Clinical Exam Statistics

Statement on North Carolina’s Clinical Examination and Recent Pass Percentages

July 6, 2021

From time-to-time candidates share with the Board the urban legends about the North Carolina Clinical Exam. Some of the stories we have heard:

These are the facts:

Winter 2024: 64%

Summer 2023: 58%

Winter 2023: 61%

Summer 2022: 68%

Winter 2022: 50% 

Summer 2021: 82%

Winter 2021: 85%

Summer 2020: 70%

Winter 2020: 83%

Summer 2019: 78%

Winter 2019: 83%

Summer 2018: 84%

If you find some motivating factor or personal value in believing and continuing the urban legends about the North Carolina Clinical Exam, the Board has no problem with you doing this. However, be aware, our exam is a psychometrically structured and validated exam and every effort is made to assess your critical thinking skills in a fair and unbiased manner.

William B. Rafferty, OD

Executive Director