ABO-NCLE offers two different Computer Simulated Skills and Knowledge Examinations. The American Board of Opticianry Practical Exam (ABOP Exam) is designed as a supplement for those Opticians who have successfully completed the ABO-NCLE’s National Opticianry Certification Examination (NOCE). The National Contact Lens Examiners Practical Examination (NCLEP Exam) is designed as a supplement for those contact lens technicians who have demonstrated competency by successfully completing the ABO-NCLE’s Contact Lens Registry Examination (CLRE). Candidates for the ABOP Exam and NCLEP Exam must be currently Certified by the ABO or NCLE, as applicable, in order to be eligible to take the ABOP Exam and/or the NCLEP Exam. When registering for the ABOP Exam and/or the NCLEP Exam, candidates must demonstrate that they have successfully completed the NOCE or CLRE, as applicable, and candidates need to use care in making sure that they register for the correct examination.
Exams are given in English, via computer; each exam has 25 questions, and you are given 45 minutes to complete the exam. Candidates must demonstrate successful completion of the ABO-NCLE’s NOCE and/or CLRE, be currently Certified by ABO-NCLE in the field of practice, as applicable. ABO-NCLE reserves the right to require that you produce proof of eligibility at any time.
**If you are applying for an ABO and/or NCLE Examination as part of a Licensing State requirement, please verify the appropriate steps with your state licensing board before registering for any specific examination. Each state has its own specific requirements, and failure to abide by those requirements may result in denial of credit for the examination, or other consequences, depending upon any licensing state’s regulations and requirements.
Important information to note before registering for the exam:
-Please make sure you are using a desktop or laptop to complete the exam registration.
-Exam registration fees are NON-REFUNDABLE once payment has been submitted.
-Please make sure you read over the candidate handbook for further exam policy information before registering for the exam; it may answer most of your questions about the exam. Candidate handbook can be located under the Exam Information tab, then by clicking on Practical Exams.
-After you have submitted the registration fee, you will receive an email with your eligibility ID number and instructions on how to schedule your exam to pick your location, date, and time.
***Please be aware that if you have failed this exam in November, 2018, you have to wait at least 6 months to retest. If you still register for February’s 2019 exam (without waiting the 6 month period), we will automatically change your exam window to May, 2019. ***
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