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ABO Basic Examination July-September 2024

ABO (NOCE) Basic Exam:

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, 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 $225 and are NON-REFUNDABLE once payment has been submitted.                                                                                                -If you have already taken an exam previously, please do not create a new account.  You can reset your password online or contact our office for further assistance.
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.
-After each failed exam, you are required to wait 14 days to register/pay and retake this exam.  You will have three (3) attempts.  After your third attempt, you will be required to wait 90 days to be eligible to register and retake this exam.  Please note that you must PAY for each new exam attempt by completing a new exam registration.
-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 .
 -Please make sure you review the Basic Examination Handbook for further exam policy information before registering for the exam.  It will answer all of your questions about the exam. 
-After you have submitted the registration fee, you will receive an order confirmation email and a second email confirmation (the same day you register) 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 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, please click here 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, linked here, can be also be found 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:  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. 
Effective May 1st Prometric will allow candidates to bring water into the test room during their exam. Water must be in a clear or transparent container with a lid or cap. All labels must be removed, and the container will be inspected for notes or other test aids.  The candidate will need to remove the lid/cap for visual inspection by the Test Center staff. Should the container not meet the requirements outlined, the candidate will be required to put it in their locker and will not be allowed to take it into the test room.

***Please be aware that registration ends on 09/15/2024 11:59PM (EST).  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 link 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 link to proceed with your registration.

If this is your first attempt, please proceed below and select "Register Myself".

7/1/2024 - 9/30/2024
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Last day to register is 9/15/2024
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