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Entrance Exam

The OAT (Optometry Admission Test) is required by all optometry schools. Competitive scores are usually at least 50th percentile or higher (~300 in each section), but vary by program.

Optometry Admission Test (OAT)

OAT Prep

Some OAT study guides and materials are available to sign out from the HPAC resource collection. Although we do not offer a formal OAT prep course at Bradley, HPAC advises students to help them develop a personalized strategy, timeline, and study plan to meet their individual needs. There are many commercially available OAT prep materials and services. We do not endorse any one over the others, but can assist students in choosing products and services that fit their learning style, timeline, and budget. (Hint: The OAT and DAT are essentially the same exam, except the OAT’s Physics section replaces the DAT’s Perceptual Ability section. So many prep materials are interchangeable.)

OAT Testing Locations

The OAT is administered year round at Prometric Testing Centers. The closest testing centers to Bradley University are:

Sylvan Learning Center
7501 N University, STE 218
Peoria IL 61614

Sylvan Learning Center
2405 E Federal DR
Decatur IL 62526

Sylvan Learning Center
1035 Lincoln Rd, STE 307
Bettendorf IA 52727