Achievement: The Highest National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO®) Score

Meghan NBEO ScoreMeghan Thompson ‘19OD just achieved the highest National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO®) Part I Applied Basic Science Examination score nationally.

The National Board of Examiners in Optometry is a private, nonprofit organization that develops, administers, and scores examinations, and reports the results, that state regulatory boards utilize in licensing optometrists to practice eye care. Optometry students must pass three parts – Applied Basic Science (ABS); Patient Assessment and Management (PAM); and Clinical Skills Examination (CSE) – in order to become licensed to practice.

In achieving the highest score among her class, Thompson also received the Dr. Norman E. Wallis Award for Excellence – established to honor Dr. Wallis and his 25 years of phenomenal service as the executive director of the NBEO. Dr. Wallis was also the Pennsylvania College of Optometry’s president from 1972 to 1979.

We wanted to know more:

Where are you from?
New Castle, Pa.

What’s your undergrad in and from where?
I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology from Slippery Rock University in Butler County, Pa.

What are your hobbies outside of Salus?
I love spending time outdoors- hiking, biking, running, you name it. I also enjoy cooking and trying new foods.

Meghan Highest NBEO Score
What was your score?

What was your study regime?
I relied heavily on KMK Educational Services, a board exam preparatory service for optometry students, for the bulk of my studying. In the weeks leading up to the exam, I purchased OptoPrep, a NBEO® review program, and tried to get in as many practice questions as possible – I made it a goal to get through 175 questions each day which is the equivalent to one section of the NBEO. I studied for three months straight – even if staying focused was tough!

After studying, did you feel prepared as you took the exam?
I don’t think it’s possible to ever feel totally prepared for a test of this magnitude. You just study to the best of your ability and go into it with an “I will pass this” mentality.

Students with Dr. BlausteinYou received the Dr. Norman E. Wallis Award for having the highest score. What are your thoughts on the award?
The award just goes to show the amount of dedication that was put into preparing for the exam. Our class worked incredibly hard and PCO went above and beyond to ensure that we had

What is your advice for those who will be taking NBEO® next?
Make sure you start studying early enough. Pace yourself and make sure to take time each day to do something you enjoy – that is crucial to avoid getting burnt out.

What are your plans for the future?
I am looking into residencies at the moment, and after I’d like to move south and get into private practice.