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ABO & NCLE Practical Exam Slideshow Tutorial

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This Tutorial has been designed to assist the Candidate in preparing for ABO & NCLE’s Practical Examinations. There are additional helpful links and information at the end of the Tutorial. If you have questions, please contact the ABO & NCLE Office for assistance. *ABO & NCLE is accredited by the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC). ABO & NCLE is the only Opticianry examination organization in the United States to have received Accreditation as a Certifying Organization, pursuant to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO/IEC 17024). The forty-five minute practical assessment examinations are designed and developed by groups of Certified Opticians and Certified Contact Lens Fitters/Technicians with assistance from an independent testing service. The purpose of these Exams is to apply the knowledge previously demonstrated by the candidates to skills and abilities associated with the performance of tasks required for the professional practice of Opticianry and/or Contact Lens Technology.

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ABO & NCLE Practical Exam Slideshow Tutorial

  1. 1. Copyright 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 American Board of Opticianry & National Contact Lens Examiners Practical Exam Tutorial
  2. 2. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 American Board of Opticianry & National Contact Lens Examiners* Practical Assessment Exam Tutorial This Tutorial has been designed to assist the Candidate in preparing for ABO & NCLE’s Practical Examinations. There are additional helpful links and information at the end of the Tutorial. If you have questions, please contact the ABO & NCLE Office for assistance. *ABO & NCLE is accredited by the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC). ABO & NCLE is the only Opticianry examination organization in the United States to have received Accreditation as a Certifying Organization, pursuant to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO/IEC 17024).
  3. 3. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 American Board of Opticianry Practical (ABOP) Exam and National Contact Lens Examiners Practical (NCLEP) Exam Information  The forty-five minute practical assessment examinations are designed and developed by groups of Certified Opticians and Certified Contact Lens Fitters/Technicians with assistance from an independent testing service.  The purpose of these Exams is to apply the knowledge previously demonstrated by the candidates to skills and abilities associated with the performance of tasks required for the professional practice of Opticianry and/or Contact Lens Technology.
  4. 4. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 Question Criteria Exam questions fall into four general categories: 1) Those that require immediate recognition of the correct response through correct identification of instrumentality and basic problem solving; 2) Those that require understanding and/or utilization of basic instrumentality; 3) Those that require candidates to comprehend patient interaction and demonstrate appropriate problem-solving based upon information presented by video vignettes of patient interactions; and 4) Those that require recognition of basic fundamental knowledge in the field of Opticianry and/or Contact Lens Technology.
  5. 5. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 Getting Accustomed to the Exam Functionality
  6. 6. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 ABO-NCLE’s “Hot Spot” Technology (The following “Hot Spot” slides are not “interactive” slides, but provide the Candidate with information as to the type of questions they may experience on the exams)
  7. 7. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 Choose the Apple In this example, if the candidate clicks anywhere inside of the area represented by the red square, the answer is correct. Anywhere outside of the area of the apple would be an incorrect answer.
  8. 8. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 In this example, if the candidate clicks anywhere inside of the area represented on this image by the red circle, the answer is correct. Anywhere outside of the circle would be an incorrect answer. Candidates are expected to be familiar with eye anatomy and pathology, and to identify certain conditions of the eye. By way of example, only, a candidate may be required to identify the pupil utilizing ABO-NCLE’s “hotspot” technology questions Anatomy and Pathology
  9. 9. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 If the candidate selects anywhere near the correct answer, inside of the area represented by the red box, they will get the question correct. If the candidate selects an area outside of the highlighted area, the candidate will get the question wrong. Candidates should be familiar with instrumentality, and which instruments are utilized for certain opticianry-related functions. For example purposes only, if the candidate were presented with the image below, the candidate would be expected to recognize, and identify, the proper instrument utilized for adjusting the endpiece: Instrumentality
  10. 10. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 ABO-NCLE’s Simulation Technology (The following Simulations are not “interactive” in this Tutorial, but are available in ABO-NCLE’s Practice Area located on ABO-NCLE’s website at www.abo-ncle.org)
  11. 11. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 Lens Meter Example
  12. 12. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 Lens Meter Functionality Click here to see the target Click and drag anywhere on the Axis Dial to adjust axis The Rx and Industry Standards are provided Click and drag anywhere on the Power Drum to adjust the Cylinder
  13. 13. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 Using the Rx information, and adjusting the Axis Dial and Power Drum, the Candidate can bring the Mires Lines into focus.
  14. 14. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 Biomicroscopy: A Hands-on Simulation
  15. 15. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 Slit Lamp Simulation Click here to operate the Slit Lamp Patient History and Simulation Objective are provided in the Question
  16. 16. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 Slit Lamp Simulation Click here to see functions
  17. 17. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 Slit Lamp Simulation Controls
  18. 18. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 Slit Lamp Simulation Controls Click here to change magnification Click here to change beam width Click on the green arrow to adjust the image up and down. Click on the middle button to focus Click here to switch from Left to Right After learning functions, click here to return to the simulation
  19. 19. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 Biomicroscopy: A Hands-on Simulation
  20. 20. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 Using the patient history and objective, the Slit Lamp functions can be utilized to meet the objective of the Slit Lamp Questions.
  21. 21. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 Measurement Example
  22. 22. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 Measurement Example Click and drag the PD Ruler to obtain measurements Rx and Industry Standards are provided
  23. 23. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 PD Measurement Example By clicking and dragging the PD Ruler, the Candidate can take appropriate measurements
  24. 24. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 Patient Interaction Audio/Videos (The following are not “active” audio/videos in this Tutorial, but provide familiarity with the type of questions that may appear on the practical assessment examination.)
  25. 25. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 Patient Interaction Audio/Video Questions The Candidate may see Patient Interaction Audio/Video Questions. In this type of question, the Candidate will receive vital information from the patient as to concerns related to glasses or contact lenses, and will be required to analyze the information supplied by the patient.
  26. 26. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 Patient Interaction Audio/Video Questions After delivery of the patient interaction, the Candidate will be required to utilize “Hot Spot” questions, multiple choice, or other question formats to properly respond to the concerns raised by the Patient in the video. The Candidate is able to control the video, increase or decrease volume, pause, replay, and view the video on full screen.
  27. 27. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 Additional Question Formats There may be additional types of questions, i.e., multiple choice, fill in the blank, etc. These types of questions may reference related Audio/Video, Simulation, Patient Interaction, etc. Each of these types of questions are designed to test a Candidate’s skills and abilities as an Optician and/or Contact Lens Practitioner/Fitter.
  28. 28. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 Exam Related Information
  29. 29. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 ABOP Content Outline and Test Specifications*  Measure Segment Height and Pupillary Distance  Neutralization of Spectacles  Verification of Rx  Vertical Imbalance Check  Determining Add Power  Determining Unwanted Prism  Optical Hand tool identification for specific measurements and adjustments * The content for these Examinations was derived from those portions of the ABO-NCLE’s Job Task Analyses that are capable of being evaluated through practical means. These Practical Assessment Examinations are designed to evaluate the skills and abilities of a candidate, based upon the knowledge previously demonstrated through the successful completion of the NOCE and/or CLRE Examinations.
  30. 30. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 NCLEP Content Outline and Test Specifications*  Identify Images of Anatomy and Conditions of the Eye  Identify Various Pathologies and Illuminations Using a Slit Lamp  Keratometry – Interpreting and measurement of the Corneal Curvature; determining the power of the cornea  Evaluate Lens Fit Using a Slit Lamp * The content for these Examinations was derived from those portions of the ABO-NCLE’s Job Task Analyses that are capable of being evaluated through practical means. These Practical Assessment Examinations are designed to evaluate the skills and abilities of a candidate, based upon the knowledge previously demonstrated through the successful completion of the NOCE and/or CLRE Examinations.
  31. 31. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 Rules for Taking the ABOP or NCLEP Certification Exams Sufficient time has been provided for you to respond to all questions. You are advised not to spend an inordinate amount of time on individual questions until you have had an opportunity to respond to every question. Time is not intended to be a factor in the examination.  All instructions given by the proctor must be followed in order to ensure proper processing of your examination results.  All candidates will be checked-in at the test site prior to being admitted to the examination room. You are required to place all personal possessions in a designated area.  All ABO-NCLE exams are “closed book.” Books, paper, calculators, PDAs, cell phones, or electronic or other devices or resources are not allowed. Failure to follow these instructions can result in your scores being revoked and may prohibit you from retesting or taking other ABO-NCLE certification examinations.  There is an “on-screen” calculator that can be utilized if desired.  No test materials, documents, or memoranda of any sort may be removed from the examination room or retained. You may not copy any test questions or make any notes regarding the content of the examination. If you attempt to do so, your results will be invalidated and you may be prohibited from retesting or taking any other ABO-NCLE certification.
  32. 32. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 Rules for Taking the ABOP or NCLEP Certification Exams (Continued)  No food or drink, including water, may be taken into the testing room.  You may leave the testing room to use the restroom or get a drink of water, but you will need to sign out according to the instructions that will be explained at the test site. Your testing time will not be increased to accommodate a break. If you have a medical condition and cannot comply with this rule, you must apply for special testing accommodations.  Please verify that you have been given the correct examination that you are eligible to take.  You may not ask questions concerning content of the examination during the examination period.  During the examination, you must not give help to or receive help from others. Proctors are required to report any incident in which there is evidence of irregular behavior. Any such reports could result in the invalidation of your test scores and/or other sanctions.
  33. 33. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 Considerations at Exam Sites  Proctors at the exam sites are not able to provide detailed assistance to candidates related to the exam, navigation, or misjudgments of the Candidate.  Candidates need to carefully read the on-screen directives and objectives in order to respond correctly.  Computer-based testing options include the ability to navigate forward and backward through the exam, mark items for further review, and to review answered, unanswered and marked items.  Items must be reviewed or changed prior to the expiration time. Once an exam is ended, or the time expires, Candidates cannot return to the questions.  Additional information is available through ProMetric’s Exam Tutorial.
  34. 34. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 Licensing State Requirement?  If you are applying for an ABO Practical Exam and/or an NCLE Practical Exam 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.
  35. 35. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 How are Exams Scored?  ABOP and NCLEP Certification Examinations are criterion-referenced tests, which means that an examinee’s performance on the examination is not compared to that of other examinees in determining the examinee’s pass/fail status.  In a criterion referenced test, an examinee must achieve a score equal to or greater than the minimum passing score for the examination. The minimum passing score represents the absolute minimum standards that the examinee must achieve to demonstrate the ability to practice the profession safely and competently. With the guidance of a measurement expert (e.g., a psychometrician), a panel of Subject Matter Experts in the fields of Opticianry and Contact Lens Technology/Fitting set the minimum passing score for each ABO-NCLE examination. In setting the minimum passing score, ABO-NCLE uses the Modified Angoff Method, widely used standard- setting approach in test development.  Each exam contains at least 20 scored test items plus a number of pilot test items that do not count towards the final score.  Since the ABOP and NCLEP are contingent upon successful completion of the NOCE and/or CLRE Examinations, validation is based, in part, upon a candidate’s demonstrated knowledge in the prerequisite examinations.
  36. 36. © 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 Need More Information?  Contact ABO & NCLE at 800.296.1379, or visit our website.  Practical Examination Interactive Tutorial and Practice Questions  Register for an upcoming Practical Exam  Download the ABO-NCLE On-Line Practical Exam Handbook
  37. 37. Copyright 2017 by ABO-NCLE 5/16/2018 American Board of Opticianry & National Contact Lens Examiners

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