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What is Part I?

Part I tests six basic sciences areas:

  • General Anatomy
  • Spinal Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Pathology
  • Microbiology

Each test has 90 standard multiple-choice questions, 80 of which are scored. The 10 non-scored questions are used for diagnostic purposes. Each Part I subject is allotted 75 minutes of testing time, with a 20-minute break between subjects.

Who can take Part I?
What topics are included in Part I?

The NBCE develops every exam based on a test plan. The detailed Part I test plan includes topics, subtopics, and weightings (the percentage of the test devoted to each topic).

Does the NBCE publish a list of books to help me prepare?

The NBCE uses reference texts from the chiropractic colleges. See the list of Part I reference texts.

Can I see sample questions?

The NBCE offers sample tests for each Part I subject. Each sample test contains 50 questions and costs $15.

What can I expect at the test site?

The NBCE is committed to exam security. The only items you are allowed to bring into the testing area are two forms of ID and a key to your car. (NO remote keyless entry devices are allowed.) Please review the complete list of test site rules before you arrive to take your test.

Where can I take Part I?

The NBCE offers Part I at chiropractic colleges across the country. Some test sites offer the option of computer-based testing. You can select a test site when you apply. See the list of accredited test sites, along with other eligible colleges.