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::July 9, 2015
National Board to Administer the Florida Optometry Laws and Rules Examination
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::July 2, 2015
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::June 25, 2015
2016 Candidate Evaluation Forms and Guide are now available online.
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::February 27, 2015
Dr. Jack Terry named Chief Executive Officer of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.
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National Board of Examiners in Optometry

Mission Statement: To serve the public and the profession of optometry by developing, administering, scoring, and reporting results of valid examinations that assess competence.

The NBEO website was designed to provide comprehensive information about the National Board’s examinations. Its purpose is to help answer your questions and to assist you in learning about and preparing for your licensing and self-assessment examinations. We urge you to carefully study the information on this website.


National Center of Clinical Testing in Optometry is open for testing. Hurricane Matthew is not expected to have a significant impact in the Charlotte Area. If there are any changes, we will be contacting those Candidates that will be affected.

Nevada Online State Law Exam (OSLE) Coming Soon

The Nevada Board of Optometry decided during the September 2016 Board of Directors meeting to administer their optometry law exam through the NBEO. The Nevada OSLE (Online State Law Exam) is under development and is expected to be available to NV optometry licensure candidates by late October or early November. Exam details for the new NV OSLE are available from the OSLE webpage. Please check back frequently for updated information.

NBEO Announces Item Ranges for Part I ABS for 2017

The Exam Content Matrix shows the item ranges that will be used for the National Board’s Part I ABS exam for 2017. The 2017 exam will include 350 scored items and 20 pre-test items. The ranges shown in the table are for the 350 scored items.

The 2017 exam will be given in one day, and will consist of two 4-hour sessions. Because a total of 370 items will actually be administered (because of the inclusion of the 20 non-scored pre-test items), each session will consist of 185 items. Candidates will not know which items will be scored and which are pre-test.

From 2009-2016, the Part I ABS exam consisted of 500 items, so the 350 scored items on the 2017 exam represents a 30% reduction in items. The item ranges for 2017 have been reduced 30% across all areas, so there is no difference in emphasis between the 2017 exam and prior ABS exams.

The number of items on the ABS exam is being reduced in conjunction with the exam switching from paper and pencil administration to computer administration in 2017. Along with the change to computer administration, the exam is being reduced from a 2-day exam to a 1-day exam.

Candidates should note that the items ranges for 2017 may change in 2018. The National Board recently completed a survey, also known as a job task analysis (JTA), of over 1,100 optometrists from across the country. The data from the JTA are currently being reviewed. The Board of Directors of the National Board will receive results from the JTA at its Annual Meeting in December, and will consider whether changes to the Part I item ranges are warranted in 2018 based on the results of the JTA.


As we first reported on August 4, the NBEO has retained a law firm, which with the assistance of a nationally-known cybersecurity firm, is investigating whether the security of NBEO databases containing the personal identifiers of numerous members of the optometric community has been breached. We initiated this intensive response within 48 hours of receiving reports from numerous optometrists and optometry students that they had been the victims of identity thefts in which fraudulent applications for Chase credit cards, particularly Visa cards co-marketed with, had been submitted under the victims’ names.

The internal review that NBEO has commissioned is necessarily painstaking. Cyber-attackers today rely on sophisticated means that can render intrusions indistinguishable from ordinary and secure network operations. While cybersecurity experts on occasion are able within mere days to confirm an intrusion, often -- and as is the case here – more evidence and analysis is necessary before a determination may become feasible. The investigators have already collected and analyzed large volumes of NBEO’s data. Analysis to date, however, does not establish whether an intrusion in fact occurred. Collection and technical analysis is therefore continuing, involving still more data, both current and retrospective.

We are not the only organization that maintains records containing the personal identifiers of individual victims of the fraudulent scheme. Moreover, we are a not-for profit testing organization that supports the missions of state licensing boards by developing and administering standardized examinations, funded solely by testing fees. It is therefore especially important that NBEO not assume or speculate that its data security was breached. Rather, in seeking to determine if a breach within NBEO occurred, we must be guided by hard evidence. Our best source of such evidence is the continuing internal inquiry.

Depending on what that inquiry reveals and when, it could take a number of additional weeks to complete. If at any juncture, however, the inquiry establishes that NBEO’s systems were breached, we will promptly notify affected parties as the law requires and undertake other security measures as appropriate.

We share with the entire optometric community frustration at the uncertainty and alarm that the perpetrators have spread though their crimes. We urge you all to remain vigilant, taking the steps that we and other organizations have previously emphasized (see, for example, NBEO’s 8/4/16 Notice below): establishing fraud alerts or freezes, periodically inquiring of Amazon Chase whether fraudulent applications have been made in your name and regularly checking your credit history.

The NBEO will continue to provide updates as this matter develops.

URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM NBEO (Revision Posted 8/4/2016)

The NBEO is aware of recent reports that the personal information of some optometry students and optometrists was used without authorization in fraudulent applications for Chase credit cards, including Chase Amazon Rewards cards. These reports indicate that people received cards by mail even though they did not order them, while others were notified of applications for or issuance of cards that they did not order.

We are also aware of speculation in social media and elsewhere that the perpetrators stole the personal identifiers in question by hacking databases maintained by the NBEO or by other organizations supporting the optometry profession.

The NBEO is very much concerned. We take extremely seriously the importance of safeguarding the information that we maintain concerning candidates to whom we administer examinations. We seek to provide security that resists the increasingly sophisticated techniques that cyber-attackers deploy worldwide.

In light of the recent frauds, the NBEO has decided further to investigate whether personal data was stolen from our information systems to support the perpetrators’ fraud on individuals and Chase. With the assistance of counsel and a nationally-known cybersecurity firm, the NBEO will evaluate whether, and if so how and to what extent, our systems were compromised in connection with the fraud and in any event, to plan further safeguards. We, along with others in the optometric community, have also notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The NBEO will provide updates on this site as our internal inquiry progresses.

In the meantime, we encourage optometrists and current optometry students to consider contacting Chase at 888-247-4080, 877-470-9042 or to inquire if card applications were falsely submitted in their names. The same potentially affected parties should also consider obtaining and reviewing their current credit reports for unauthorized card applications (see and also, to prevent new accounts from being opened in their names, initiating fraud alerts with the credit reporting agencies (Experian, Equifax, TransUnion).

GRADUATING STUDENTS: Upon verification of graduation from the attending school/college and passage of all required Parts, the National Board will release a free cumulative score report to you and the state boards you selected during your registration process. The scores are released to the State Board(s) electronically in order for the information to be retrieved. When contacting a state board, please have your OE Tracker number available. You may review and/or update your release selection by reviewing your profile.

Everyone associated with the National Board extends their best wishes for your success on the National Board examinations and in your practice of optometry. If you have any questions regarding the examinations or their requirements, please feel free to contact the National Board.

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