What is Part I?
Part I tests six basic sciences areas:
- General Anatomy
- Spinal Anatomy
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?
What time is my test?
Part I exams are offered in March, June, September and October. (See the scheduled administration dates.) The March and September administrations offer both paper-and-pencil and computer-based formats. The June and October administrations offer the computer-based format only. Scheduling options vary depending on the format you choose. (See the paper-and-pencil and computer-based schedules.)
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.