Review: American Board Of Opticianry

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The Precipitous of Doubt

Wichita, KS

#1 Jul 21, 2012
Took the test May 20th 2012.
First time taking the exam, passed with an 83% how I do have a few things to say.

I normally like studying but I hated studying for this exam.
You spend (in my case) 3 or 4 months studying anything related to Opticianry because the contents of the exam are vague at best.
Every question is badly written in critical thinking format and missing valuable information that good opticians would acquire in the interview process.
Whether a testier passes or fails, the unanimous consensus is that everyone "over studies" for this exam.
This exam is awful, and a horrid gauge of a person's ability to function as a confident optician.
They test you on foreign names for basic machinery and call it "testing the candidates knowledge".
My manager phrased it best, "I don't need to know that they call it elongated chapel tip pliers if I know how to use them".
If your studying for this exam, make sure you know EVERY name of EVERY piece of equipment you have ever used.
Like, did you know that a Lensometer is a Vertometer but you should also know it's called an Iconoscope?
Irrelevant questions like this matter.

In summery, studying for this test, you will realize just how bad the Optician screening process is.

HOWEVER:
With any luck, studying for a test you will learn a great deal.
I learned SO much like Prentice Rule, Calculating Cylindrical Powers at specific meridians, Anatomy, Optical wave/corpuscular theory, and have become a much better optician because of it.
Although 99% of what I studied was NOT on the exam.
I 100% truly believe I would have gotten the same exact score without studying ANYTHING.
My real life experience better prepared me for this exam than any book I had.
To anyone studying, you WILL over study but that does not mean don't study.
Sadly this exam, because of how it's laid out, may very well fail very good opticians.

With any luck, another agency will take over this certification exam.
The people who are giving it now are doing a poor job.

Good luck to all of you out there.:D

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