National Board Exam Passage Rates

The National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) administers national board exams; passage of these exams is a requirement for practicing optometry in the U.S. Optometry students take these exams during the third and fourth years of their program. We know that taking board exams is a stressful and costly experience. That's why we work hard to prepare students to pass each part the first time they take it. For example, our newly renovated pre-clinic area features two exam lanes that are equipped with the identical instrumentation used in the NBEO National Center of Clinical Testing in Optometry for Part III.

We'll let our students' first-time pass rate record (below) speak for itself.

Click here to see a complete list of Pass Rates for all schools (redirect to ASCO's website).


Ultimate Pass Rate
Class ofOSU Pass RateNational Pass RateThe Buckeye Advantage
201598%85%+13%
2016100%84%+16%
201797%91%+6%
201897%92%+5%
201997%94%+3%


NBEO Part I – Applied Basic Science (ABS)
Class ofOSU First Time Pass RateNational First Time Pass RateThe Buckeye Advantage
201691%76%+15%
201791%78%+13%
201887%73%+14%
201983%77%+6%
202091%79%+12%




NBEO Part II – Patient Assessment and Management (PAM)
Class ofOSU First Time Pass RateNational First Time Pass RateThe Buckeye Advantage
2015100%86%+14%
201696%87%+9%
201797%88%+9%
201897%90%+7%
201998%90%+8%



NBEO Part III – Clinical Skills Examination (CSE)
Class ofOSU First Time Pass RateNational First Time Pass RateThe Buckeye Advantage
201583%86%-3%
201691%81%+10%
201781%81%--
201885%76%+9%
201991%83%+8%