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Optometry Admissions Test (OAT)

All applicants to the Michigan College of Optometry are required to sit for the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT), which is designed to measure general academic ability and scientific knowledge. OAT results are valid for a maximum of two years from the date of the examination. The OAT test is available in computerized version only. The computer version is given continuously on an individually arranged basis. The OAT must be taken by February 1.

For additional information on the OAT, applicants may contact them at or via the ASCO website (  You may also contact your college advisor or write:

Optometry Admission Test Program
211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 1846
Chicago, IL 60611-2678

An OAT Academic Average of 300 or better is required for consideration for an interview at MCO. In addition, the MCO Admissions Committee strongly prefers scores of 300 or higher in each category of the OAT examination. This preference is based on the success of our students through the years both in our program and on the National Board examinations. Occasionally, the Admissions Committee will consider that an applicant with lower scores on specific sections of the OAT because that applicant has not yet completed courses specific to that content area but applicants should understand that those with scores on each section that are higher than 300 will receive priority consideration.