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At the Parts I, II, III, and Physiotherapy Test Sites

How do I register at the test site?
  • ARRIVE EARLY. If you arrive late to an exam subject, you will not be admitted. Your exam fee(s) will be forfeited and you will need to reapply for another administration date.
  • At registration, you must show two forms of identification, one of which must be a government-issued photo ID.
  • Registration times are listed on the time schedule. Please note that schedules for paper-and-pencil and computer-based testing formats are different.
  • If you are taking individual subject(s), and not the entire Part I or Part II Exam, arrive at the test site 15 minutes before the start of the examination(s) to register. NBCE test site personnel keep the official time.
  • You will receive instructions concerning test procedures prior to the start of your exams.
  • The NBCE will provide all necessary materials for the exam, including pencils. The NBCE will supply paper for you to write on at computer-based test sites. You may use your test booklets for notes at paper-and-pencil test sites.
  • Please read the rules and regulations before you arrive for your scheduled test.
  • You will be permitted to leave the testing area during breaks and lunch. You will be subject to security screening before you re-enter the testing area.
What is my schedule for the test day?

The schedule below is for the paper-and-pencil version of the exams. Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled starting time if you are retaking an individual subject exam.

Part I
7:15 – 7:45 Registration for Part I
7:45 – 8:00 Instructions for Part I
8:00 – 9:15 General Anatomy/GEA Retake
9:35 – 10:55 Spinal Anatomy/SPA Retake
11:15 – 12:35 Physiology/PHY Retake
12:35 – 1:35 Lunch
1:35 – 2:55 Chemistry/CHE Retake
3:15 – 4:35 Pathology/PAT Retake
4:55 – 6:15 Microbiology/MIC Retake
Part II
7:15 – 7:45 Registration for Part II
7:45 – 8:00 Instructions for Part II
8:00 – 9:15 General Diagnosis/GED Retake
9:35 – 10:55 Neuromusculoskeletal Diagnosis/NMS Retake
11:15 – 12:35 Diagnostic Imaging/DIM Retake
12:35 – 1:35 Lunch
1:35 – 2:55 Principles of Chiropractic/PRI Retake
3:15 – 4:35 Chiropractic Practice/PRA Retake
4:55 – 6:15 Associated Clinical Sciences/ACS Retake
Part III
7:15 – 7:45 Registration for Part III
7:45 – 8:00 Instructions for Part III
8:00 – 10:00 Part III (First Half)/Part III Retake
10:20 – 12:25 Part III (Second Half)/Part III Retake
12:25 – 1:25 Lunch
1:25 – 1:55 Registration for Physiotherapy
1:55 – 2:10 Instructions for Physiotherapy
2:10 – 3:25 Physiotherapy/PHT Retake
What can I bring?

Security staff will inspect all items and may ask you to place your personal items in a small plastic bag. You may retrieve your belongings at the end of the day. You may bring:

  • TWO forms of valid identification for registration.
    • ID No. 1: A government-issued photo ID (valid driver’s license, state/province ID card, passport, or military ID card)
    • ID No. 2: A U.S. social security card, social insurance card, credit card, bank ATM card, or school ID
  • A key or keyless entry device for your car

Please leave any items that may be questioned by security or test site personnel at home. 

You will be subject to individual security screening procedures, including the use of metal detection wands. If you refuse to submit to individual security screenings, you may be denied entrance to, or be expelled from, the testing area.

Nursing mothers should notify registration staff upon arrival at the test site. They may bring a breast pump and a small cooler (which will be inspected) and may access these items only during scheduled break times between examinations.

What else do I need to know (rules)?

NBCE examinations are copyrighted. Reproduction of NBCE test questions violates copyright laws and may result in prosecution.

An examinee can be disqualified or permanently prohibited from taking or continuing to take an examination, and his or her scores on an examination or all examinations taken may be withheld, revoked, or invalidated, if the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) test administrator or other NBCE representatives conclude:

  1. The examinee has provided any false or misleading information, committed forgery, or failed to reveal material information in any communication directed to the NBCE, or on any forms submitted to the NBCE.
  2. The examinee takes an examination for another person or another person takes an examination in the examinee’s place.
  3. The examinee has given or received aid in the examination as evidenced by observation or statistical analyses of answer sheets.
  4. The examinee has engaged in any act or conduct that jeopardizes or could jeopardize the security or integrity of NBCE examinations; such action or conduct may include, but is not limited to, copying or reproducing any portion of the examination, or memorizing questions and answers and furnishing those memorized questions and/or answers to any other person at any time.
  5. The examinee has engaged in any other conduct that may invalidate the examination results, including, but not limited to, removing items from the testing room.
  6. The examinee has engaged in any behavior that is deemed to be disruptive, offensive or inappropriate in any way to the testing environment.

The NBCE may contact school officials and annotate transcripts of examinees whose conduct is deemed inappropriate or disruptive to the testing process.