2021 Announcements

NBEO White Paper

Released: July 27, 2021

NBEO maintains a commitment to continuously evaluate current research and changes within the testing industry for their relevance and potential application to our examinations. We would like to share the following white paper describing the NBEO exam series, available research, and our perspective during the pandemic. This paper is the result of discussions and questions received from the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO).

As we have previously announced, last fall NBEO worked with ARBO to form a Task Force to review alternative testing methodologies during COVID-19. We have taken every recommendation from the Task Force very seriously. In fact, we are extending that research beyond the temporary recommendations from the Task Force and are reviewing potential future delivery options.

We remain focused on conducting pilot studies and building a databank of scenarios for Part III Patient Encounters and Performance Skills Examination (PEPS). As we are continuing to evaluate delivery models for our future, we will not release the new examination in August of 2022. NBEO remains committed to providing updates as we have them and keeping you informed of our progress.