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.
Jack E. Terry, MS, OD, PhD Announcement of Retirement as NBEO CEO
Charlotte, NC, April 1, 2017 / Dr. Jill Martinson-Redekopp, NBEO President, announced that Dr. Jack E. Terry, Chief Executive Officer, has retired from the National Board of Examiners in Optometry after serving for the past 12 years. Throughout this period, Dr. Terry guided the National Board through a major examination restructure involving Part I ABS, Part II PAM, and Part III CSE. Following the Board of Directors’ decision to update its exams, Dr. Terry oversaw the conversion from paper-and-pencil Parts I and II examinations to state-of-the-art computer-based assessments. He developed and implemented the NBEO Ethics Program. In addition, Jack collaborated with the Board to create and construct the National Center of Clinical Skills Testing and to implement the revamped Part III CSE.
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LASER and Surgical Procedures Examination Coming Soon!
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.
Graduating Class of 2017
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.
Facebook and Twitter Notice
The NBEO is aware of a Facebook and Twitter account posing as the NBEO. These sites are posting information regarding the NBEO Part I ABS Examination. Please be aware that this is NOT information from the NBEO. Any information on sites other than the NBEO website www.optometry.org or our true Facebook page should be used with caution as to its accuracy.
Part I - ABS Tutorial Now Available for Download
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.
Class of 2018 Part III Registration Now Available
Part III CSE registration is now available for the Class of 2018. To begin registration click here.
Part II and TMOD registration
Part II PAM and TMOD registration deadlines have been extended for the April 2017 administration. Please view the new registration deadline dates here.
UPDATE ON INVESTIGATION RELATED TO DATA BREACH AFFECTING OPTOMETRISTS AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS (01/26/2017)
Reports of identity theft and fraud among optometrists have created concern within the profession and at its educational and professional organizations. NBEO undertook an investigation as to whether a security compromise of personal information within NBEO’s care had occurred. A thorough forensic investigation into this issue has now been completed and found no evidence of a compromise of personal information within NBEO’s care. Of course, regular monitoring of financial accounts and personal credit files for suspicious activity is advisable for us all. If you have experienced actual or suspected identity theft or fraud, you should immediately report it to law enforcement.
Nevada Online State Law Exam (OSLE) Now Available
The Nevada OSLE (Online State Law Exam) is now available to NV licensure candidates. Nevada law exam details can be found on the OSLE webpage. To begin registration for this exam click here, or to begin taking the exam, scroll down to the bottom of this OSLE webpage and click on 'Access My Exam.'
The Nevada optometry laws are available to examinees during the test. Laws are linked to the Nevada box on the OSLE webpage. However, Nevada OSLE candidates are encouraged to study and become familiar with the laws before initiating their tests so they are able to complete the exam within the 4-hour test time interval. If the exam screen times out within the 4 hours, candidates need only to return to the OSLE webpage, scroll to the bottom, and again click on 'Access My Exam.' The test will resume in the same place as it was when it was paused.
It is also suggested that Nevada law exam test-takers take a few minutes to peruse the OSLE information on the OSLE webpage before starting their tests. Straightforward testing instructions are provided as the 100-item exam begins.
NBEO Announces Item Ranges for Part I ABS for 2017
The Exam Content Matrix shows the item ranges that will be used for the National Board’s Part I ABS exam for 2017. The 2017 exam will include 350 scored items and 20 pre-test items. The ranges shown in the table are for the 350 scored items.
The 2017 exam will be given in one day, and will consist of two 4-hour sessions. Because a total of 370 items will actually be administered (because of the inclusion of the 20 non-scored pre-test items), each session will consist of 185 items. Candidates will not know which items will be scored and which are pre-test.
From 2009-2016, the Part I ABS exam consisted of 500 items, so the 350 scored items on the 2017 exam represents a 30% reduction in items. The item ranges for 2017 have been reduced 30% across all areas, so there is no difference in emphasis between the 2017 exam and prior ABS exams.
The number of items on the ABS exam is being reduced in conjunction with the exam switching from paper and pencil administration to computer administration in 2017. Along with the change to computer administration, the exam is being reduced from a 2-day exam to a 1-day exam.
Candidates should note that the items ranges for 2017 may change in 2018. The National Board recently completed a survey, also known as a job task analysis (JTA), of over 1,100 optometrists from across the country. The data from the JTA are currently being reviewed. The Board of Directors of the National Board will receive results from the JTA at its Annual Meeting in December, and will consider whether changes to the Part I item ranges are warranted in 2018 based on the results of the JTA.