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NCLE Practical Examination January - March 2022
ABO-NCLE offers Computer Simulated Skills and Knowledge Examination.
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 NCLEP Exam must be currently Certified by the NCLE, as applicable, in order to be eligible to take the NCLEP Exam. When registering for the NCLEP Exam, candidates must demonstrate that they have successfully completed the CLRE, as applicable, and candidates need to use care in making sure that they register for the correct examination.
ABO-NCLE reserves the right to require that you produce proof of eligibility at any time.
Exams are given in English, via computer at a
testing facility; each exam has 30 questions, and you are given 1 hour to complete the exam.
**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.
New Update: We are now offering a new combined
exam in one sitting, please note that these are two separate exams. Currently, the state of
has allowed the new combined exam for licensing.
For registration, please
Important information to note before registering for the exam
Please make sure to include on your exam registration profile your FULL legal name-as it appears on your government issued photo ID(e.g. driver's license, passport), a
phone number, and a correct email address.
-You are required to wait
to retake this exam and you will have three (3) attempts. After your third attempt, you will be required to wait
to be eligible to retake this 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 $75, and are
once payment has been submitted.
-Please make sure you review the
Practical Examination Handbook
for further exam policy information before registering for the exam.
It may 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’s may go into those folders.)
Candidate COVID-19 FAQs:
Prometric has created a new, dedicated page to host COVID-19-related FAQs for candidates. This new page, linked
, can be found by clicking the "COVID-19 update" tab on Prometric's homepage and selecting "COVID-19 FAQ." Other
test taker FAQs
can be found under the "Test Takers" tab on Prometric's homepage.
Update as of May 25, 2021:
PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING THE PROMETRIC MASK MANDATE POLICY:
In some states, executive orders prohibit government agencies and institutions of higher education, respectively, and their officials from mandating face coverings or restricting activities in response to the COVID-19 disaster.
The mandates apply to those state's universities, but not to private companies. Prometric's position is to keep the mask requirement, where allowed, to maintain standardization and safety measures across our network as much as possible.
As a private company, Prometric will continue to require everyone who goes to one of their global testing centers (that are not connected to state government agencies) to wear an approved face covering for the duration of their time at the location.
Individuals not in compliance with this policy will not be allowed to sit for their scheduled appointment. They will also continue to maintain social distancing protocols in common areas, where barriers are not provided.
***Please be aware that registration ends on 03/15/2022 11:59PM (
). There will be NO late registration or late fees.***
If this is your 2nd attempt in taking this exam, and you have waited 14 days, please click on this
to proceed with your registration. If it has been
than 90 days please continue with this current registration.
If this is your 3rd attempt in taking this exam, and you have waited 14 days, please click on this
to proceed with your registration.
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