice?

    My OAT is in 1 week. I’ve spent probably 4 months studying on top of working full time. Ive taken several practice exams and took the ADA practice exam today. I was hoping to score a LOT better and I’m very discouraged especially with my physics score. Bio/GenChem/Ochem/Physics/RC/QR KAPLAN 1...
  9. J

    Cracking the OAT - Practice Exams?

    I've taken some Kaplan practice exams which i've learned from this page are much harder than the real OAT. I purchased the Princeton Review - Cracking the OAT which comes with two practice exams. Has anyone taken these exams that could tell me how closely they resemble the real OAT? I don't...
  10. F

    Needing Advice

    Hey everyone! This next semester I’ll be going into my senior year of undergrad. I just wanted to see what y’all thought of my current situation, as I am beginning to stress about the application process! I currently have a 3.3 GPA and if everything goes accordingly I should be able to get that...
  11. moonlight1342

    Stressed please help!

    Hey guys I am applying to this current cycle unfortunately I applied a bit late like around December 1st, because I wasn't sure to send with my old OAT scored from August which were 260 AA/250. I retook it on December 11th and got no difference basically with 270AA/260. My gpa after the...
  12. D

    Berkeley Optometry Admissions Question

    Hello! I applied to UC Berkeley's Optometry Program and I have a few questions: -I completed my application prior to the November 30 deadline. Thus, my interview notification date is January 4. Does this mean that is when the committee will make a decision to give me an interview or will...
  13. D

    Very medicore OAT. Need advice (WAMC).

    Hello! I would like some advice from the good people of this forum concerning my OAT results, which I got back yesterday. My cGPA is 3.2 and my sGPA is a bit below that (ditto with my pre-reqs - my post-bacc years-long repair process mostly focused on upper divisions). My biggest strength is...
  14. S

    Should I apply with these stats?

    Hi everyone! so I took the OAT last week after studying for almost 3 months and let's just say my scores did not come out how I envisioned. Ts 290 AA 290 QR:270/RC:300/BIO:300/GC:300/OC:290/PHY:270 I was really hoping for a higher OAT score to weigh out my lower GPA; cGPA: 2.95 sGPA: 3.10. My...
  15. K

    OAT Experience: August 2020

    Hi! I utilized SDN / Reddit A LOT when studying for my OAT and locating potential resources, so I thought I would do the same! Plus, I kinda want to get out of Biochem studying for now. Alright, so I took the OAT back in August. A little bit about me: 3.86 GPA / 3.75 Science Optometric...
  16. D

    DAT Bootcamp Question Bank Difficulty vs real OAT

    Hello! I wanted to ask this because I heard that the DAT and the OAT are both made by the same company...and the DAT Bootcamp system, which I have heard good things about, works for the OAT. I sent in my primary application earlier this week (it will probably be complete by the end of October...
  17. M

    Should I retake the OAT before applying?

    Hello, I just took the OAT and did poorly. I do have plans to retake it, but I was wondering should I apply first and then retake it or retake it and then apply? Thank you. My GPA is 3.2 I worked 3-4 years as an optometrist tech. OAT scores QR: 300 Reading: 380 Biology: 330 Chemistry: 250 OC...
  18. D

    Is submitting OptomCAS sans OAT (taking it in November) near / at the end of September too late for admissions?

    Hello! To preface, I have a 3.2 cGPA and roughly a 3.0 sGPA. I haven't taken the OAT yet and I have years of experience at an eye clinic, which forms the backbone of my ophthalmic experience. I am still polishing up my OptomCAS and having my personal statement tweaked to perfection. However...
  19. Optohan

    OAT Experience (August, 2020) - Detailed post

    Hi, fellow struggling students! I took my OAT a week ago and I wanted to share my experience with all of you because I found that reading these kinds of posts were really helpful in deciding how to study. I hope some of you struggle a little bit less after reading this post :) Study Schedule I...
  20. T

    Are these stats enough to get me into UAB?

    I feel like I'm just trying to shout into an echo chamber & begging for reassurance at this point but these are my stats: GPA: 3.62 OAT: 290 AA; 270 TS (I scored over 300 in 3 of the categories but my abysmal 220 physics score brought down my overall scores by a lot) To further elaborate, I went...
  21. T

    Abysmal OAT Scores, any chance of getting into UAB?

    So I recently took the OAT and ended up with a TS: 270 and AA: 290 with my lowest score being 220 in physics. My individual scores were Bio/GenChem/Orgo/Reading/Physics/QR = 280/320/280/310/220/310. I've been studying for 2-3 months using a combination of coursesaver, kaplan practice tests and...
  22. j-s

    July 2020 OAT experience - it went well! (detailed post)

    Hello everyone! I took my OAT yesterday and it went well. This community (as well as Reddit) has been tremendously helpful so I wanted to share my experience in case anyone needs it. I, like many people who are applying right now, had my test canceled/pushed back many times. My test was...
  23. nishaluke29

    Pre-Opt Free Resources!

    Hi everyone! I really wanted to make a pre-optometry community resource folder on google drive. Right now I only have a few people on it and I’d love to add more! The folder has two sections: OAT content and Optometry School Info. The OAT content isn’t super developed rn but with time we’ll...
  24. M

    Getting Accepted with GRE instead of OAT

    Hey guys, I've been doing my research on each Optometry school and I've noticed that some will accept the GRE instead of the OAT. Has anyone gotten into a program using only the GRE test?
  25. Cookie_nibbler

    Dental to Optometry

    Hello everyone Im writing to get everyones input on my situation. I recently took the DAT and scored a 111 on it (adding all the sections together). I know some schools require at least a 105 on the DAT to be considered competitive. Im currently in the dental hygiene program and was applying...
  26. E

    Took OAT today. Need advice.

    Hey everybody, So, I took the OAT today and my scores simply weren't what I wanted them to be. I am considering retaking it but I am hesitant since it is already Dec 2 I would not be able to retake it in until the beginning of March. While my overall OAT score isn't horrible I was hoping to...
  27. D

    Taking OAT in August for 2020 cycle?

    Hello! I was curious about whether this is feasible to still be "early" for applications. My grades are around the low 3s, so they're not completely amazing. However, I do have many years of experience in eye clinics alongside a good recommendation letter from an optometrist. I was thinking...
  28. I

    Seeking advice! Don't have time to retake OAT, should I consider taking the DAT instead?

    Hello all! I got myself into a little pickle and didn't score as high on the OAT as I would have liked. I got a 320 AA/ 310 TS and really needed a higher score (around 75th percentile) to balance out a lower GPA (~ 3.1) but got caught up with work, school, and family problems. I know that if...
  29. D

    OAT ADA Practice Exam vs. 3T Achiever OAT Practice Exams?

    Hello all, I take my OAT in about a week from now (next Saturday specifically). I've used a lot of different prep materials, but this last week I'm committing nearly all my time practice exams. I've taken Chad's free OAT practice exams for each section, been using the DAT Bootcamp questions...
  30. B


    Hello, I am planning to take my OAT at the end of November.i have the Kaplan prep plus book but that’s it. Does anyone have any advice on any other material that isn’t too expensive? What material do did you use? I want to o apply this cycle but I want to have a high OAT score .
  31. O

    OAT Scores

    Hi everyone, could you please share your experience with this: which score do you think is more important for optometry schools? Total science or academic average I got a good total science (390), but unfortunately, 340 for academic average and I'm really worried about it:(
  32. O

    OAT Reading Comprehension

    Hi everyone, I'm struggling with reading comprehension section of the OAT exam. Do you think if we are allowed to used Cntl+f for searching keywords during the actual OAT? Please let me know if you have any suggestions for improving my reading section.
  33. B


    So I just took the OAT today and didn’t do anywhere near as well as I hoped. All together my AA was a 270. I naturally don’t do well on standardized tests but I was hoping to score in at least the 300 area. I work 50 hour weeks so studying was just done when i had free time. Anyway, my question...
  34. P

    OAT destroyer vs Actual OAT

    Hi! I just got my OAT destroyer and have started doing questions from it, my test is about 2.5 weeks away but i might push it a week back to do more questions. I've been doing Kaplan Questions before this and i've just done so so so bad on those, its really killed my confidence honestly. BUT the...
  35. A

    OAT Experience

    I'm taking my OAT tomorrow morning (8AM ayy) so wish me luck :) Kaplan 1/ Kaplan 2/ ADA: Bio: 320/390/370 Gen Chem: 330/340/370 Orgo: 270/290/330 Physics: 260/270/310 RC: 290/300/340 QR: 300/260/-- Clearly I've got some fluctuation so I guess we'll see! Focusing on physics and QR tonight...
  36. freeapple123

    OAT and Applications

    Hi there, I am currently going into my last year of my undergraduate in biology/ psychology. I had originally wanted to go into medicine and pursue ophthalmology; however, I do not see myself in school for that long. I had been prepping for my MCAT all summer and have had a change of heart and...
  37. O

    Is my OAT/GPA Competitive/ What are my chances??

    Hi All: My Cumulative GPA is a 3.3, Science GPA is a 3.0. My OAT is a 300TS/310AA. RC: 330 GC: 300 OC: 290 Physics: 260 QR: 280 Bio: 400!!! I have 160+ hours of shadowing an optometrist, shadowed an ophthalmologist in the OR, Thousands of hours of volunteer experience as an EMT, and 120+ Hours...
  38. B

    Which is preferred?? OAT or GRE?

    Which Is preferred... OAT or the GRE ?
  39. D

    Do I retake my OAT? Should I talk to the school?

    Hello, I just graduated from a school and am taking a gap year then going for optometry school. I always knew I wanted to do a gap year, but the last day of the deadline for SUNY and Salus I applied. I got an interview for both just a couple of days after submission. SUNY was my first interview...
  40. R

    OAT Prep Calculation

    Hi all, I had a value calculation question about when I should take the OAT. Currently, I'm schedule to take it on June 29th. I picked this date so that I could begin submitting applications on day one of the application cycle for 2024. That being said, I feel like I'll be reasonably...