OAT Tutoring & Test Preparation
Given your goal is to further your career by attending optometry school, the OAT is probably the most important exam of your life. The OAT (Optometry Admission Test) is a standardized test that allows optometry schools to compare your knowledge to that of other applicants. It is a prerequisite for admission, meaning all students must take it. Because the OAT is a standardized exam, your performance is only as good as other students perform in comparison. Therefore your performance on the OAT has a huge impact on your admissions competitiveness, as well as your financial aid options. If you aspire to attend the best optometry school possible, then you must take your OAT preparation seriously.
The test consists of four sections:
- Survey of Natural Sciences
- Reading Comprehension
- Quantitative Reasoning
The Survey of Natural Sciences is split between Biology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry questions. In the Reading Comprehensions section, you will have to analyze and evaluate three texts relating to science (prior knowledge is not necessary). Physics topics are many and varied, ranging from vectors and kinematics to magnetism to thermal energy and more. The Quantitative Reasoning section asses your math skills in Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics. There are various questions throughout the exam that are considered “experimental” and thus do not affect your score. Of course, these questions are not labeled as “experimental”. The entire exam is about 4 hours and 40 minutes in duration. Your scores on individual sections will be considered in addition to your total score, so any weak areas will be exposed. Don’t rely on your strengths in one area to make up for weaknesses in another.
Personalized Studying Strategies
With such a broad and comprehensive test, you need to strategically approach your preparation. Begin with an OAT practice test, preferably one provided by the ASCO (The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry). This will serve as a diagnostic baseline. The section in which you scored the lowest should be your first priority. The question then becomes, if you had difficulty with one or more section, do you feel confident in your ability to improve those weak areas? Preparation books are certainly helpful, but they cannot assess the specific skills you need to improve. They’re written to provide preparation for everyone. However no two students are exactly the same in needs nor in learning style.
A TutorNerds expert can specifically tailor your OAT preparation in order to efficiently and effectively produce results. Our OAT tutors can outline an organized approach to the OAT that fits with your needs as well as your schedule. Together, you will work through the concepts covered by the OAT in order to ensure you have a solid understanding of the material from the start. From there, you will cover hundreds, even thousands, of OAT questions. This will provide an opportunity for your tutor to explain typical types of questions and test-taking strategies while at the same time increasing your knowledge. This combination of total immersion with learning strategies designed specifically for you creates the optimal test preparation environment.
The OAT is a very significant building block of your application to optometry school. It’s one thing to work with a generic test preparation book, or even a OAT class. But to really optimize your admissions potential, you need to work with an expert who understands how the OAT fits into your entire application. Given your goals, what score is necessary? And how close are you to achieving that score? Are your goals realistic?TutorNerds OAT tutors and consultants will be able to provide you with the answers you need to put together a strong application. He or she will help you establish a list of goals with deadlines. Most importantly, you will have a supportive expert to provide feedback along the way.
OAT preparation is certainly intensive given the volume of material covered by the exam. But students consistently show increased scores with adequate preparation. We recommend students begin their preparation 12 to 24 weeks prior to their exam. We offer a free consultation with one of our optometry school admissions experts if you have any questions.
Benefits of TutorNerds OAT Test Prep
- One-on-one Instruction from Experts
- Personalized Approach
- Convenient Scheduling
- Distraction-free Learning
- Holistic Admissions Approach
Give TutorNerds a call today to begin your optometry school application preparation with a OAT expert and your OptomCAS application process with our Optometry School Admissions Consultants.