The National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) offers three examinations through Pearson VUE: the Advanced Competency in Medical Optometry (ACMO) exam, the Part II – Patient Assessment and Management (PAM) exam, and the Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease (TMOD) exam. Candidates should refer to the NBEO’s web site www.optometry.org for information about these exams, including content, format, eligibility criteria and scoring, as well as registration requirements and deadlines.
All NBEO examinations are event-based exams, administered on a single day.
- ACMO: administered one time in 2013 on June 7
- PAM: administered twice in 2013 on April 2 and December 3/5*
- TMOD: administered twice in 2013 on April 2 and December 5
*The December PAM examination will be administered on two days. Candidates may choose to test on either December 3 or December 5, depending on their preference and schedules.
Registration and Scheduling Information
Candidates wishing to take an NBEO examination must register and pay the examination fee using the NBEO’s online registration process at www.optometry.org. Once registration is processed, the candidate will receive an email from the NBEO with information needed to set up a web account with Pearson VUE for the purpose of selecting a test center location. In order to secure a seat at a convenient location, candidates are urged to schedule through Pearson VUE as early as possible. NBEO examinations are administered at test centers in the USA, Puerto Rico, and Canada only.
Special Note for Candidates in Puerto Rico
Candidates who are taking the December 2013 PAM or TMOD exam in PR have 3 sites from which to choose. In addition to the Pearson Professional Center in San Juan, the exam will be administered at MicroData Training Centers in San Juan and Yauco. To reserve a seat at MicroData, you will need to call the centers directly to schedule an appointment for either Dec. 3 or Dec. 5. You will not be charged a fee for scheduling an appointment over the phone. The phone numbers for these centers are:
- MicroData in San Juan: 787-503-5408
- MicroData in Yauco: 787-267-1153
Pearson Professional Centers are designed solely for high-stakes testing. This online tour will help you become more familiar with the testing environment you can expect on the day of your exam.
NBEO Computer-Based Testing Tutorials
These tutorials show you how to navigate through a computer-based exam, and give you the opportunity to practice taking a demonstration test. Candidates have the opportunity to view the same tutorial at the Pearson VUE test center just prior to taking their examination.
These tutorials were updated in October 2013 to reflect changes to the December 2013 administrations of these examinations.