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ABO Examination May - July 2020
To earn your ABO basic certification, you need to achieve a passing score on the examination. The exam consists of questions on the skills and knowledge required for competency in ophthalmic dispensing. The NOCE exam is psychometrically developed by impartial Subject Matter Experts within the field of Opticianry. After test specifications are created (based on the Job Analysis), the exams are written by groups of impartial Certified Opticians. The questions are then reviewed by the testing service specialists for proper testing principles and rules of grammar and style. Questions are created to test a candidate's ability to recall knowledge and to apply that knowledge to specific dispensing functions. Test specifications can be located on the Basic Examination Handbook (right below).
Exams are given in English and Spanish, via computer at a Prometric testing facility or through ProProctor remote testing, and the exam is 2 hours long. You must be at least 18 years old, and have a high school diploma or have earned a GED, or the equivalent, in order to take the exam.
Important information to note before registering for the exam
-If you need to complete our Disability Accommodation Form, please click
to download our Accommodation request information.
Once you are ready to submit your form, please click
-Exam registration fee is $225, and are
once payment has been submitted.
-Please make sure you review the
Basic Examination Handbook
for further exam policy information before registering for the exam.
It will answer most of your questions about the exam.
-After you have submitted the registration fee, you will receive an email confirmation with your eligibility ID number and instructions on how to schedule your exam to pick your location, date, and time.
(Make sure to check your junk/spam folder, as the email confirmation may go into those folders.)
-The testing dates have been extended through 07/31/2020
-Please click on this
for up to date site closures for the testing facilities through Prometric.
-If you are interested in ProProctor remote testing, please review the user guide by
***Please be aware that regular registration has been
and will end on 07/15/2020 11:59PM (
). We have
the late registration fee, due to the current circumstances. ***
5/1/2020 - 7/31/2020
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