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::February 15, 2019
The NBEO has officially opened up LSPE registration!
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::February 8, 2019
Scores for the December 2018 Part III CSE® and ISE examinations have been posted online.
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::January 24, 2019
Scores for the December 2018 Part II PAM® and TMOD® examinations have been posted online.
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::January 11, 2019
Scores for the November 2018 Part III CSE® and ISE examinations have been posted online.
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::January 08, 2019
The 2019 and 2020 Exam Calendars are now available to view online.
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::December 6, 2018
Scores for the October 2018 Part III CSE® and ISE examinations have been posted online.
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::November 9, 2018
Scores for the September 2018 Part III CSE® and ISE examinations have been posted online.
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::October 15, 2018
Registration for the June 2019 ACMO® examination is now available.
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::October 5, 2018
Scores for the August 2018 Part III CSE® and ISE examinations have been posted online.
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::September 28, 2018
Scores for the August 2018 Part I ABS® examination have been posted online.
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::September 28, 2018
Scores for the September 2018 CPDO® examination have been posted online.
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::September 28, 2018
Registration for the March 2019 CPDO® examination is now available.
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::September 7, 2018
Scores for the July 2018 Part III CSE® and ISE examinations have been posted online.
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::August 20, 2018
Registration for the March 2019 Part I ABS® examination is now available.
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::August 8, 2018
Scores for the June 2018 ACMO® examination have been posted online.
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::August 3, 2018
Scores for the June 2018 Part III CSE® and ISE examinations have been posted online.
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::July 6, 2018
Scores for the May 2018 Part III CSE® and ISE examinations have been posted online.
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::June 8, 2018
Scores for the April 2018 Part III CSE® and ISE examinations have been posted online.
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::May 11, 2018
Scores for the March 2018 Part III CSE® and ISE examinations have been posted online.
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::May 11, 2018
Scores for the April 2018 Part II PAM® and TMOD® examinations have been posted online.
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::May 10, 2018
Scores for the March 2018 Part I ABS® examination have been posted online.
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::May 3, 2018
The 2019 administration Part III Evaluation Forms and Candidate Guide are available online for you to review.
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::April 27, 2018
Scores for the March 2018 CPDO® examination have been posted online.
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::April 10, 2018
Registration for the August 2018 Part I ABS® examination is now available.
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::April 10, 2018
Registration for the December 2018 Part II PAM & TMOD® examination is now available.
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::April 2, 2018
Scores for the February 2018 Part III CSE® and ISE examinations have been posted online.
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::March 20, 2018
Announcement for Part I candidates regarding Pearson Center closings.
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::March 9, 2018
Scores for the January 2018 Part III CSE® and ISE examinations have been posted online.
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::February 26, 2018
Instructions to Candidates for the March 2018 Part I ABS® examination have been posted online.
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::February 9, 2018
Scores for the December 2017 Part III CSE® and ISE examinations have been posted online.
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::January 22, 2018
The 2019 Exam Schedule is now available.
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::January 12, 2018
Scores for the November 2017 Part III CSE® and ISE examinations have been posted online.
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::December 6, 2017
Scores for the October 2017 Part III CSE® and ISE examinations have been posted online.
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::November 8, 2017
Scores for the September 2017 Part III CSE® and ISE examinations have been posted online.
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::October 19, 2017
Registration for the June 2018 ACMO® examination is now available.
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::October 6, 2017
Scores for the August 2017 Part III CSE® and ISE examinations have been posted online.
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::October 3, 2017
Scores for the September 2017 CPDO® examination have been posted online.
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::September 29, 2017
Scores for the August 2017 Part I ABS® examination have been posted online.
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::September 8, 2017
Scores for the July 2017 Part III CSE® and ISE examinations have been posted online.
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::June 30, 2017
2017-2018 Candidate Evaluation Forms and Guide are now available online.
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::June 30 , 2017
CSE® and ISE Orientation Videos for 2017-2018 have been posted online.
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Mission Statement: To serve the public and the profession of optometry by developing, administering, scoring, and reporting results of valid examinations that assess competence.

Established in 1951, the NBEO® is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit organization whose examinations are universally accepted for optometric licensure in the United States and accepted internationally.

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.


NBEO’s Laser and Surgical Procedures Examination (LSPE) Now Open for Registration!

15 February, 2019

The National Board of Examiners in Optometry® (NBEO) is proud to announce registration is now open for its Laser and Surgical Procedures Examination (LSPE). The examination will consist of both a computer-based testing (CBT) portion and a clinical skills portion. The LSPE exam is comprised of a Laser section and a Surgical section allowing candidates to register for one or both portions of the examination.

The LSPE exam will be administered at the National Center for Clinical Testing in Optometry (NCCTO®) in Charlotte, NC.

Candidates eligible to sit for this examination must be optometric 4th-year students, residents, or practitioners. For more information about LSPE click here.

You may view the LSPE video showcasing a brief overview of the examination below.


News From the NBEO

13 February, 2019

College of Optometrists of Ontario Council Approves NBEO® Part I, II, III Exams as Alternate Standards Assessment Examination

On January 18, 2019, the College of Optometrists of Ontario Council approved the NBEO Part I, II, and III examinations as an alternate standards assessment examination. Passing scores of all three examinations after January 18, 2019 will be required for registration with the college.

For more information, please contact the College of Optometrists of Ontario.


New Associate Director of Examination Innovation

7 February, 2019

The National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) announces new Associate Director of Examination Innovation

Dr. Brianne Hobbs has been named the Associate Director of Examination Innovation. Prior to joining the NBEO, Dr. Hobbs served as an Associate Professor and the Director of Residencies at the Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry. While there she was involved with the initial development of the curriculum and led the establishment of the internal and external residency programs. She has served as a member of the NBEO Part I ABS® development committee since 2014, and is an author of two columns focusing on evidence-based clinical care.

Dr. Hobbs received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Missouri – St Louis and completed her post-doctoral residency in ocular disease and low vision rehabilitation at the Kansas City Veterans Administration Medical Center in 2011.

Dr. Hobbs is looking forward to joining the NBEO staff in her new role.


News from the NBEO

1 February, 2019

Changes Coming in 2019

The National Board of Examiners in Optometry® (NBEO) continuously strives to provide high quality examinations that align with its mission of public protection. Several changes are underway in 2019.

Laser and Surgical Procedures Examination

The NBEO is excited to offer its newly developed Laser and Surgical Procedures Examination (LSPE). LSPE is designed as a stand-alone, elective examination offered to optometric 4th-year students, residents, and practitioners. More information will be provided about LSPE registration and implementation in mid-February 2019.

NBEO-Board Certification

The voluntary NBEO-Board Certification (NBEO-BC) program will be discontinued due to low participation. Information will be communicated directly to those individuals who presently hold the NBEO-BC credential.

Part III Clinical Skills Examination (CSE®) Restructuring

To ensure the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and contemporary optometric examinations, the NBEO continuously reviews content and clinical skills as part of its ongoing pledge to public protection and meeting the needs of the optometric profession. As previously announced, the NBEO is excited to embark upon the restructuring of the Part III Clinical Skills Examination (CSE). More information will be forthcoming as this multi-year process develops.

Six-Attempt Limitation Policy

As announced last year, beginning August 1, 2019, there will be a six-time limit for each examination (Part I Applied Basic Science, Part II Patient Assessment and Management, Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease, Part III Clinical Skills Examination, and Injections Skills Examination). Examination attempts both prior to and after August 1, 2019 will count toward this limit. The NBEO will offer an appeals process, requiring submission of a remediation plan, for individuals who wish to appeal the six-time limit.

Part I, II, and III Examination Fees Increase

The NBEO takes its commitment to fiscal responsibility seriously while balancing increasing organizational expenses and initiatives. As part of the NBEO’s strategic plan to best serve the public, the organization annually reviews the examination fee structure during its overall financial review. Accordingly, the NBEO has determined that exam fees will increase by $125 for the Part I, II, and III effective February 15, 2019. Compared to the licensing examination fees for other health professions (shown in the chart below), the NBEO is proud it is able to keep total examination fees relatively low despite rising operating costs.

*Canadian to US exchange rate as of January 29, 2019
**The amount displayed is the total cost to complete the exam sequence from information publicly available as of January 29, 2019

The table below shows which examinations will be affected in 2019.



Thank you for your ongoing support of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. Please contact the NBEO if you have any questions.


New Associate Director of Clinical Testing

1 November, 2018

The National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) announces new Associate Director of Clinical Testing

Dr. Mandy Sallach has been named the Associate Director of Clinical Testing. She has served as the Acting Associate Director of Clinical Skills Testing with the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) since May 2018.

Prior to joining the NBEO, Dr. Sallach was in private practice. She also has experience in healthcare technology and practice management consulting. Dr. Sallach is a member of the American Optometric Association, North Carolina Optometric Society, and president of her local optometry society. Dr. Sallach received her undergraduate degree from The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, majoring in Biomedical Science. In 2012, she received her Doctor of Optometry from The Ohio State University College of Optometry.

Dr. Sallach enjoys serving the profession of optometry and is excited to continue her service with the NBEO.


Stand-alone TMOD Exam Time

25 September, 2018

Beginning in April 2019, the time allotted for the stand-alone TMOD examination will be 3 hours. The appointment slot will include up to 10 minutes for the exam tutorial, 5 minutes for the non-disclosure agreement, and 165 minutes of test time.


Part III Revisions

18 June, 2018

The National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) Announces Work Will Begin to Revise the Content of the Part III Clinical Skills Examination

After several years of research, review and discussion with the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO), including feedback from ARBO’s National Board Examination Review Committee (NBERC), and the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO), the National Board of Examiners in Optometry will begin work to revise the Part III Clinical Skills Examination (CSE). Initial planning meetings have begun to develop the timeline to examination implementation and will provide further information as it becomes available.

Proposed revisions include knowledge assessments, patient scenarios, and patient record documentation while maintaining a performance evaluation of the most critical clinical skills. With these planned revisions, NBEO will not include any new skills for the upcoming Part III CSE administration beginning August 1, 2018 as previously announced. However, the Injections Skills Examination will only be offered as a stand-alone examination effective August 1, 2018. Updated evaluation forms and all candidate information for the upcoming 2018-2019 testing administration are available as of June 15, 2018.

To ensure the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and contemporary optometric examinations, NBEO constantly reviews content, examination components, and clinical skills as part of its ongoing pledge to public protection and the profession of optometry. This review involves discussions with a wide range of individuals, optometric organizations, and stakeholders. “ARBO is pleased to see NBEO’s evolution of the Part III Clinical Skills Examination to involve more clinical decision making,” said Dr. Richard Orgain, ARBO president. “We look forward to continued collaboration with NBEO as it begins this important task.”

NBEO President, Elizabeth Hoppe, OD, DrPH stated, “We are excited about the future Part III examination and will be asking for feedback from ARBO, the individual regulatory boards, and other stakeholders. NBEO believes that an examination with more application to clinical knowledge is necessary and aligned with our organizational mission of service to the public and the profession. We look forward to sharing more information as this process develops.”


Diagnostic Score Report Updates

20 April, 2018

After each exam administration, candidates receive a diagnostic score report intended to provide them detailed information on their performance. The NBEO has recently made three changes to the candidate diagnostic report. We believe these changes improve the overall clarity and understanding of these reports.

First, the National Summary statistics for Part I ABS®, Part II PAM®, and Part III CSE® are no longer included on the candidate diagnostic report. The NBEO® found that these statistics often drew candidates' attention away from their individual performance. Pass rate statistics by year can now be found on the NBEO® website under Statistical Reports. Updated pass rates will be posted coinciding with the release of scores for each exam administration.

Second, for Part I ABS® and Part II PAM®, all raw scores have been removed from the diagnostic report and have been replaced with the candidate's percent of correct responses for each discipline, content areas, and condition. The change to using percentages allows for consistency of reporting. The specific number of items in each area will vary from administration to administration and even among exam forms within the same administration. Candidates can continue to review the range of items for each area by viewing the Content Matrix on the NBEO® website.

Lastly, sub-discipline data have been removed from the diagnostic report. Many sub-disciplines have very few items, and there is no set range of items for each sub-discipline. With the change to percent scores, the NBEO believes that sub-discipline information is not useful.


Jill Bryant, OD Appointed as Executive Director

12 April, 2018

The Board of Directors of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO®) is very pleased to announce that S. Jill Bryant, OD, FAAO, FSLS has been named as the Executive Director of the organization.

Dr. Bryant is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, earning her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2004. She completed her residency in Primary Eye Care at the WJB Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina. Most recently, Dr. Bryant served as the Interim Executive Director of the NBEO® from April of 2017 until her appointment as Executive Director in April of 2018. She was the Chief Operating Officer of the NBEO® beginning in August of 2015.

Dr. Bryant came to the NBEO® after serving as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Contact Lens Service at Duke University Eye Center for almost ten years. Dr. Bryant has also served as a Clinical Examiner for the NBEO® Part III examination and as a member of the Continuing Professional Development in Optometry (CPDO) examination development Committee and Council. In addition, she has served as Assistant Chief Clinical Examiner of the North Carolina Board of Optometry. Dr. Bryant served as the President of the North Carolina Optometric Society in 2016-17, where she now holds the position of Immediate Past President.

Under its new leadership the NBEO® will be embarking on the process of developing a new organizational strategic plan to help position our organization to best meet the needs of the future, while continuing to serve our various stake-holders and the constituencies to which we are responsible. As always, the input of our "customers", collaborators, and partners is of vital importance to ensure that we are fulfilling our mission. Dr. Bryant and her staff, along with the members of the Board of Directors, will be working together to further advance NBEO®'s mission of protecting the public with high quality test development and administration, standard setting and equating, and test innovation.


Update Regarding CSE and ISE Registrations

10 April, 2018

Starting April 12, 2018, Candidates will be able to use our website to register for same day testing of both CSE and ISE. However, we ask that Candidates who do not wish to take ISE, please consider registering on a day where ISE is not scheduled. This will allow the students who wish to take both CSE and ISE the availability to do so. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact the NCCTO via email at: (nccto@optometry.org)


Upcoming Changes to Examination Eligibility

6 April, 2018

The National Board of Examiners in Optometry will make changes to its Examination Eligibility Policy effective August 1, 2019.

Candidates taking NBEO examinations will be limited to a total of six attempts for each examination (Part I Applied Basic Science, Part II Patient Assessment and Management, Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease, Part III Clinical Skills Examination, and Injections Skills Examination), including but not limited to all attempts prior to August 1, 2019.

The National Board of Examiners in Optometry serves to protect the public and the optometric profession through the development, administration, scoring and reporting of valid examinations that evaluate competence. "We believe these changes are appropriate," said NBEO President Elizabeth Hoppe, OD, MPH, DrPH. "After much discussion and consultation with the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO), and their member boards, it became apparent that this is a critical step towards ensuring protection of the public and the integrity of the examinations."

The NBEO examinations are designed to assure state boards that those candidates who pass the three parts demonstrate entry level competence to practice the profession of optometry. ARBO President Dr. Richard Orgain states, "This step shows that the NBEO takes its responsibility and commitment to the state boards very seriously. We are pleased to see NBEO following medicine in its adoption of a six-time attempt limit."

The NBEO will have an appeals process including submission of a remediation plan for individuals who wish to appeal beyond the six-time limit. Information regarding this process will become available on the NBEO website prior to the August 1, 2019 effective date.


Graduating Class of 2018

6 March, 2018

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 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.


UPDATE ON INVESTIGATION OF DATA BREACH

26 January, 2017

Reports of identity theft and fraud among optometrists have created concern within the profession and at its educational and professional organizations. NBEO® undertook an investigation as to whether a security compromise of personal information within NBEO's care had occurred. A thorough forensic investigation into this issue has now been completed and found no evidence of a compromise of personal information within NBEO's care. Of course, regular monitoring of financial accounts and personal credit files for suspicious activity is advisable for us all. If you have experienced actual or suspected identity theft or fraud, you should immediately report it to law enforcement.

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