• OKAP® Exam

  • 2015 exam date:  Saturday, March 14

    The Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP) is a 250-item multiple choice test that is administered to ophthalmology residents in each year of training.  It is designed to measure the ophthalmic knowledge of residents, relative to their peers, in order to facilitate the ongoing assessment of resident progress and program effectiveness. 

    The OKAP exam is a computer-based examination administered at Prometric test centers throughout the United States and Canada. Programs outside of the United States interested in taking the exam, learn about OKAP International.

    Registration Instructions

                Step 1: Pre-register residents

    The Academy will open an online registration portal for programs to pre-register their residents for the exam in early October (programs will be sent an email with instructions prior).  Programs will be able to select their residents for the exam, verify program and resident information, create an invoice, and pay for the exam.  This information will be submitted to Prometric and your program will receive an email with your pre-registration summary.

              Step 2: 24 hours after pre-registration, schedule/make exam appointments on the Prometric website

    Post the “Notice to Residents,” which can be accessed below. This notice has important dates, information, and instructions specific to residents. It is the responsibility of each resident to schedule an exam appointment with Prometric.

    There are two ways that residents can select the test center and time of their choice: 

        • On the Prometric website at www.prometric.com/aao
        • By phone at 800-481-6473, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Residents will need their Academy Member ID number to make their exam appointment. Residents can contact Academy member services at (866) 561-8558 if they need to acquire their member number. Please advise your residents that the longer they wait to make their exam appointment, the fewer choices they may have.  To guarantee their preferred time and location, the Academy recommends that all residents make their exam appointment by December 1, 2014.
    *The last day to make an exam appointment is March 9, 2015

    Residents should forward their appointment confirmation email to their program coordinator for verification that registration is complete.

    Payment Information

    The cost is $315 per resident, plus $35 per special accommodation due to disability (an additional $200 fee for separate room accommodation applies). Examination fees need to come directly from the residency program.
    *Test scores will be withheld for non-payment.

    If you have any questions, please call the Academy directly at 415-561-8540, Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT or send your inquiry to OKAP@aao.org.

    More Information

    OKAP 2015 Important Dates                                      

    The Academy opens an online pre-registration portal for programs to pre-register their residents and pay for the exam.

    October 2014

    Residents schedule/make individual exam appointments through Prometric 24 hours after pre-registration is complete.

    • Programs post the “Notice to Residents” and inform residents to make their exam appointment

    Optimal Period:
    October 2014
    Less Optimal Period:
    After December 2014

    Special accommodation requests must be received by the Academy

    - If any of your residents have a disability or a religious observance that will require special accommodation, please fill out the “Special Accommodations Form.”  Residents who need special accommodation should NOT register through the Prometric website until the Academy has contacted the resident and program upon approval of the special accommodation request. A $35 fee will be charged to your program for each approved request for accommodation due only to disability (an additional $200 fee for separate room accommodation applies).

    January 2015

    Last Day for modifications/cancellations to registration

    - A program may add or remove residents to accurately reflect who will take the 2015 OKAP until February 12, 2015. Residents may also cancel without cancellation fees up until this day. For cancellations from February 13th to March 9th, a $25 fee will be withheld. No refund will be given for no-shows (examinees who arrive more than 15 minutes late) and for cancellations made after March 9, 2015. Residents can attempt to re-schedule their exam up until March 9, 2015; however the ability to reschedule may be limited by availability.

    February 12, 2015

    Last Day to Schedule an Exam Appointment with Prometric

    March 9, 2015

    Exam Date

    March 14, 2015

    Score reports available                                                             

    May 2015

    Score report disputes                                                             

    Until 7 days after scores sent