Hi, I just got my oat scores today, improved on everything, except the reading part. I made a 330 on it last year, but my score dropped to 230. Yikes! I am soooo mad at myself! I improved all my science/math scores from 290's to 330+, but just that one section!!! Gah!!! Unfortunately, such a low score made my average the same as last year, which isn't very competitive (290). Isn't that crappy? Maybe I'm not meant to be an optometrist and this is a huge sign. The same overall score from last year??!! How can I not help but be discouraged. If anyone is wondering why I did so crappy, it's because that very day I took the October OAT, my school had a HOME football game, and our tailgators are known to be LOUD. There were tailgators right outside the testing building and right when I was taking the reading section, all I hear outside are people walking towards the stadium (which isn't far from the testing building). They were drunk, screaming, and singing. And for my fellow test-takers who are reading this thread and that this whole situation sounds familiar too, do you also remember one of our exam proctors typing on the computer and he would keep pushing the back space erasing. Gah, that keyboard was freakin loud! The exam room is suppose to be QUIET. That was quite rude and I wished I wouldve asked him to please stop typing. The room isn't that big and his fingers banging on the keyboard is loud and annoying. Well I guess its my fault for getting so easily distracted and couldn't concentrate on those dang passages. But having this reading score drop so dramatically really hurts you know. My question is, do you think that schools will look at both scores, one from last year and this year and compare? Maybe they'll see how I'm not really that stupid, that hey, last year, I did know how to read? But I'm still guessing I'll be taking the oat again in january--because I have to wait 3 months. I'm just so sad.