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LSPE FAQ

Registration, Reschedules, Withdraws

WHEN DOES REGISTRATION FOR THE UPCOMING YEAR OPEN?

Registration usually opens by February 15th of each year.

I AM A CURRENT STUDENT, WHEN CAN I TAKE THE LSPE?

Students who will be in their final year of school (eligibility must be verified by the individual school) may register to take the LSPE exam beginning on August 1st or later.

THERE AREN'T ANY DATES OPEN WHEN I NEED TO TAKE THE EXAM. WHAT DO I DO?

On occasion, additional exam sessions can be opened. This is not a guarantee and is dependent upon schedules and resources. You can send an email to NCCTO@optometry.org with dates that you are requesting to take the exam to see if anything can be opened.

I FAILED LSPE. WHEN CAN I REGISTER TO TAKE IT AGAIN?

There is no wait-time to register after taking the exam, but candidates cannot take the exam twice in the same month. For example, if you took LSPE in October, you could take it again in November.

I REGISTERED FOR LSPE BUT NEED TO CHANGE MY EXAM DATE

  • Candidates may reschedule their exam without incurring any rescheduling fees 30 or more days before their scheduled exam date
  • This change can be done online, by the candidate, by accessing their NBEO® account at: https://www.optometry.org/check_registration.cfm

WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE TO RESCHEDULE AND IT IS LESS THAN 30 DAYS PRIOR TO MY EXAM DATE?

  • Any changes within 30 days of an exam date will be considered a withdrawal and all examination fees will be forfeited. Instructions for how to withdraw can be found by clicking here. After the withdrawal request has been submitted NBEO® / NCCTO® staff will contact the Candidate to confirm the withdrawal is complete. The Candidate may then register for a new date.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE A LAST MINUTE EMERGENCY AND CANNOT MAKE MY EXAM DATE?

Call 800-969-EXAM and press option 2. If no one answers, leave a message. In addition, please send an email to NCCTO@optometry.org. Someone will contact you as soon as possible.

ARE THERE EXCEPTIONS TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE FEE FOR CHANGING AN EXAM DATE?

There are exceptions for paying the fee. These exceptions are typically situations that occur which are outside of the control of the Candidate or the NBEO®. With these types of situations, acceptable documentation would be required as proof to avoid the fee. Please call/email prior to registering for a change in exam date.
 
An example of an acceptable reason would be:
  • Unexpected Accident
  • Illness
  • Death or Illness of Immediate Family Member
  • Flight Cancellation
  • Weather-Related Incidents (ie: blizzard, storm that grounds transportation, etc)
  • Military Orders

I WANT TO WITHDRAW FROM LSPE, HOW DO I DO THIS?

Send an email to NBEO@optometry.org outlining the following information:
  • Candidate Name:
  • OE Tracker #:
  • Date Scheduled:
  • Exam Scheduled: Laser Section and/or Surgical Section of LSPE
  • Site Location: Charlotte
  • Statement requesting a full withdraw from one or both sections

The exam fee less a $150 service charge will be refunded if written notice of withdrawal is received by the National Board 30 or more days prior to the scheduled exam date.


NCCTO® / Test Center / Exam Information

HOW LONG IS THE LSPE EXAM?

For Candidates who are taking both the Laser and Surgical sections back to back, please plan on being at the test center for approximately 5 hours. If you choose to only take one section, please plan on being at the test center for approximately 3 hours. This timeframe includes the registration, orientation, exam and post-exam processes. Keep in mind these times are approximate and depend on the routine execution of an exam. In the event there is an unexpected situation that occurs, the exam may run longer.

CAN I TOUR THE NCCTO® AND SEE THE EXAM ROOMS AND EQUIPMENT?

No. The test center is not accessible to Candidates until their scheduled time. Candidates will have access to the equipment during the Candidate Orientation. Additionally, the NCCTO® has posted a list of the equipment, as well as photos to assist Candidates in familiarizing themselves with the exam room and equipment.

I MIGHT NEED SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS DURING MY EXAM, BUT I'M NOT SURE IF IT IS A TRUE ADA REQUEST. HOW CAN I GET GUIDANCE ON WHETHER TO SUBMIT AN ADA REQUEST?

Candidates who believe they may need Special Accommodations for the exam, but aren't sure if their request warrants a true ADA submission are encouraged to email NCCTO@optometry.org with an overview of their situation. NCCTO® Staff will then advise whether an official ADA request needs to be submitted. Candidates are required to submit their emails BEFORE registering for LSPE. This helps to avoid rescheduling the exam if a true ADA accommodation is required.

WHAT ARE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PREPARING FOR THE EXAM?

 
Study the evaluation forms!
  • The evaluation forms highlight exactly what will be scored.
  • The evaluation forms are processed through a simple "yes/no" grading system. Either the item is completed in entirety or it is not. Items not fully completed are marked No.
  • Review the Candidate Guide.
 
Make sure you have a view!
  • Candidates are strongly encouraged to make sure their views are visible for recording purposes for all Slit laser skills.
  • For laser skills, the video camera is mounted on the left ocular of the slit lamp. By checking this ocular, you can ensure your views are being recorded as you obtain them.
  • Candidates are also encouraged to confirm the presence of a view with their Proctor. As a reminder, when a Proctor states they have a view, this only indicates that they see something on the monitor. It does not indicate the clarity or quality of the view, or whether the view meets the minimum criteria. However, Candidates can be assured that their views will be recorded exactly as they obtain them, so long as the view is not obstructed.
 
Watch your time!
  • Candidates are responsible for monitoring their own time during the exam.
  • A wall mounted clock is in each exam room. Candidates are encouraged to write the time down when the exam rotation begins. Additionally a countdown clock is avalible on the computer in the exam room (see the "Candidate Guide" and "Site and Equiptment Information" for more guidence)

WHEN CAN I ARRIVE FOR MY LSPE EXAM?

You should arrive at the time listed on your registration as Candidate Registration and Orientation will not begin until that time (i.e.: 8:00 AM, 10:15 AM, 12:30 PM, or 2:45 PM). The earliest Candidates should arrive to the test center is 10 minutes prior to their exam time.
 
If you find you have arrived to the building early, the 3rd Floor of the BB&T building has an Overstreet Mall which contains shops, cafes, and restaurants where you are welcome to wait before your registration time begins.

WHAT EQUIPMENT CAN I BRING WITH ME?

Candidates are required to bring and wear white lab coats during their time at the NCCTO. If you forget your lab coat or do not have one, one will be provided for you to borrow upon your arrival. Dress code is Business Casual.

MY LAB COAT HAS MY NAME OR SCHOOL NAME EMBROIDERED, IS THIS OKAY?

Yes. We will provide you with white tape during registration at the NCCTO® to cover any identifying information on your coat to ensure anonymity.

CAN I TAKE ANYTHING ELSE WITH ME THROUGH THE EXAM?

Candidates can have a "reasonable" item with them during the exam. Examples of reasonable items are:
  • Bottled water/Gatorade (labels must be removed, must have a lid/cap)
  • Cough Drops, Gum, Mints
  • Chapstick, Hair Ties/Hair Clips, Sanitary Products
  • Granola Bar or other individually wrapped item
  • Eye Patch


Travel / Charlotte Area

WHEN SHOULD I SCHEDULE MY RETURN FLIGHT FOR?

The 8:00 AM candidates should be finished by 10:45 AM.
We recommend scheduling a flight after 12:45 PM.
 
The 10:15 AM candidates should be finished by 1:00 PM.
We recommend scheduling a flight after 3:00 PM.
 
The 12:30 PM candidates should be finished by 3:15 PM.
We recommend scheduling a flight after 5:15 PM.
 
The 2:45 PM candidates should be finished by 5:30 PM.
We recommend scheduling a flight after 7:30 PM.
 


Scores, Appeals

WHEN ARE PART LSPE SCORES RELEASED?

Month exam taken     Anticipated scores released in the first full week of
August 2019*     October 2019
September 2019     November 2019
October 2019     December 2019
November 2019     January 2020
December 2019     February 2020
January 2020     March 2020
February 2020     April 2020
March 2020     May 2020
April 2020     June 2020
May 2020     July 2020
June 2020     August 2020
July 2020     September 2020
 
*Please note that if you take LSPE in August, your score release may take longer than the typical timeframe due to this being a new exam.

HOW LONG IS THE APPEALS PROCESS?

Appeals can take 6 to 8 weeks.

IF I APPEAL MY FAILED LSPE SCORE AND WANT TO SIGN-UP TO TAKE THE EXAM, CAN I DO SO BEFORE THE APPEAL RESULTS ARE IN?

Yes. However, it is recommended that you select a testing date that will allow enough time for you to receive a decision on your appeal. If you re-take LSPE before a decision has been made on your appeal and the Board does not uphold the appeal, the Board will report both scores. If you re-take LSPE before a decision has been made on your appeal and the Board does uphold the appeal, the Board also will report both scores and your appeal fee will be refunded.

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