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NCLE Examination April - June 2023
To earn your NCLE 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 CLRE exam are psychometrically developed by impartial Subject Matter Experts within the field of Contact Lens Fitting. After test specifications are created (based on the Job Analysis), the exams are written by groups of impartial Contact Lens Fitters. 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 Remote Proctor 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:
-Exam registration fee is now $175, and are
once payment has been submitted.
-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 personal 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.
Please note that you do have to
for each new exam attempt by completing a new exam registration.
-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
-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
also verify that your computer is compatible with ProProctor Remote Testing. It is your
to make sure your computer is compatible with the remote testing. Please
to do a system check for remote testing. Also, please
and read the user guide that matches the type of computer you will be using to take your exam. Especially, if you are planning on using a MAC computer, as it will go over the required steps on how to avoid running into any issues launching your remote exam.
-Make certain that if you are in a Licensing state, that your state has approved remote testing, before scheduling your remotely proctored exam.
Candidate COVID-19 FAQs
: Prometric has created a new, dedicated page to host COVID-19-related FAQs for candidates. This new page,
, 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: Starting May 1, 2022, Prometric will no longer require candidates or test center personnel to wear masks
unless required to do so by building management or local government mandates. In light of recent trends and mask mandate changes around the world, along with updated guidance from leading world health organizations, Prometric will not require masks to be worn in test centers, however they will
continue to allow and encourage
the wearing of masks regardless of mandate or vaccination status. Thus, any candidate or staff member that prefers to wear a mask will feel comfortable doing so.
***Please be aware that registration ends on 06/15/2023 11:59PM (EST). ***
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 more 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.
If it has been more than 90 days please continue with this current registration.
4/1/2023 - 6/30/2023
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