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What to Expect on Test Day: NBEO® Part II

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Nov 15, 2019 12:20:28 PM
Amanda Dexter
Dr. Amanda K. Dexter received her optometric training at Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California, where she was Class of 2010 Valedictorian. She also completed a residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in San Diego, California. Dr. Dexter is the Manager and Program Coordinator for OptoPrep, the premiere online study resource for the NBEO Part I & II.

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NBEO® Part II test day will be here before you know it! You've been studying for months now to do your best on the exam, and you’re confident about topics that will be tested, but are you prepared for exactly what happens at the testing center come test day? We’ve put together a few of the most important items you need to know to make your day run smoothly. 

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Admission into the Testing Center

In order to be admitted into the testing center, you will be required to show two valid forms of personal identification. Both of your IDs must exactly match the name used to register for the exam. Both IDs must also contain your signature and need to be current (not expired). At least one form of ID must be a government-issued photo ID (such as a driver's license or passport). The other ID may be a student identification card, a credit or debit card, or any other card that has both your name and signature. Candidates who do not have proper identification may be denied admission to the exam and will not be eligible for a refund of the exam fee.

Candidates should arrive at the test center 30 minutes prior to their scheduled appointments to allow adequate time for the check-in procedures. Candidates who arrive more than 15 minutes after their scheduled appointment times will be denied admission and will not eligible for a refund of the exam fee.

What NOT to Bring 

A note board booklet and marker will be provided to you at the testing center to be used for scratch paper. You may not bring any of your own writing instruments into the exam rooms.

You also do not need to bring your own calculator. For the Part II PAM exam, an on-screen basic calculator will be available.

Watches are not permitted in the examination rooms. Large wall clocks will be provided in each exam room to keep track of the time. It is recommended that watches not even be brought to the test center to avoid loss or theft. (Lockers will be provided at the testing centers; but they should be used at your own risk). Same goes with cell phones; they are not allowed in testing rooms, and it may be better to keep them in a safer place than bringing them into the test center.

No other electronic devices of any kind are permitted in the exam rooms except for those necessary to assist disabled candidates (these must be approved by NBEO prior to the exam).

Food and drink are not permitted in the exam room but may be consumed during the breaks.

Breaks

Candidates are allowed restroom breaks during the examination; however, no additional testing time is allotted. If you need a break, raise your hand and a test administrator will escort you out of the testing room. Additional instructions will be reviewed at the testing center prior to the exam.

There is a mandatory break between the 1st and 2nd sessions. Candidates may take up to 45 minutes or may choose to take a shorter break. Following this break, candidates are not permitted to return to any questions in session 1.

Testing Center Information 

Candidates are encouraged to log on to the Pearson VUE website and click on the Pearson Professional Center Online Tour link. This brief video will familiarize candidates with the test center and what to expect on exam day.

During check-in at the center, candidates will have a digital photograph and palm vein scan taken.

Additional Information 

Collaboration, pirating, copying, talking (even to oneself), and other disruptive behavior during the examination are strictly prohibited and subject to disciplinary action. Any candidate found guilty of cheating on the NBEO will receive a score of zero and may be prohibited from taking future NBEO examinations. 

During the examination, a “comment” button can be found on each screen. If you have a critique regarding any case, image, or question item, click on the comment button on that screen. This will open a box in which there is an area to type your critique. Please be as specific as possible and substantiate your comments (why you believe there is a problem). This will flag the item for re-review by the Examination Council. 

Following completion of the exam, space will also be provided to inform the NBEO staff of any unusual occurrences during the computer administration of the test. You may also email the NBEO within 72 hours to report any unusual occurrences. 

Scores will be available to be viewed online no later than January 24, 2020. 

Please refer to the NBEO website for further information. We hope that this will help you feel as prepared as possible come test day, and we wish you best of luck!

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Topics: NBEO, NBEO Part II

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