Mission Statement: To serve the public and the profession of optometry by developing, administering, scoring, and reporting results of valid examinations that assess competence.
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.
Part I ABS going to a Computer-Based Test (CBT)
The Part I ABS Examination will be a Computer-Based Test (CBT) beginning March 2017. The March 2017 Part I ABS exam will be administered on four days, allowing candidates to choose the date that is most convenient. Examination dates will be March 21 or 22 or 23 or 24, 2017. Candidates will test on a single day, not four separate days.
Examination Fee Increase
Exam fees for Part I ABS, Part II PAM, and Part III CSE are increasing to $725 effective February 15, 2016
||Will NOT Effect
|Part I ABS
|Part II PAM
|Part III CSE
||Aug. 1, 2015-July 30, 2016
||Aug. 1, 2016-July 30, 2017
Florida Online State Law Exam (OSLE)
The NBEO now administers all Florida Optometry Laws and Rules Examinations.
Over Summer 2015, the testing venue for this exam was relocated from Prometric test facilities across the country to the NBEO testing facility in Charlotte, NC. Though there was a month-long overlap of testing availability shared between Prometric and the NBEO, this temporary phase has concluded. All Florida optometry jurisprudence exams are given at the NBEO’s National Center of Clinical Testing in Optometry (NCCTO) in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Florida optometry licensure applicants may register on this NBEO website for the Florida Optometry Laws and Rules Examination. Online NBEO registration for this exam is open 24/7. There are up to 8 appointment slots available per testing day. While registering, the testing appointment is chosen through use of the online scheduling calendar embedded within the registration process. If Florida OSLE scheduling problems are encountered, examinees may call the NBEO (704.332.9565) or may email the NBEO (email@example.com).
Fourth-year optometry students who are interested in Florida licensure are encouraged to sign up for and take the Florida online state law exam (OSLE) during their Part III CSE visit to Charlotte.
Non-student ODs who are considering Florida licensure carefully should review the eligibility requirements for Florida licensure before signing up for the non-refundable Florida OSLE.
Additional information about the Florida law exam is available on the OSLE webpage, on the NBEO website. Questions not covered on the OSLE webpage can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 you and 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.