The national board exams for optometry are administered by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO).  The NBEO is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the public by accurately assessing the competence of practicing optometrists.

Berkeley Optometry Students Score Well

No matter how it’s measured, Berkeley Optometry students typically perform markedly better on all three sections of the NBEO examination than the average performance of students from other schools.  We believe this is a testament to the quality of our students and the excellence of the training we provide.

Ultimate Pass Rate, Parts I-III, at Graduation

All Test Takers

Class YearBerkeley Pass RateNational Pass RateBerkeley Difference
201796.5%91.1%+5.4%
2016100% 83.8%+16.2%
2015100.0%84.9%+15.1%
2014100.0% 90.8%+9.2%
201398.4%90.3%+8.1%

About NBEO Scoring

The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) publishes scores for first-time test takers who have graduated. The scores listed in the first three tables below represent comparison between Berkeley first time test takers and first time test takers at other schools.

The scores listed in the second set of tables below represent all current students who have taken the test in a given class year (in March for Part I and December for Part II). Some of these students are repeating the test.

are published on the ASCO website. Note that the schools identified with 1, 2 or 3 asterisks require passage of either Part I or Part II or both for graduation. Students who failed these tests would not be included in the ASCO table since they would not be graduating.

Part I: Applied Basic Science

First Time Test Takers

Class YearBerkeley Pass RateNational Pass RateBerkeley Difference
201983.1% 77.5%+5.6%
201884.4%72.9%+11.5%
201793.1%78.1%+15%
201686.4%76.9%+9.5%
201593.3%77.6%+15.8%

Part II: Patient Assessment and Management

First Time Test Takers

Class YearBerkeley Pass RateNational Pass RateBerkeley Difference
201896.8%90.4%+6.3%
201798.3%87.6%+10.7%
2016100%88.2%+11.9%
2015100%91.7%+8.3%
2014100%97.8%+2.2%

Part Part III: Clinical Skills

First Time Test Takers

Class YearBerkeley Pass RateNational Pass RateBerkeley Difference
201787.9%81.4%+6.5%
201691.7%83.7%+8.0%
201593.4%85.6%+7.8%
201493.9% 80.5%+13.4%
201387.5% 79.4% +8.1%

Part I: Applied Basic Science

All Test Takers

Class YearBerkeley Pass RateNational Pass RateBerkeley Difference
201980.9% 67.1%+13.8%
201884.6%62.9%+21.7%
201788.5%68.8%+19.7%
201686.7%69.1%+17.5%
201593.3%68.9%+24.4%

Part II: Patient Assessment and Management

Class YearBerkeley Pass RateNational Pass RateBerkeley Difference
201896.8%86.3%+10.4%
201798.3%83.7%+14.6%
2016100%84.9%+15.1%
2015100%83.1%+16.9%
2014100%95.3%+4.7%

Part III: Clinical Skills

All Test Takers

Class YearBerkeley Pass RateNational Pass RateBerkeley Difference
201789.1%77.4%+11.7%
201692.2%79.6%+12.6%
201593.9%82.2%+11.7%
201494.2% 79.3%+14.9%
201388.7% 77.9% +10.9%