Examinations

The schedule of examinations through 2025 has been approved by the North Carolina State Board of Examiners in Optometry. The examination dates may be expanded or contracted depending upon the number of applications received by the Board for that particular examination.


The scheduling of the winter examinations is conditioned upon the number of applicants for the examination. If there are less then ten (10) eligible applicants on the date of the application deadline, the applicants will be deferred until the next regularly scheduled examination.

Exam Schedule

Examination Date; Application Deadline


  • 2023, February 17-19

    • Application Submission Deadline, 60-days prior to Exam: December 19th

    • Completed Application Deadline, 30-days prior to Exam: January 18th

    • In order to have your NBEO results back in time for the second deadline, you must have taken the NBEO within the month of November

  • 2023, August 10-14

    • Application Submission Deadline, 60-days prior to Exam: June 12th

    • Completed Application Deadline, 30-days prior to Exam: July 12th

    • In order to have your NBEO results back in time for the second deadline, you must have taken the NBEO within the month of May

  • 2024, February 16-18

    • Application Submission Deadline, 60-days prior to Exam: December 18th

    • Completed Application Deadline, 30-days prior to Exam: January 17th

    • In order to have your NBEO results back in time for the second deadline, you must have taken the NBEO within the month of November

  • 2024, August 15-19

    • Application Submission Deadline, 60-days prior to Exam: June 17th

    • Completed Application Deadline, 30-days prior to Exam: July 17th

    • In order to have your NBEO results back in time for the second deadline, you must have taken the NBEO within the month of May

  • 2025, February 21-23

    • Application Submission Deadline, 60-days prior to Exam: December 23rd

    • Completed Application Deadline, 30-days prior to Exam: January 22nd

    • In order to have your NBEO results back in time for the second deadline, you must have taken the NBEO within the month of November

  • 2025, August 14-18

    • Application Submission Deadline, 60-days prior to Exam: June 16th

    • Completed Application Deadline, 30-days prior to Exam: July 16th

    • In order to have your NBEO results back in time for the second deadline, you must have taken the NBEO within the month of May