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Procedure Violations

Violation of Written Procedures
Board Certification Exam Registration Process

Government-Issued Identification
To be admitted to the exam, each candidate is required to present a non-expired, government-issued, photo- and signature-bearing ID. Anyone who is unable to present a valid ID with photo and signature, or whose name does not match the name on the eligibility file provided to Prometric, will be denied admission to the examination.  Cancellation fee rules apply.

If you have a primary ID that is government-issued and contains a photo but not a signature, such as a military ID, you will be asked to provide a second ID that does contain a signature. The second ID with signature must have your name pre-printed exactly as it appears on your e-mail confirmation. Acceptable identification includes driver’s license, passport, state or county identification card, or other government-issued ID.

Metal Detector Wands
To ensure security, candidates are scanned with a metal detector wand as they enter and exit the testing room. Scanning is conducted under a surveillance camera in the admitting area, and if any prohibited items are found, the candidate is instructed to place them in the locker provided.

Violation of Written Procedures
Testing Room

Areas under Prometric’s jurisdiction and control are the examination registration area, waiting area, locker area and testing room. “Active Testing” refers to any period during which a candidate’s exam time clock is running.

Possession or Use of Prohibited Instructional Information or Personal Items in Testing Room
If an actively testing candidate is observed to have prohibited instructional information or personal items in his or her possession in the testing room, the test administrator immediately will advise him or her that a violation of the American Board of Optometry testing policy has occurred.  Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, reference materials, texts, articles, review materials, written notes, electronic media, devices designed to augment knowledge or recall, watch or timepiece of any kind, cellular telephone, pager, personal digital assistant (PDA), mini-computer, camera, paper, writing surface, or writing instrument not provided by Prometric.

The candidate will not be permitted to continue testing, and a final determination of the matter will be made following an ABO investigation. All materials found in the examination room will be inventoried by the test administrator and listed in a detailed written Candidate Problem Report following the examination.

Communication with Others in Testing Room
If an actively testing candidate is observed communicating with another candidate in the examination room regarding medical information, exam content, or any other topic, regardless of mode of communication, the test administrator will advise the candidates that a violation of the ABO testing policy has occurred. The candidate will not be permitted to continue testing, and a final determination of the matter will be made following an ABO investigation. The test administrator will provide a detailed written Candidate Problem Report following the examination.

Looking at Answers of Another Candidate
If an actively testing candidate is observed looking at the answers of another candidate, the candidate will be advised that a violation of ABO testing policy has occurred. The candidate will not be permitted to continue testing, and a final determination of the matter will be made following an ABO investigation. The test administrator will provide a detailed written Candidate Problem Report following the examination.

Violation of Written Procedures
Registration, Waiting and Locker Areas

Possession or Use of Prohibited Instructional Information or Personal Items in Registration, Waiting and Locker Areas
If an actively testing candidate is observed attempting to remove from his or her locker any prohibited instructional information or personal items, the test administrator will instruct the candidate that the prohibited item(s) must remain in the locker.  Such items include, but are not limited to, reference materials, texts, articles, review materials, written notes, electronic media, devices designed to augment knowledge or recall, watch or timepiece of any kind, cellular telephone, pager, personal digital assistant (PDA), mini-computer, camera, paper, writing surface or writing instrument not provided by Prometric.

If the candidate is not compliant, the test administrator will remind him or her of testing rules during an active exam. If the material or personal items have not been accessed, the candidate may continue testing without penalty. However, if prohibited item(s) have been accessed, the candidate will not be permitted to continue testing, and a final determination of the matter will be made following an ABO investigation. Materials removed from the locker by the candidate will be inventoried by the test administrator and listed in a detailed written Candidate Problem Report following the examination.

Communication with Others in Registration, Waiting and Locker Areas
If an actively testing candidate is observed communicating with other persons in the registration, waiting or locker area regarding medical information, exam content, or any other topic, regardless of mode of communication, the test administrator will determine the nature of the conversation and remind all parties that no communication of any kind is permitted during active testing. If the candidate(s) are compliant, testing will continue without penalty, but a repeat violation will terminate the candidate’s testing process. The test administrator will provide a detailed written Candidate Problem Report following the examination.

Violation of Written Procedures
External Areas

External areas are defined as locations in the testing center building such as bathrooms, lobbies, foyers and cafeterias, which are not under Prometric’s direct purview but are observable by parties including other candidates and test center personnel.

Possession or Use of Prohibited Instructional Information or Personal Items in External Areas
If an actively testing candidate is observed to have prohibited instructional information or personal items in his or her possession in external areas, the test administrator immediately will advise him or her that a violation of the American Board of Optometry testing policy has occurred.  Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, reference materials, texts, articles, review materials, written notes, electronic media, devices designed to augment knowledge or recall, watch or timepiece of any kind, cellular telephone, pager, personal digital assistant (PDA), mini-computer, camera, paper, writing surface, or writing instrument not provided by Prometric.

The candidate will not be permitted to continue testing, and a final determination of the matter will be made following an ABO investigation. All materials found in the examination room will be inventoried by the test administrator and listed in a detailed written Candidate Problem Report following the examination.

Communication with Others in External Areas
If an actively testing candidate is observed communicating with other persons in external areas regarding medical information, exam content, or any other topic, regardless of mode of communication, the test administrator will determine the nature of the conversation and remind all parties that no communication of any kind is permitted during active testing. If the candidate(s) are compliant, testing will continue without penalty, but a repeat violation will terminate the candidate’s testing process. The test administrator will provide a detailed written Candidate Problem Report following the examination.