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Part III CSE®\ISE® FAQ

Questions Regarding

Registration, Reschedules, Withdraws

WHEN DOES REGISTRATION FOR THE UPCOMING YEAR OPEN?

Registration usually opens by February 15th of each year.

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 PART III. 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. So if you took CSE® in October, you could take it again in November.

I REGISTERED FOR AN EXAM AND WANT TO REGISTER FOR AN ADDITIONAL DATE, BUT THE SYSTEM WON'T ALLOW ME TO DO SO?

Candidates can only have one registration for CSE® in the system. Once you have completed the initial scheduled exam, you can register the next day.

I REGISTERED FOR PART III BUT NEED TO CHANGE MY EXAM DATE

  • Candidates may reschedule their exam without incurring any rescheduling fees 31 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


NCCTO® / Test Center / Exam Information

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.

WHEN CAN I ARRIVE FOR MY PART III CSE® EXAM?

You should arrive at the time listed on your registration as Candidate Registration and Orientation will not begin until that time (i.e.: 8:30 AM or 12:00 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.


Scores

MY STATE REQUIRES 75% OR BETTER ON A SKILL, I PASSED CSE® BUT OBTAINED BELOW 75% ON THE SKILL; DO I HAVE TO TAKE THE ENTIRE CSE® AGAIN OR CAN I JUST TAKE THE SKILL?

Candidates wishing to obtain a certain percentage on a CSE® skill due to a state requirement would need to take the entire CSE® over again. Contact your state board for more information on the requirements for licensure.

WHAT DOES EACH DISCIPLINE MEAN?

  • Communication Skills: providing and obtaining information in a clear and concise manner to include avoiding medical jargon and thereby providing information the patient needs to understand their condition and the procedures being performed.
  • Affective Skills: interacting with the SP in an organized, professional, and empathetic demeanor.
  • Psychomotor Skills: performing the physical tasks of the various skills in a proficient and efficient manner.
  • Clinical Observation & Reporting Skills: accurately reporting your obtained findings.

DOES MY SCHOOL RECEIVE THIS INFORMATION?

Yes - it is provided for informational purposes.

DOES MY STATE BOARD RECEIVE THIS INFORMATION?

Yes, however, licensing decisions are made based on the overall pass/fail results instead of the individual discipline categories.

DOES THIS INFORMATION FACTOR INTO WHETHER I PASS OR FAIL?

The overall pass/fail decision is based on your performance across all of the categories, rather than specific scores within each category.

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