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::November 18, 2016
Nevada Online State Law Exam is now available.
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::November 08, 2016
Scores for the September 2016 CPDO examination have been posted online.
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::November 08, 2016
Scores for the September 2016 Part III CSE and ISE examinations have been posted online.
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::October 07, 2016
Registration for Texas OSLE is now available.
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::October 04, 2016
Registration for the March 2017 CPDO examination is now available.
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::October 04, 2016
Registration for the June 2017 ACMO examination is now available.
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::August 29, 2016
Registration for the March 2017 Part I ABS examination is now available.
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::August 12, 2016
Instructions to Candidates for the December 2016 Part II PAM and TMOD examinations have been posted online.
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::July 30, 2016
The Summer 2016 edition of TestPoints has been posted online.
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::May 10, 2016
Scores for the April 2016 Part II PAM and TMOD examinations have been posted online.
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::April 08, 2016
Registration for the December 2016 Part II PAM and TMOD examination is now available.
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::February 16, 2016
Registration for the Part III CSE examination is now available for the Class of 2017.
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::January 20, 2016
Scores for the December 2015 Part II PAM and TMOD examinations have been posted online.
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::December 01, 2015
Minnesota Onlinse State Law Exam has been updated.
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::November 12, 2015
Registration for the April 2016 Part II PAM and TMOD examinations is now available.
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::October 14, 2015
Registration for the June 2016 ACMO examination is now available.
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::July 9, 2015
National Board to Administer the Florida Optometry Laws and Rules Examination
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::July 2, 2015
CSE and ISE Orientation Videos for 2016 have been posted online.
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::June 25, 2015
2016 Candidate Evaluation Forms and Guide are now available online.
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::February 27, 2015
Dr. Jack Terry named Chief Executive Officer of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.
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::February 13, 2014
Registration for the Part III CSE and ISE examination is now open for the class of 2016.
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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.



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.




UPDATE ON INVESTIGATION RELATED TO DATA BREACH AFFECTING OPTOMETRISTS AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS (10/28/2016)


The National Board remains mindful of concerns within the profession as we continue to work with outside experts to investigate recent complaints regarding the privacy and security of personal information entrusted to us. Future updates will be published to this page.

We would also like to share with you that as part of NBEO’s continuous efforts to safeguard personal information within its care, NBEO has eliminated the use of full nine-digit Social Security numbers within its database. It will now rely on the OE Tracker number system as the primary identifier of optometrists and optometry students.

NBEO’s information technology staff has been working through a complex process so the OE Tracker and the last four digits of SSNs will be adequate to maintain its records. New registrants will provide only the last four digits of their SSNs. With respect to individuals already in the NBEO database, their full SSNs have been replaced with only the last four digits.




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.


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.

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