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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.


COVID-19 Health and Safety Update

UPDATED May 21, 2020

Coronavirus and Candidates Planning to Take Upcoming NBEO Examinations

The National Board of Examiners in Optometry would like to thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time. We have been working closely with Pearson VUE since Pearson had to temporarily close their testing centers amidst COVID-19. We have now finalized with Pearson VUE new examination dates for the Part I ABS, Part II PAM, and stand-alone TMOD examinations.

The new examination dates are:

  • Part 1 ABS
    • July 27 - August 15, 2020 (three-week window for candidates originally scheduled for March 17-20, 2020)
    • November 10 or 13, 2020(non-targeted administration replacing the examination originally scheduled for August 4, 2020 – candidates will select from one of the two dates)
  • Part II PAM and TMOD
    • July 15 or 17, 2020 (dates available for candidates originally scheduled for April 7, 2020 – candidates will select from one of the two dates)

Candidates will be notified directly in an email and this website will be updated to state when candidates may begin seat selection for these new dates. Candidates do not need to re-register with NBEO.

Candidates should be aware that Pearson VUE test centers are operating at only 50% capacity due to social distancing requirements. Candidates should also be aware that Pearson VUE is not setting aside seats solely for NBEO candidates. Therefore, once seat selection opens, candidates are encouraged to select a seat as promptly as possible.

Candidates who were approved for accommodations for the March 2020 ABS exam and/or April 2020 PAM and TMOD exams will be given their same approved accommodations in July/August. Candidates with accommodations should not select a seat for the new dates: NBEO will be contacting these candidates about seat selection.

NBEO has learned that a date for seat selection appeared on the Pearson VUE website creating confusion among our candidates. This date is NOT a confirmed date for NBEO candidates to begin the seat selection process. NBEO is working with Pearson VUE daily to finalize the process for seat selection. Once this process has been finalized and a date is confirmed, NBEO will email candidates directly and post the information on our website. Please be assured that NBEO is doing everything we can to work with Pearson VUE and complete this process as quickly as possible. You may click here to contact us with any questions.

National Center of Clinical Testing in Optometry

The National Center of Clinical Testing in Optometry (NCCTO) reopened on May 18, 2020 for candidate testing after a temporary testing suspension due to COVID-19. NBEO has implemented multiple safety measures including mandatory PPE usage, a wellness screening, and disinfection protocols to protect our candidates and staff. Candidates scheduled for examinations will receive an email from NBEO approximately 2 weeks prior to their appointment time detailing the safety requirements and protocols that will be in place upon arrival at the testing center. Please click here to view the changes in response to COVID-19. You may click here to contact NCCTO with any questions related to examinations scheduled at the NCCTO.


News from the NBEO

March 16, 2020

Registration for the 2021 Administration of the Laser and Surgical Procedures Examination (LSPE) is now open!

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News from the NBEO

February 14, 2020

Registration for the 2021 Administration of the Part III Clinical Skills Examination (CSE®) and Injection Skills Examination (ISE®) is now open!

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News from the NBEO

14 January, 2020

The National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) continuously strives to provide high quality examinations. We would like to share a few organizational updates as the new year begins.

Part III Clinical Skills Examination (CSE) restructuring continues
Substantial progress has been made on the Part III exam restructure over the past year, and this project will continue in 2020. The restructure task force has been extremely active in generating a preliminary exam blueprint which is expected to be finalized by the end of the year. Further details regarding the goals and methodology of the restructure can be found in an article published in the December edition of Optometry and Vision Science1. Additionally, an upcoming job task analysis (JTA) will provide the optometric community an opportunity to give critical feedback that will contribute to the exam’s content. The JTA will be distributed later this month. Click here for more information about the job task analysis.

Updated website planned for summer 2020
NBEO is preparing to update our website in the summer of 2020 to make it more user-friendly. Please continue to visit this site, as more details will be revealed in the coming months.

National Center of Clinical Testing in Optometry expansion complete
NCCTO® renovations are complete with the addition of four examination lanes and more locker space. This addition has allowed for more flexibility in candidate scheduling.


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1Hobbs, Brianne and Bryant, Jill. 2019. "Examination innovation: Transforming the National Board of Examiners in Optometry's Clinical Skills Examination." Optometry and Vision Science 96 (12): 896-897. doi: 10.1097/OPX.0000000000001455.

Laser and Surgical Procedures Examination
The Laser and Surgical Procedures Examination (LSPE) went live in the fall of 2019. We will be entering the second administration year beginning in August 2020, with registration opening in March. For more information about LSPE, click here.

Part I, II, and III Examination fees increase effective February 15th
NBEO continues to take its commitment to fiscal responsibility seriously while balancing organizational expenses and initiatives. As a part of NBEO’s strategic plan to best serve the public, the organization annually reviews the examination fee structure during its overall financial review. Accordingly, NBEO has determined that exam fees will increase by $100 for the Part I, II, and III exams effective February 15, 2020. NBEO is still able to keep total examination costs lower than other health professions (shown in the chart below).



*The amount displayed is the total cost to complete the exam sequence from information publicly available as of 1/13/2020
**Canadian to US exchange rate as of 1/13/2020
***Regional exam pricing subject to change
****The amount displayed is the total cost with the exam fee increase.

The table below shows which examinations will be affected in 2020.

Thank you for your ongoing support and the opportunity to serve you in 2020!


News from the NBEO

15 March, 2019

National Center of Clinical Testing in Optometry (NCCTO®): Updates for the August 2019 -July 2020 Administration Cycle

The Part III Clinical Skills Examination and Injections Skills Examination schedule is available for the August 2019 - July 2020 administration. Registration opened for both examinations on February 15, 2019.

New Slit Lamps for the Part III CSE
The NBEO will be replacing the slit lamps used for the Part III Clinical Skills Examination (CSE) beginning August 1, 2019 with the Haag-Streit BI900. More information about this slit lamp can be found in the 2020 Site Information and Equipment List for the CSE on our website here. Candidates are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the features of this model.

Part III CSE Orientation Video
Beginning August 1, 2019, during the Part III CSE on-site orientation Candidates will have the choice to view the Orientation Video or spend their time practicing with the equipment. The Orientation Video is available on our website here. Candidates are encouraged to view the video as well as the Evaluation Forms, Candidate Guide, and Site Information List before arriving at the NCCTO as these materials address questions they may have about their exam day.


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.

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