Pencils, Calculators, Watches, Cell Phones, and All Other Electronic Devices
- No writing instruments may be brought into the examination rooms.
- A noteboard booklet and marker are provided to candidates at Pearson VUE testing centers that can be used as "scratch paper".
- Calculators may not be brought into the testing room.
- For the Part I ABS exam, an on-screen scientific calculator will be available.
- For the Part II PAM exam, an on-screen basic calculator will be available.
- Calculators are neither required nor permitted for the Part III, ACMO, or CPDO exams.
- No watches will be permitted in examination rooms.
- It is suggested that watches not be brought to the test venue to avoid loss or theft. (Lockers are provided at Pearson VUE testing centers that candidates can use at their own risk.)
- Large wall clocks will be provided for each exam room.
- No cell phones will be permitted in examination rooms.
- Candidates are advised not to bring cell phones to the test venue to avoid loss or theft. (Lockers are provided at Pearson VUE testing centers that candidates can use at their own risk.)
ALL OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES
- No electronic devices of any kind are permitted in exam rooms except for those necessary to assist disabled candidates (e.g., medicine infusion pump). Only those assistive devices that have been approved as test accommodations by the NBEO will be allowed in exam rooms. The test accommodation procedure can be viewed HERE.
- It is suggested that Candidates not bring electronic devices to the test venue to avoid loss or theft.
Non-compliance with any aspect of this policy will be regarded as an irregularity, which will be reported to the National Board by the Test Administrator, and may be subject to the consequences associated with cheating. After being admitted to an examination room, the use of a calculator, watch, cell phone, and/or any other electronic device which can be used for recording, photographing, communicating, or transmitting any test material shall provide the basis for one or more Board actions. These may include the withholding of scores, assignment of the 0F* score, and various legal consequences. Candidates found to have used any such devices during an NBEO examination risk being prohibited from taking future National Board examinations for an appropriate length of time, to be determined at the sole discretion of the National Board.