Today is:  May 2, 2016
Related Links
::April 08, 2016
Registration for the September 2016 CPDO examination is now available.
- Register Now
::April 08, 2016
Registration for the December 2016 Part II PAM and TMOD examination is now available.
- Register Now
::April 05, 2016
Scores for the February 2016 Part III CSE and ISE examinations have been posted online.
- View Now
::March 29, 2016
Registration for the August 2016 Part I ABS examination is now available.
- Register Now
::February 24, 2016
Candidate Instructions for March 2016 ABS (Part I) have been posted online.
- View Now
::February 24, 2016
Exam Schedules for 2017 have been posted online.
- View Now
::February 16, 2016
Registration for the Part III CSE examination is now available for the Class of 2017.
- Register Now
::January 26, 2016
The Winter 2016 edition of TestPoints has been posted.
- View Now
::January 20, 2016
Scores for the December 2015 Part II PAM and TMOD examinations have been posted online.
- View Now
::January 8, 2016
Candidate Instructions for April 2016 PAM (Part II) and TMOD have been posted online.
- View Now
::December 01, 2015
Minnesota Onlinse State Law Exam has been updated.
- Register Now
- Already Registered?
::November 05, 2015
Scores for the September 2015 CPDO examination have been posted online.
- View Now
::November 12, 2015
Registration for the April 2016 Part II PAM and TMOD examinations is now available.
- Register Now
::October 14, 2015
Registration for the June 2016 ACMO examination is now available.
- Register Now
::July 9, 2015
National Board to Administer the Florida Optometry Laws and Rules Examination
- Register Now
::July 2, 2015
CSE and ISE Orientation Videos for 2016 have been posted online.
- view CSE video
- view ISE video
::June 25, 2015
2016 Candidate Evaluation Forms and Guide are now available online.
- View Now
::February 27, 2015
Dr. Jack Terry named Chief Executive Officer of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.
- View Now
::February 13, 2014
Registration for the Part III CSE and ISE examination is now open for the class of 2016.
- Register Now

Part III CSE & ISE Registration Information


All 50 States require a passing score on the Part III CSE exam. Florida and North Carolina do require a specific number of raw points for certain skills. Candidates are encouraged to contact their individual states to determine state-specific requirements.

Registration usually opens by February 15th of each year.

Students who will be in their final year of school (as verified by the individual school) may register to take the CSE exam beginning on August 1st or later. Sponsored candidates must pass Parts I and II before taking Part III. Please review Eligibility Requirements for additional information.

On occasion, additional exam sessions can be opened. This is not a guarantee and is dependent upon the test center schedule. You can send an email to with dates that you are requesting to take the exam to see if anything can be opened. But remember, there is no guarantee that your preferred date/time will be an option.

Candidates can only have one registration for CSE in the system. Once you have completed the initial scheduled exam, you can register again, as long as it is not within the same month as the previous registration.

If a Candidate has taken CSE and needs to re-take the exam, there is no wait-time to register. The only exception is that Candidates cannot take the exam twice in the same month. So if you took CSE in October, you could take it again in November.


Outside of 30 days before exam date:

  • Candidates may reschedule their exam without incurring any rescheduling fees 31 or more days before the scheduled exam date.
  • This change can be done online, by the candidate, by accessing their NBEO account at: Check My Registration

Within 30 days of exam date:

  • Candidates who want to reschedule their exam date 30 days or less before the scheduled exam date cannot make the change themselves.
  • Any changes within 30 days of an exam date will incur a $150 rescheduling fee.
  • The rescheduling fee can be paid online at Reschedule Exam.
    • Select "CSE" for Exam Type.
    • Select "Reschedule Exam" for Appeal Type.
    • In justification, list the reason why the exam needs to be rescheduled.
    • In requested action, list the preferred date and time to reschedule the exam to (exam dates/times not guaranteed – if the date/time selected is not available, Staff will work with the Candidate to coordinate a date/time).
  • After the fee is paid, NBEO/NCCTO staff will contact the Candidate to confirm the rescheduling of the exam date..

Reschedule fee exceptions:

  • For CSE, the only acceptable reasons for rescheduling without incurring a fee are situations which are beyond your or our control. If a Candidate feels their situation is an acceptable reason that falls into one of the categories below, they should submit documentation with their request to reschedule. The National Board will consider the requests but cannot guarantee the fee will be waived as it will depend on the circumstance.
  • An example of an acceptable reason for reschedule would be:

    • Unexpected Accident
    • Illness
    • Death or Illness of Immediate Family Member
    • Flight Cancellation
    • Weather-Related Incidents (ie: blizzard, storm that grounds transportation, etc)
    • Military Orders


  • Candidates withdrawing from CSE will forfeit their examination fee.
  • To withdraw, send an email to outlining the following information:
    • Candidate Name:
    • OE Tracker #:
    • Date Scheduled:
    • Exam Scheduled: CSE
    • Site Location: Charlotte
    • Statement requesting a full withdraw from CSE


  • The National Board reserves the right to add or cancel a test session at any time. In the event an exam is canceled, Candidates will be informed as soon as possible. If an exam is canceled, staff will work with Candidates to reschedule the exam date.
  • In the event of poor weather that inhibits the exam from occurring, Candidates will be informed as soon as possible. If weather conditions prohibit a Candidate from traveling to the exam, the Candidate should contact the NCCTO as soon as possible to coordinate a reschedule of their exam.


  • Student candidates are permitted to take Part III starting August of the year prior to graduation. However, an individual candidate's official score report containing Part III scores will not be released until the National Board has received official notification that the candidate has graduated. Also, no official score reports containing Part III scores will be released to any candidate until the posted date for Release of Score Reports.

Additional information can be found under the FAQs Page.

Copyright © 2016 National Board of Examiners in Optometry, Inc. All rights reserved.

Terms of Use  |  Privacy Statement  |  Help  |  Contact