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    #61
    The basic test for ABO has no math you can’t do in your head, that’s why no calculators. You will want to know Prentice Rule, the 1/3rd cyl and prism direction type info. There’s really not that much math in totality. (Unless they’ve changed drastically).

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      #62
      Originally posted by KrystleClear View Post
      My new Year's resolution is to pass the ABO this year. I am feeling pretty good about most of the material EXCEPT the math parts. I absolutely suck at math and it's very difficult for me to memorize formulas and how to convert units of measurement. Is there any free printable optical math practice questions out there? The only way for me to get this stuff through my thick skull is repetition. Also, do I have to memorize all the optical formulas or is it mostly focal length, spherical equivalent, Prentice's rule, Vogel's rule, etc??

      Also, here are the resources I am using that are helping me:
      LaramyK's OpticianWorks subscription and their Youtube Videos
      Optical Formulas Tutorials (book) by Stoner, Perkins, Ferguson
      VSP UUniversity's Acing the ABO Prep Course (free!)
      Tests.com Optician NOCE Practice Exam ($40 and you get a PDF with 300 practice questions, digital flash cards, and digital simulated practice tests that can be taken over and over, well worth the $40 in my opinion)
      Reach out to Carrie Wilson and purchase her NOCE (ABO) study guide!

      An exam prep textbook that was written by an optician for opticians. Easy to understand, this book is written so that everyone can relate their everyday tasks to the topics that are tested on in the NOCE given by the American Board of Opticianry. It is not just a review book but a training manual th

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        #63
        Originally posted by optical24/7 View Post
        The basic test for ABO has no math you can’t do in your head, that’s why no calculators. You will want to know Prentice Rule, the 1/3rd cyl and prism direction type info. There’s really not that much math in totality. (Unless they’ve changed drastically).
        You overestimate my head's math abilities. :help:
        :spin:Krystle:spin:

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          #64
          Well, I was expecting to be able to use a calculator because the ABO website says there is a built in calculator when you take the computer proctored test.

          There is an “on-screen” scientific calculator that can be utilized during the exam.
          But I do see that some people are being told they can't use a calculator...
          :spin:Krystle:spin:

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            #65
            Totally get your confusion about the calculator for the ABO exam. It's a bit of a mixed bag with what people are saying, isn't it? Best bet is to shoot a quick message to the ABO for the final word on this. And maybe just brush up on doing some calculations the old-school way, just in case. Fingers crossed it's all smooth sailing on exam day!

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              #66
              Update: You are provided with an on-screen scientific calculator. The testing center also gave me a basic calculator and dry erase boards with markers. You just can't bring your own calculator.
              :spin:Krystle:spin:

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