Scoring for the OAT test includes accumulating points for each section of the exam. Examinees can earn the same amount of points in each section. Incorrect answers are not penalized and test takers are allowed to make guesses on each question. The raw score is formed by the number of questions that are answered correctly, which is converted into a standard score that is used on the score report. The overall score ranges from 200 to 400 in increments of 10 points. All questions carry equal marks.
Eight different standard scores are reported on the test, which includes individual scores for the subtests in the Survey of Natural Sciences with a total Science score and an academic average.
The individual will receive their score, as well as their percentile ranking to determine where they rank among other test takers. The scores are also reported to optometry schools. The OAT score is one of the main factors of a student’s application that is carefully reviewed by the admissions department to determine if the individual can handle the coursework and succeed at the school. It’s important to research optometry schools in advance to determine the average OAT score of accepted applicants to determine your goal score before taking the exam.