FAQS

Got questions? Here are some answers. If you have a question you don't see here, please give us a call at 949-551-5455. We're happy to help.

Q How long does it take to get my course once I order it?
A Your Exam Prep course is shipped via UPS ground within 1-2 business days after receiving your order. It can take anywhere between 1 and 5 business days in transit depending on your location. We can also provide you with overnight or second day service for an additional shipping charge.
Q How many weeks should I allow to study the material?
A That really depends on your optical background, but generally most people find that 4-6 weeks is enough time to comfortably get through the material
Q Where is the ABO exam given?
A The ABO and NCLE exams are given in February, May, August, and November in approximately 250 locations around the country. To find the location nearest you contact the ABO/NCLE directly at 1-800-296-1379 or visit their website at ABO-NCLE.org.
Q When do I get the exam results?
A You'll receive your test results via email approximately 4-6 weeks following the exam.
Q How do I sign up for the exam?
A You can register to take the exams by visiting the ABO-NCLE.org website.
Q Why do I need the audio portion? Can I study for the exam using the workbooks only?
A The workbooks and audio portions are designed to be used together, neither is complete without the other. Sections on the audio which correspond to the workbook material are indicated by a headphone symbol contained in a box along the side of the page.
Q How do the Exam Preparation courses differ from "review courses"
A These are preparation courses, not reviews They assume minimal optical background; start from the beginning then clearly and methodically follow through to cover the material necessary to succeed on the written portions of the National Certifying Exams and State Boards in opticianry. A review course, on the other hand, assumes the material has been learned previously, that a quick on the day review or "brush-up" is sufficient to master the many subjects presented. Since the Home Study Courses assume minimal optical background, they are, in the truest sense, preparation courses
Q Why are the answers to the practice tests found only on the audio CDs
A The answers to the sample test questions can be found only on the accompanying audio CDs rather than in the workbook. In this manner, similar to a classroom setting, the principle underlying each correct answer can be clearly explained allowing for a more thorough understanding. Certain "tips" on the test taking in general will be presented on the audio as the course progresses. These tests are excellent preparation for those wishing to take the National or State Certifying Exams.

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