OAT Breakdown: Quantitative Reasoning!

This is Part 5 of a series breaking down the sections of the Optometry Admissions Test.

In fact this is the final breakdown post in the series so go catch up on the rest!

For our grand finale…drumrollQuantitative Reasoning!

I mean come on the OAT doesn’t have to be complete torture…

OAT Torture

It’s actually pretty fitting that this the final breakdown post since Quantitative Reasoning is the last section you’ll face come OAT day! There will be 40 questions and you have 45 minutes!

In this section you will be given a basic four-function calculator like the one below:

Basic Calculator


The ADA says the Quant Reasoning section “measures the examinee’s ability to reason with numbers, to manipulate numerical relationships, and to deal intelligently with quantitative materials.” What does that mean exactly?

Here are the topics covered in the Quant Reasoning Section:

– Algebra including equations and expressions, inequalities, exponential notation,         absolute value, ratios and proportions, and graphical analysis

– Numeric calculations including fractions and decimals, percentages, approximations, and scientific notation

– Conversions including temperature, time, weight, and distance

– Probability and Statistics

– Geometry

– Trigonometry


Just like the other sections, time is the enemy and although the concepts may seem simple they can get tricky.

Try these two sample questions out:

OAT Quant Samples


Answers: 27) A and 28) B.

Remember in conquering the Optom Admission Test, practice is key and with OAT Cracker you can practice the right way with full-length practice tests that look and feel like the real thing!

Well that’s it for OAT section breakdown posts! Stay tuned for more on all things OAT, applying to optometry school, and other lame optometry jokes I can find!

Happy Practicing!

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