Online State Law Exams (OSLEs)
Some optometry licensure candidates may be required to take a state optometry law examination regarding the statutes, rules, and regulations that govern the practice of optometry in the state in which they seek licensure. Since January 2010, the National Board has offered the Online State Law Exam (OSLE) program to assist state boards by administering their optometry jurisprudence exams in one of three online versions available on the NBEO website.
OSLE information is divided into three sections below:
- General OSLE Information
- Three OSLE formats
- Online State Law Exam Score Reporting
The states currently providing their law examinations through the National Board are listed below. Click on any state to obtain additional information and requirements specific to that state:
For some states (TX, ND), candidates must register with BOTH the state optometry board AND the NBEO, to be eligible to take the online state optometry law exam through the NBEO. To view individual state requirements, please click on the states above.
General OSLE Information:
Candidates may REGISTER (below) for one or more ONLINE state optometry law examinations (OSLEs):
- Please register CAREFULLY for your OSLE(s) because these law exam fees are non-refundable!
- The fee for the remote OSLE is $25 (MO, MN, ND, NV, OR, WV, TX).
- The in-house OSLE fee is $100 (SD, FL).
- Typically, student candidates who are registering for the Part I ABS exam should NOT sign up for an OSLE.
- Texas OSLE candidates should note that there may be a $30 late fee imposed when signing up for the Texas law exam outside the published registration interval.
OSLE exam instructions are presented to candidates at the beginning of their exams (“How OSLE Works”).
Information regarding ADAAA (Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act) disability accommodations is found on the NBEO website on the Candidates with Disabilities webpage.
Some regulatory boards (FL, MO, MN, ND, NV, OR, WV, TX) allow candidates online access, during their open-book online exams, to one or more links to the chosen state optometry laws to serve as reference sources for candidates. Other states (SD) do not permit this type of access to their optometry rules/regulations/statutes/ laws during their closed-book, online exams.
Appointments for an in-house OSLE (FL, SD) may be rescheduled up to 5 times without incurring additional fees. This typically is necessary due to changes in an examinee’s Part III CSE scheduling. Only 1 in-house OSLE appointment (per state) can be active at any given time. Additional re-scheduling rules can be found in the Part III CSE & ISE Registration Information guidelines.
Some candidates (MO, MN, ND, NV, OR, WV, SD, TX) will receive official OSLE scores directly from their state boards while others (FL) may review their official law exam scores from this NBEO webpage (via Access My Exam, below).
Three OSLE Formats:
- Remote, open-book, online format; on any Internet-connected computer of the candidate's choice (MO, MN, ND, NV, OR, WV, TX)
- In-house, open-book, online format; at the National Center of Clinical Testing in Optometry (NCCTO) in Charlotte, North Carolina (FL)
- In-house, proctored, closed-book format; at the National Center of Clinical Testing in Optometry (NCCTO) in Charlotte, North Carolina (SD)
Remote, open-book, online format:
In this format chosen by some state optometry boards (MO, MN, ND, NV, OR, and WV), candidates are able to take their OSLEs at any time, year round, on any Internet-connected computer of their choice. Examinees in MO, MN, ND, OR, and WV have 14 days to complete their exams once they log onto the OSLE program and initiate their exams. NV examinees are limited to a straight 4 hours, from exam initiation to exam completion, in which to complete their OSLEs. NV test takers may choose to take breaks during the 4-hour test time, but no additional time is added for breaks.
Other state boards (TX) may define specific registration and testing time intervals for their candidates, who sit for their law exams remotely, on any Internet-connected computer. When a state (TX) offers specific testing windows, the number of days available to complete an exam is variable; i.e., 14 days or less, depending on when a candidate begins an exam within the posted testing interval.
Rules that apply to specific OSLEs can be viewed by clicking on the states listed above.
Basic exam features (complete instructions are provided at the beginning of each exam):
- A remote, open-book OSLE is accessed on the NBEO website through use of Access My Exam (below). Once initiated, the exam may be paused as needed by signing out of the OSLE webpage. The exam repeatedly may be re-accessed until the testing time window is exhausted.
- To resume the exam following a paused break or if a candidate's computer times out, the candidate returns to the NBEO Online State Law Exam webpage and again uses the Access My Exam function (below). The exam reappears exactly as it was when the pause was initiated or when the computer timed out.
- During the online exam, questions appear on the computer screen one at a time. Candidates advance to the next question as they progress through the exam and may choose, at any time, to return to any previously answered question.
- The time remaining to complete an exam is visible to the candidate at all times in the upper right corner of every active exam screen.
- After an OSLE is completed, a results screen appears that summarizes the candidate’s score details.
This remote, open-book OSLE format provides candidates with 1 or more links to the posted state optometry laws, which may be viewed during the exam to search for correct item responses.
In-house, open-book, online format:
A state optometry board or state health department may choose to administer this type of law exam in the Charlotte, North Carolina NCCTO facility (FL). These OSLE candidates are welcome to schedule their law exams just before or right after they take their Part III CSE in Charlotte. These exams involve a specific exam appointment at the NCCTO, with a defined start and stop time. Click on the state link above (Florida) to view state-specific information.
Basic exam features for the in-house, open-book, online format are identical to those described above.
One or more links to the state optometry laws are available to candidates during the exam in this type of OSLE.
Links to the Florida and Nevada state optometry statutes and rules are provided in the Florida and Nevada boxes above. All FL and NV law exam candidates are encouraged to study the lengthy linked materials BEFORE sitting for their exams. It is suggested that examinees become familiar with the content of these laws prior to the exam, and practice navigating through these documents, so that answers to exam questions can be found efficiently during these timed exams.
In-house, proctored, closed-book, online format:
These OSLEs are administered at the Part III CSE testing center (NCCTO) in Charlotte. These online law exams (SD) allow candidates to take their state law exams during their Part III CSE visit to Charlotte, North Carolina. Proctored law exams involve a specific exam appointment at the NCCTO, with a defined start and stop time. Click on the state link above (South Dakota) to view state-specific information.
Basic exam features for this in-house, proctored, closed-book, online OSLE format are identical to the process described above.
Links to the state optometry laws are NOT available to candidates during the exam in this type of OSLE.
Online State Law Exam Score Reporting:
For ALL OSLEs, to complete an online state law exam and ensure that the chosen regulatory state optometry board or department of health receives the exam results, Score My Exam must be clicked when a candidate has finished taking and reviewing the test. Immediately following the completion of any OSLE, the regulatory board staff or department of health staff can review candidate scores on their password-protected NBEO/OSLE admin pages. All OSLE candidates will see a results screen with a score and exam summary when a test is ended. Subsequently:
- Notification of a candidate’s official score is sent to the candidate by the
Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Texas, and
West Virginia state board offices.
- Florida OSLE candidates find their official law exam scores through Access My Exam (below), and from there, Click HERE to View Past Exam Results. The Florida regulatory board does not send candidates additional notice of their law exam results.
- The South Dakota Board office scores the essay questions on the SD OSLE and then sends official scores to its law exam candidates.
|Click here to register for an online state law exam.
|ACCESS MY EXAM
|Click here to log onto the online state law exam system.