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ABO Examination August - October 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, 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 have recently taken this exam, you MUST wait 90 days (from the date you took the exam) before you can register to retake the exam.
-If you need to complete our Disability Accommodation Form, please click HERE to download our Accommodation request information.  Once you are ready to submit your form, please click HERE .
-Exam registration fee is $225, and are NON-REFUNDABLE 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.)
-If you are interested in ProProctor Remote Testing, please review the user guide by clicking here.  You MUST also verify that your computer is also compatible with ProProctor Remote Testing.  It is your RESPONSIBILITY to make sure your computer is compatible with the remote testing.  Please click here to do a system check for remote testing.  Also, make certain that if you are in a Licensing state, that your state has approved remote testing, before scheduling your remotely proctored exam.
-Prometric continues to require candidates and test center staff to wear masks/face-covering while in the test center.  Please note that masks with exhale valves will not be permitted in the test center.  This is reflected in the test center policies, available on the Prometric website and referenced in candidate confirmation emails(once scheduled) and calls with Prometric.


***Please be aware that regular registration ends on 09/30/2020 11:59PM (EST).  Late registration ends on 10/15/2020 11:59PM (EST), and there will be an additional $75 fee with late registration. ***
8/1/2020 - 10/31/2020

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