Online State Law Exams (OSLEs)
Some optometry licensure candidates may be required to take a state law examination regarding the statutes, rules, and regulations that govern the practice of optometry in that state. Since January 2010, NBEO has offered the Online State Law Exam (OSLE) program to assist state boards by administering their state law exams in an online version through the NBEO website. As a candidate takes the law exam (except for South Dakota exam), the NBEO website provides one or more links to the chosen state optometry board website to serve as a reference source for the candidate by presenting the optometry laws specific to that state. Candidates must obtain an official OSLE score directly from the state board (except for Florida); Florida law exam scores are posted on the NBEO Official Score Report (OSR).
The states currently requiring an online state law examination administered by the National Board are listed below. Click on any of the states below to obtain additional information and requirements specific to each state.
For some states (Texas and North Dakota), 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.
Candidates may request on the application screen to register for one or more ONLINE state optometry law examinations (OSLEs). Candidates are cautioned to register for OSLEs carefully because these law exam fees are non-refundable*. Typically, student candidates who are registering for the Part I exam should NOT sign up for an OSLE.
- The fee for the remote online state law exam (MO, MN, ND, OR, WV, TX) is $25
- The in-house OSLE fee is $100 (SD, FL)
*Texas OSLE candidates should note that beginning January 1, 2015, there may be a $30 late fee imposed when registering for the Texas law exam outside the published registration interval.
OSLEs can be taken in three different formats:
- Open-book, online format; on any Internet-connected computer of the candidate's choice (Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oregon, and West Virginia)>
Open-book, online format; at the National Center of Clinical Testing in Optometry (NCCTO) in Charlotte, North Carolina (Florida)
- Proctored, closed-book format; at the National Center of Clinical Testing in Optometry (NCCTO) in Charlotte, North Carolina (South Dakota)
1) In the open-book, online OSLE format chosen by some state optometry boards (MO, MN, ND, OR, and WV), candidates are able to take their OSLEs at any time on any Internet-connected computer. Other state boards (Texas) may define specific registration and testing time intervals. Rules that apply to specific OSLEs can be viewed by clicking on the states listed above.
Once an open-book OSLE is accessed on the NBEO website and is initiated, it may be paused as needed at the candidate's discretion 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 page, clicks on ACCESS MY EXAM, and 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. This open-book OSLE format provides 1 or more links to the posted state optometry laws, which may be viewed during the exam to search for correct item responses.
For remote open-book OSLEs that are open year-round, candidates have 14 days to complete their exams once they log onto the OSLE program and initiate their exams. When a state (such as Texas) has specific testing time intervals, 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 time window. 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.
2) A state board or health department may choose to have its open-book, online format law exam administered at the Charlotte, North Carolina NCCTO facility (such as Florida). Florida OSLE candidates are welcome to schedule their law exams before or after they take their Part III CSE in Charlotte. These OSLEs involve a specific exam appointment at the NCCTO, with a defined start and stop time. Please click on the Florida link above to review the exam specifics.
The Florida open-book OSLE format computer instructions are identical to those described above. Items appear on the computer monitor one at a time. Candidates advance to the next question or return to completed questions as they progress through the exam. Links to the state optometry laws are available to candidates during the exam in this type of in-house, open-book, online state law exam. However, there is a specific timed testing interval.
3) Proctored, closed-book OSLEs are administered at the Part III CSE testing center (NCCTO) in Charlotte. These ONLINE law exams (as given by South Dakota) allow candidates to take their state law exams during their Part III CSE visit to Charlotte, North Carolina during which they take their Part III CSE. Proctored law exams involve a specific exam appointment at the NCCTO, with a defined start and stop time. Please click on the South Dakota link above to review the exam specifics.
Exam presentation for this proctored, closed-book OSLE format is identical to the open-book process in that questions appear on the computer monitor one at a time. Candidates advance to the next question or return to completed questions as they progress through the exam. However, there is a specific timed testing interval for this South Dakota exam, and links to the state optometry laws are NOT available to candidates during the exam in this type of OSLE.
For ALL OSLEs, to complete an online state law exam and ensure that the chosen regulatory state optometry board receives the exam results, SCORE MY EXAM must be clicked when a candidate has finished taking and reviewing the exam. For all OSLEs, a candidate will see an unofficial score upon exam completion.
- The South Dakota Board office scores the essay questions on the SD OSLE and then sends the final score to its law exam candidates.
- Notification of candidates’ official scores are sent to the candidates by the Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oregon, Texas, and West Virginia state board offices.
- Florida OSLE scores are available to candidates on the National Board Official Score Report (OSR).
|Click here to register for an online state law exam.
|ACCESS MY EXAM
|Click here to log onto the online state law exam system.