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::March 27, 2020
Scores for the March 2020 CPDO® examination have been posted online.
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::March 27, 2020
Scores for the February 2020 Part III CSE® and ISE® examinations have been posted online.
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::March 6, 2020
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::February 7, 2020
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::January 24, 2020
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::January 10, 2020
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::December 6, 2019
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::November 8, 2019
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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.


Health and Safety Update

UPDATED March 23, 2020

Coronavirus and Candidates Planning to Take Upcoming NBEO Examinations

NBEO is continuing to monitor the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization regarding the spread of novel Coronavirus and its associated disease, COVID-19. Our top priority is the safety of our examination candidates. We will continue to keep you timely informed of necessary exam administration updates at this website.

Part I ABS Exam Administration (March 17-20, 2020) Cancelled

NBEO has received notification from Pearson VUE that they have made the difficult decision to close all US and Canada based testing centers effective immediately for at least 30 days. NBEO will work closely with Pearson VUE as additional information is available. We do understand the frustrating nature of this change. Please understand NBEO is committed to finding a resolution while following guidance from public health authorities. We will continue to post information on our website as it is available.

Part II PAM and TMOD Exam Administration (April 7, 2020) Cancelled

Based on the information above from Pearson VUE, the Part II PAM and TMOD examinations will not be administered on April 7, 2020 as originally planned. NBEO will continue to work with Pearson VUE as additional information is available. Please continue to check this website for future updates.

NCCTO Center Closure (Effective March 18 through April 17, 2020)

The National Center of Clinical Testing in Optometry (NCCTO) in Charlotte, NC will be extending its temporary closure through Friday, April 17, 2020. We are aware of the importance of the examinations scheduled during this time. However, given candidate travel and the close personal contact during the examinations, it is important to follow precautions to protect the health of our candidates and staff. If your examination at the NCCTO is scheduled during this temporary closure, then NBEO staff will be contacting you to reschedule your appointment. Please note that this temporary closure impacts candidates scheduled for the Part III Clinical Skills Examination, Injections Skills Examination, and In-house Online State Law Exams.

We hope to reopen the NCCTO for examinations on Saturday, April 18, 2020. Given the nature of the situation, please note that the dates are subject to change. Please click here to contact us with your questions.

Remote Online State Law Exams (OSLEs)

Remote OSLE testing is still proceeding. Candidates can access the OSLE portal to register and take their selected state law examination.


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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