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DOCK Examination Overview

The DOCK examination tests clinically relevant fundamental knowledge in ophthalmology as well as self-selected practice-related knowledge. The exam is based on the MOC Content Outline, a curriculum of clinically relevant ophthalmic knowledge developed by hundreds of practicing ophthalmologists. The final administration of the DOCK Examination will occur in 2018. The testing window will be extended from January to December for online, on-demand access in addition to test center availability in September. In 2019, all diplomates will transition to the Quarterly Questions program.


  • The DOCK is a secure, proctored, 150-item computer-based exam that takes approximately four hours to complete. The exam consists of one 50-item module on Core Ophthalmic Knowledge and two 50-item modules chosen by you from a list of practice emphasis areas. You are encouraged to select modules in the areas of clinical practice most relevant to you.
  • The content of the DOCK  is based on the MOC Content Outline, a curriculum of clinically relevant practice-related knowledge.
  • The DOCK is a pass-fail examination with results based on the total percent correct of all 150 questions. It is necessary to achieve an overall passing grade based on the combined grades of all three modules. Unanswered questions are scored as incorrect; therefore, you are encouraged to answer every question.
  • The DOCK examination employs a criterion-referenced passing standard, which means it is possible for all examinees to pass the examination. The ABO does not release the passing standard for any exam forms.
  • Optional PORTs are available to help you prepare for the exam. PORTs promote lifelong learning and are accredited for up to 2 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits TM per module through a joint providership agreement with the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The ABO offers three PORTs to all diplomates free of charge.
  • Results are mailed to approximately eight weeks following the close of the test window.
  • Registration for the 2018 examination extends through June 1. The late registration period runs from June 2 to December 1 with a $300 late fee.
  • Click here for information on applying 2017 Quarterly Questions participation to the 2018 DOCK.

Module Selection

  • All examinations include a 50-question module in Core Ophthalmic Knowledge.
  • At the time of registration, diplomates select two additional 50-question practice emphasis area modules for inclusion on their examination. 
  • Diplomates are given the option to select two modules within the same practice emphasis area or two different practice emphasis areas. However, there is currently only one module available for Refractive Management/Intervention and Uveitis.
      • Comprehensive Ophthalmology
      • Cataract/Anterior Segment
      • Cornea/External Disease
      • Glaucoma
      • Neuro-Ophthalmology and Orbit
      • Oculoplastics and Orbit
      • Pediatric Ophthalmology/Strabismus
      • Retina/Vitreous
      • Refractive Management/Intervention
      • Uveitis 


  • To take the DOCK Examination from your home or office, simply sign up to schedule a test appointment prior to December 1, 2018. A computer or tablet with a camera and sufficient internet is required. Unsure if your computer meets the requirements for the remote proctored examination? Click here to test it out and watch the overview video, produced by the ABO's remote proctoring provider, ProctorU.
  • The DOCK examination is also available by appointment on regular business days (including most Saturdays) throughout the entire month of September at Prometric Test Centers nationwide. To locate a list of test centers near you, visit Please note: exact locations are not available until approximately three months prior to the examination. Registered diplomates are sent an email from the ABO with instructions for scheduling a test center appointment. The total examination appointment time is 3.5 hours which includes time for check-in, tutorial, optional 10-minute breaks between modules, optional closing survey, and check-out.

Special Accommodations

The ABO complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to mitigate the effects of an ADA-qualifying disability on the testing activity. To accommodate individuals with disabilities, the ABO will make reasonable modifications to its examinations that do not fundamentally alter the requirements of the examination or the measurement of the skills or knowledge the ABO examinations are intended to test. Click here to review the ABO's ADA policy and download the accommodation request form.