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What is Part II?

Part II tests six clinical science areas:

  • General Diagnosis
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Diagnosis
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Principles Of Chiropractic
  • Chiropractic Practice
  • Associated Clinical Sciences

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 II subject is allotted 75 minutes of testing time, with a 20-minute break between subjects.

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

The NBCE develops every exam based on a test plan. The detailed Part II 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 Part II reference text list.

Can I see sample questions?

The NBCE offers sample tests for each Part II 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 II?

The NBCE offers Part II at chiropractic colleges across the country and in some international locations. Some test sites offer the option of computer-based tests. You can select a test site when you apply. See the compete list of accredited test sites, along with other eligible colleges.