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What is Part I?

Part I is a computer-based test, delivered on chiropractic college campuses.

Part I tests six basic sciences areas (domains):

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

Each domain consists of 50 standard multiple-choice questions.

Part I is divided into three sessions; each session consists of two domains. Each domain is allotted 42 minutes with an optional 15 minute break after each of the first two sessions. Testing appointments are 5 hours.

 

Who can take Part I?
Topics, Sample Questions, and Reference Texts

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).

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

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

Test Sites and Test Site Rules

The NBCE offers Part I at chiropractic colleges and Prometric testing centers across the country. Each test site utilizes computer-based testing. You can select a test site when you apply. See the list of accredited Test Sites.

The NBCE is committed to exam security. The only item you are allowed to bring into the secure testing area is one form of ID. The NBCE will provide a place to store your car key (one key allowed). Please review the complete list of Test Site Rules before you arrive to take your test.

Exam Administration Dates

2020 Administrations – CBT

Administration Dates Exams Offered
Jan 18 OR Jan 19, 2020 Part I
Apr. 18 OR Apr. 19, 2020 Part I
Aug. 15 OR Aug. 16, 2020 Part I
What is a Passing Score for Part I?

In order to achieve a passing score, you must demonstrate proficiency in each domain (subject).

Requirements of individual states may vary. Therefore, contact the licensing board of the state in which you intend to practice for information concerning that state’s score requirements.

Fees
Part I $685

 

Withdraw/Reschedule

Examinees may withdraw from or reschedule their Parts I, II, III, Physiotherapy computer-based exams using the Prometric scheduling tool. After published deadlines, you may not make any changes to your appointment and the NBCE will issue no refunds.