OAT Breakdown: Physics Section!

This is part 3 of a series breaking down the Optometry Admission Test.
Be sure the check out all the breakdown down post because the OAT isn’t really just one test but a battery of tests/sections of the OAT: Survey of Natural Sciences, Reading Comprehension, Physics, and Quantitative Reasoning. Stressing out yet? Remember to think about silly T-Rexes (and the OAT Study Tips).


Anyway, let’s talk the Physics section!

This section will be right after your scheduled break so bright side is that you’ll have a little brain break before all the physics and quant reasoning. The Physics section has 40 questions and you have 50 minutes. It’ll fly by so make the time count!


Here are the formulas provided on the test:

OAT Physics Formulas


Has it been a while since you took Physics? Maybe you didn’t do so well? Now is the time to brush up and luckily there are specific and explicit areas to review…

Items to be covered:

  • Units and Vectors
  • Linear Kinematics
  • Statics
  • Dynamics
  • Rotational Motion
  • Energy and Momentum
  • Simple Harmonic Motion
  • Waves
  • Fluid Statics
  • Thermal Energy and Thermodynamics
  • Electrostatics
  • D.C. Circuits Magnetism
  • Optics
  • Modern Physics


Keep in mind your scores are based on the number of correct responses so work through the section by answering the questions you know/the easy ones first. Then since you’re not penalized for guessing, save the harder questions for the end getting all the points you can!


Sample Question:

Physics Sample Question


Spoiler Alert: the answer is C and notice the not-so-straight-forward answer choices so keep sharp! Having a section specifically for Physics on OAT is actually pretty special among the different health professions admission tests and it’s a doozy. With the right preparation and keeping the motivation up, YOU CAN CONQUER!