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Examinations news and updates

The following advice relates to all examinations and associated function in light of the latest government advice regarding the Covid-19 virus. We recognise the situation may change in the near future, however, our objective is to continue with plans for examinations with an increased hygiene regime to keep all our candidates, staff, examiners and patients as safe as possible.

We ask that nobody present to any examinations if they feel at all unwell and are considering self-isolation on the day. If you are already self-isolating and the duration overlaps with the time of your examination, please advise us by email to examinations@abdo.org.uk and we will reschedule your assessments for a later date with the objective your qualification and subsequent registration are achieved as soon as possible once it is safe to do so for all concerned. We will request verification from your supervisor/employer of your self-isolation.

Theoretical Assessments

These are scheduled for various dates in late March and June. We are still planning to offer these assessments, although we will reduce numbers to conduct these in line with Government advice.

Practical Examinations

These are scheduled in April for resits and from June 1st until July 10th. We are still planning for these to go ahead with lower numbers per day and enhanced hygiene regimes. If the government advice changes, we will postpone these practical exams until the situation changes and we are permitted to reschedule.

Practice visits

All practice visits will cease as of March 17th. This is due to the government advice regarding unnecessary travel and reducing the risk for both visitors and practice staff alike. It may be the case that the visit then takes place after your examinations which is temporarily permissible under the current circumstances.

Manufacturing Visit Tours

Most of our partners in industry have cancelled upcoming lab tours until further notice. For those students who have not completed their Case 51, if you were booked on a cancelled tour, you will be permitted to submit a researched assignment of 800 words in place of the tour. We will need a signed top sheet from the tour signatory in this case stating the tour was cancelled.

Alicia Thompson
Director of Professional Examinations

For the Summer 2020 Certificate in Contact in Contact Lens Practice practical examination session, the case records requirements are those detailed in the 2018 Syllabus.

After that sitting and so for the Winter 2020 sitting (practical examinations to be held in January 2021), any candidate who is involved in a resit of Section 5 should be prepared for the case records requirements of the 2019 Syllabus as the 2019 Syllabus will apply to all contact lens practical sections and examinations in the Winter 2020 examinations, whether a retake or first attempt – and thereafter.

The CHANGES to the Section 5 Case Record requirements at Winter 2020 are:

  • An increase to TWO toric patients
  • An increase to TWO presbyopic patients
  • A decrease to TWO patients fitted with RGP lenses

As the first pair of lenses issued to any case records patients for the Winter 2020 examinations, is required to be issued by 31 MAY 2020, any candidate retaking Section 5 in the Winter 2020 practical examinations should be prepared to meet the change in requirements, by fitting the extra patients and issuing the lenses within the deadline of 31 May 2020.

The 2019 Syllabus gives full details of the theory and practical examinations including the full list of case record requirements. Copies of the 2019 syllabus (and the 2018 syllabus and a document detailing the changes) are available to download from the ABDO website (www.abdo.org.uk/examinations information/contact lens exams).

For information

Guidance on the headings which it is felt should be part of new fittings and the consultations which follow, can be downloaded from the ABDO website. The most direct way to find them in the new website, is to use the ‘general search’ option on the home page – entering ‘contact lens records’ – and the lists should either be first or early in the list.

All candidates should be aware that – for all sittings – the requirement for aftercare is that the lenses are monitored over a period of six months: there is no requirement for a specific number of aftercare appointments or frequency, as they would vary according to the patient’s ocular status, lens type and lens wear.

For those planning to sit the practical examinations after the 2018 syllabus examinations have ceased, success in the contact lens theory examinations under the 2018 syllabus will be carried forward.  The seven-year rule will apply to any examination success whether under the 2018 syllabus or the 2019 syllabus.

Online applications are now available for candidates to apply for Dispensing and Contact Lens exams in the Summer 2020 session. To apply you must be logged in to the members area. Please use the following link which will take you to the examinations dashboard where you will see exams that you are eligible to apply for.