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 to be taken at OptiCon East 2019:
-The exam will be taken at the Prometric testing center, 1 Penn Plaza, 17th Floor, Suite 1728, New York, NY 10119.
-The exam can only be taken on Sunday, March 24th.
-If you need to take both the ABO and NCLE Practical exams, you can take both on Sunday, March 24th.
-After you submit the exam registration fee, please disregard the instructions on the order confirmation email as to scheduling the exam. The exams can only be taken at the testing site location listed above. You will receive another email, closer to the testing day, with more information on the exact time, and other important information to know prior to the exam day.
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