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    Resources for ABO study material

    There seems to be an ebb and flow of members coming here and asking about resources to help study and prepare for the ABO exams. The info has been gone over, repeated, etc, but the search function must not get used.

    So, I want to start a thread with resources and reference materials to help those looking for help. If you have a resource or suggestion, please list it and maybe we can get enough suggestions and we can get a sticky of the available info. This will be an ongoing list and I will try to update the suggestions as they come in.

    Many of the posts asking for resources seem to want everything for free. I encourage those that are looking for help to INVEST in yourself! Buying a couple of books is a very small price to pay! Most of the book suggestions can be had for less than $100. I bet some of these folks spend more on pizza and beer than that!

    Sources for used books at reasonable prices:

    Abe Books


    http://www.abebooks.com/



    Alibris Books

    http://www.alibris.com/?adpos=1t1&cr...FQvxOgodmHUAmg
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    System for Ophthalmic Dispensing, 3rd edition

    Pass the ABO Exam
    http://www.thebookpatch.com/BookStor...20Exam&ddl=any

    Optical Formula Tutorial

    Dictionary of Ophthalmic Optics
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    Opticampus
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    Opticianworks
    http://opticianworks.com/
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    State Specific Mentor/Study Help

    Pennsylvania -
    *Fezz = I am in SE PA and would be willing to travel to help anybody that needs it within an hour or so from home.
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    Thanks Fezz! We have another individual here on Optiboard who has been unable to pass after three attempts and someone like you would be a real blessing to them. I hope others will post sources here as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fezz View Post
    There seems to be an ebb and flow of members coming here and asking about resources to help study and prepare for the ABO exams. The info has been gone over, repeated, etc, but the search function must not get used.
    How about adding a place for those resources in the Optical Resources Directory.

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    www.opticaltrainer.com, new site but it should start to get some resources for opticians

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    I know that Fezz already stated OpticianWorks.com...but I just want to chime in and say what a great site it really is. John has done a great job of putting together comprehensive study materials and practice tests.

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    For ABO and NCLE:

    Open Optix http://www.laramyk.com/featured/openoptix/

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    Here are a few other websites for study material/continuing ed.

    Eyecare Professional Magazine

    http://www.ecpmag.com/CE/

    Silhouette Focal Point

    https://portal.silhouette.com/lms/fr...r_sessions/new

    VisionCare Product News

    http://www.totallyoptical.com/VCPN/Education-VCPN.aspx

    20/20 Magazine

    http://www.2020mag.com/ce/
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    Study material for ABO and NACOR is same ?

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    Several years ago I created a manual to help with the ABO review as well serve as a guide for training apprentice opticians. It may be more comprehensive than one designed to impart the minimal knowledge required for the basic ABO test. My suggestion would be to go to OAA website at OAA.org and ask about the contents. If anyone wishes, I can post the content pages. I’m not sure how much space that would require.

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    Hi I'm Jayne.

    I am an English qualified Dispensing Optician ( FBDO ) with a degree in applied Optics . I have been in the USA for 9 years and have just gone back to work in an Opticians in Carrollton Texas . As far as I understand after contacting the ABO my qualification is not "recognized" here so I can not call myself certified . I have been looking at the three levels of certification: Basic , Advanced & Master and I would like to take the advanced exam and move onto the Master . Can anyone tell me if theses exams have to be completed in order or can I jump straight into the advanced . Looking at the syllabus the master is akin to my UK qualification but I didn't need to do thesis and As I have been out of the "loop" for 9 years I feel a more sensible route is the advanced course of study at this present time .
    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy R. Ferguson View Post
    Several years ago I created a manual to help with the ABO review as well serve as a guide for training apprentice opticians. It may be more comprehensive than one designed to impart the minimal knowledge required for the basic ABO test. My suggestion would be to go to OAA website at OAA.org and ask about the contents. If anyone wishes, I can post the content pages. I’m not sure how much space that would require.

    Roy

    I think that this is a great idea! Pm sent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyler575 View Post
    Hi I'm Jayne.

    I am an English qualified Dispensing Optician ( FBDO ) with a degree in applied Optics . I have been in the USA for 9 years and have just gone back to work in an Opticians in Carrollton Texas . As far as I understand after contacting the ABO my qualification is not "recognized" here so I can not call myself certified . I have been looking at the three levels of certification: Basic , Advanced & Master and I would like to take the advanced exam and move onto the Master . Can anyone tell me if theses exams have to be completed in order or can I jump straight into the advanced . Looking at the syllabus the master is akin to my UK qualification but I didn't need to do thesis and As I have been out of the "loop" for 9 years I feel a more sensible route is the advanced course of study at this present time .
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    They must be taken in order. If you'd like to take the basic ABO exam as soon as possible, the deadline to apply for the May testing period is April 4. Here's a link.

    http://www.abo-ncle.org/ABO/Exam_Inf...f7-4c4c13bee50

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    For those that are interested; As of 10:00 AM EST on 3-18-2014

    Abe Books has a few reasonably priced used System for Ophthalmic Dispensing, 2nd edition for pretty good prices! Three of them are priced under $25! One is only like $14.00! I picked up one just to have at the office to replace one of my 1st editions!

    http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/Sear...spensing&sts=t
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    Resources for ABO study material

    In an earlier thread I was asked to provide the Table of Contents for the ABO Review book offered through the OAA. The page numbers follow the topic.

    Roy

    TESTING SKILLS 3 - 5
    OPHTHALMIC SPECIALITIES 6
    OPHTHALMIC TERMINOLOGY 7 - 15
    OPHTHALMIC TERMOLOGY TEST 16 - 19
    ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF THE EYE 20 - 34
    ANATOMY OF THE EYE-NOTES 35 - 38
    PHYSIOLOGY OF THE EYE-NOTES 39 - 42
    CHILDREN’S VISION 43 - 44
    SYSTEMIC MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND OCULAR FINDINGS 45- 46
    ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY-QUIZ 47 - 54
    PHYSICS OF LIGHT 55 - 58
    PHYSICS OF LIGHT QUIZ 59 - 66
    THE OPHTHALMIC LENS 67
    OPHTHALMIC LENS QUIZ 68 - 69
    TRANSPOSITION 70
    TRANSPOSITION QUIZ 71
    IMPORTANT TRANSPOSITION NOTES 72
    CROSSED CYLINDER 73
    CROSSED CYLINDER PRACTICE PROBLEMS 74
    SPHERICAL EQUIVALENCE 75
    THE LENS CROSS 76 - 78
    “UNDRAWING”THE OPTICAL CROSS 79
    LENS FORM AND ANALYSIS 80 - 81
    LENS FORM AND ANALYSIS-PROBLEMS 82
    THE OBLIQUE AXIS 83
    OBLIQUE AXIS PROBLEMS 84
    OPHTHALMIC PRISM 85
    OPHTHALMIC PRISM NOTES 86
    PRENTICE'S RULE 87
    PRENTICE’S RULE EXAMPLES 88
    PRISM PRACTICE PROBLEMS 89
    PRISM QUIZ 90 - 91
    BICENTRIC GRINDING 92 - 93
    BICENTRIC GRINDING METHOD 94
    BICENTRIC GRINDING PROBLEMS 95
    ANISOMETROPIA QUIZ 96 - 101
    THE LENS METER 102
    LENSMETER HINTS 103 - 104
    LENSMETER QUIZ 105 - 108
    THE LENS MEASURE 109 - 110
    USING THE LENS MEASURE 111
    TRUE POWER 112
    INDEX OF REFRACTION 113 - 114
    THE METRIC SYSTEM 115
    METRIC SYSTEM QUIZ 116 - 117
    VERTEX COMPENSATION 118 - 119
    THE BOXING SYSTEM 120 - 121
    THE SPECTACLE FRAME 122 - 123
    FRAME MATERIALS 124 - 126
    MEASURING THE PD 127
    MULTIFOCAL MEASUREMENTS 128
    FRAME AND LENS FITTING 129
    FRAME AND LENS FITTING QUIZ 130 - 131
    LENS TYPES 132 - 138
    LENS QUIZ 139 - 140
    INDEXES OF LENS MATERIALS 141
    LENS ABERRATIONS 142
    DECENTRATION 143
    MINIMUM BLANK SIZE (MBS) 144
    SINGLE VISION READING GLASSES 145
    OPHTHALMIC TOOLS 146
    FRAME ADJUSTMENT QUIZ 147 - 148
    NATIONAL STANDARDS 149 - 154
    ANSI QUIZ 155 - 156
    GLOSSARY 157 - 170
    PRACTICE QUIZ ONE 171 - 178
    PRACTICE QUIZ TWO 179 - 186
    PRACTICE QUIZ THREE 187 - 194
    PRACTICE QUIZ FOUR 195 - 202
    PRACTICEQUIZ FIVE 203 - 211
    PRACTICE QUIZ SIX 212 - 219
    PRACTICE QUIZ SEVEN 220 - 227
    PRACTICE QUIZ EIGHT 228 - 235
    PRACTICE QUIZ NINE 236 - 243
    PRACTICE QUIZ TEN244 - 252
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    Quote Originally Posted by gmc View Post
    They must be taken in order. If you'd like to take the basic ABO exam as soon as possible, the deadline to apply for the May testing period is April 4. Here's a link.

    http://www.abo-ncle.org/ABO/Exam_Inf...f7-4c4c13bee50

    I will look into taking the exam at the end of the year .. gives me a little more time to prepare and renew my study skills.. Thank you for your reply .
    Jayne

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    Today is the last day to register for the May exam dates without paying a late fee.

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    May exams are quickly approaching!

    I hope you are studying!

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    20/20 Magazine Optician's Handbook

    http://www.opticianshandbook.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fezz View Post
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    Opticampus
    http://www.opticampus.com/

    Opticianworks
    http://opticianworks.com/
    i got this a few weeks ago and its exactly what you need to pass the abo. I'm still studying my test is may 21 and I'm stressing!

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    My abo exam is tomorrow! I have studied really hard. I have hundreds of flash cards and have completed an optician certification training course through a local university. I think I am prepared and I hope to pass on my first try. Does anyone have any last minute tips on what to remember the most or what to focus on in my last hours left to study! Wish me luck! I cannot wait to get further into my new career! I have finally found a career that I am passionate and excited about!

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    I just took mine today. Most of the questions you see are decentration questions and prentices rule. Best of luck!!

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    How long do the results take? It said up to 8 weeks after I took the exam. Please don't tell me it will take a full 8 weeks. I think I passed. But I can't wait to find out for sure!

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