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Post-Exam Issues

Statistical Analysis of Performance
Statistical evidence of suspicious results, a grossly significant statistical improvement from one examination to another and response patterns of incorrect answers significantly similar to another candidate at the same or different testing center would strongly suggest that the content of the test has been exposed prior to or during the board certification examination.

The American Board of Optometry (ABO) has the option to nullify exam results without refund if any of the above suspicious results are found through the use of software programs generally accepted among the psychometric community for detecting such results. A cutoff of sixty days following an examination has been established by the ABO for follow-up with the candidate, review of statistical data, examination of log files and review of audio/video as needed.

Review and Analysis of an Irregularity
Following the observation of and the action taken for an irregularity the ABO staff will review and analyze all information at its disposal to confirm the occurrence of a testing violation. Such information will include, but may not be limited to: Candidate Problem Reports from test administrators, audio recording records, video recording records; notations and descriptions of prohibited instructional material or personal items in the possession of the candidate and an explanation of the event/irregularity from the candidate.

If the ABO determines in its sole discretion that a violation of board certification testing policy has occurred, the candidate will be notified in writing by certified mail. The candidate will be advised that the sanction for such a violation is ineligibility for a period of not less than six continuous years as of the date of the examination. The candidate will be informed also that he or she may request reconsideration of the action by the ABO. As with all cases, the candidate may submit written material for review by the Board.

Consequences of Violating the ABO’s Examination
Protocols and Procedures
Following the observation of and the action taken for an irregularity, ABO staff will review and analyze all information at its disposal to confirm the occurrence of a testing violation. If the testing violation is confirmed, the candidate will be notified in writing by certified mail. The candidate will be advised that the sanction for such a violation is ineligibility for a period of one year from the date of the examination and is required to write a letter of apology to the Board of Directors during this time frame. The candidate will be informed that he or she may request reconsideration of the action by the ABO.