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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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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.


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, please email the Director of Clinical Testing, Dr. Lyndon Wong (lyndon.wong@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.


August 2018 - July 2019 Administration : Part III (CSE®)

2 January, 2018

The Tentative Evaluation Forms for Part III being administered August 1, 2018-July 30, 2019 will be online no later than January 15, 2018. These forms are meant to provide candidates provisional guidance on what to expect for the upcoming administration of the Part III exam and are subject to change. Please note that the Injections Skill Examination will no longer be embedded within the Part III exam for exam dates beginning August 1, 2018. Therefore, you will need to register separately to take the Injections Skill Exam.

A new standard setting will be performed for the Part III, Clinical Skills Examination this year. Therefore, the reporting of scores will be initially delayed. The anticipation is that August and September 2018 scores will be available no later than December 2018.

The Candidate Guide, Orientation, Equipment & Supply Lists for the 2019 Administration of Part III should be available by June 1, 2018.


LASER and Surgical Procedures Examination Coming Soon!

1 January, 2018

Development of the LASER and Surgical Procedures Exam (LSPE) is well underway. This examination is designed to serve as a tool in the credentialing process of any state board that wishes to assess optometric knowledge and skills in certain LASER and surgical procedures. You may review the LSPE Skills shown in the video below.


Part I - ABS® Tutorial Now Available for Download

1 January, 2018

The tutorial for the ABS® exam can be downloaded here. The tutorial includes a short (4-item) sample test. Due to variability in screen size and resolution, there will be minor differences in the appearance of the items, drug list, and calculator on the sample test compared to the actual exam. See the ABS® description for more details.

Note that the tutorial requires a Windows-based PC and is not available for Mac platforms.

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