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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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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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::June 15, 2017
The 2018 Exam Calendar is now available to view online.
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The National Board administers two types of examinations: complete, integrated comprehensive examination Parts; and a short, limited-scope, special examination. The three Parts of the standard "National Boards" are designed primarily for different stages of a candidate's optometric education and training. Special examinations, on the other hand, are designed primarily for practitioners who wish to broaden their scope of practice in accordance with expanding practice statutes. Listed below are the National Board examinations scheduled for 2018.

Comprehensive Part Examinations ("National Boards")

Special Examination

The three comprehensive examination Parts are designed as a complete set of examinations to assess the cognitive, psychomotor, affective, and communication skills that are essential for entry-level optometric practice.

Each examination Part is developed by a broad geographic cross-section of the optometric community, which includes faculty members, state board members, and practitioners. These subject-matter experts comprise test development committees that are responsible for developing a specific portion or section of an examination Part. For written examinations, this activity consists of reviewing, editing, and selecting test items written by the National Board's team of consultant item writers and case writers. All test items are scrutinized for accuracy, conformance to the specific test content outline, and appropriateness for entry-level difficulty.

Each examination development committee is represented on one of the three examination councils, each of which also has representation by a liaison member from the Board of Directors. Every council is responsible for the integration of the component sections of one of the Parts, and may be responsible for a related special examination (e.g., TMOD®). Throughout this process, the examination councils are responsible for monitoring and maintaining the entry-level appropriateness of all test content.

Each examination council also directs and reviews the scoring of the corresponding examination Part. This process includes the identification of flawed test items that should be deleted from scoring and any irregularities that might exert either a random or systematic deleterious effect on the scoring. The councils are accountable to the Board of Directors, which is ultimately responsible for the validity of the examinations, and the reliability of the examination results.

Part I ABS®, Part II PAM®, and TMOD® are administered twice each year. Both administrations of the respective Parts are designed to be alike with respect to content, difficulty, and pass-fail cutoff scores. As these examinations are integrated tests, they each have one overall pass-fail standard that must be met. This allows candidates to compensate for areas of relative subject-matter weakness by other areas of relative strength. However, candidates who fail the overall Part must repeat the entire Part. Part III CSE® is administered throughout the year.

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