EXPERIENCE LEVEL EXAMS (ELE)
A series of 4 “Experience Level Exams” are used by the COO to assess the knowledge gained by Interns. Passing these exams is a requirement for graduation. Interns are eligible to take their first, and subsequent ELE’s based on the pathway in which they are enrolled, and their estimated graduation date. Exam Levels I, II and III are offered at every conference. Required, is a minimum of 12 months between the taking of each ELE exam for Supervised Interns and 19 months for Unsupervised Interns*. The only exception is if a student requires a retake, in which case this can be taken at the next available opportunity.
ELE IV is a final practical exam. It is not necessary to wait 12-19 months before taking ELE IV. You can request your ELE IV package six months after successful completion of ELE III.
*Based on previous experience Unsupervised Interns may have shorter testing requirement than 19 months.
Completion of the Experience Level Examinations (ELE’s) is a requirement of Interns enrolled in the American Society of Ocularists (ASO) College of Ocularistry (COO). ELE Exams 1, 2 and 3 consist of 50 multiple choice questions (MCQ’s) related to the knowledge and experience expected of a training Intern after the completion of certain time interval requirements, established at the time of enrollment into the College. ELE exams are given at Annual and Midyear Conferences of the ASO COO.
Upon successful completion of ELE 1, 2, or 3, the next level ELE can be taken no sooner than the date(s) established for that Intern at the time of enrollment. If one does not pass an ELE, it can be re-taken at the next Conference (typically 6 months later).
ELE 4 is a practical, hands-on exam which requires the Intern to: 1) fit, fabricate and deliver a custom prosthesis to a patient; 2) take specified color photographs of this patient/case; 3) make a mold of the finished prosthesis and fabricate a clear duplicate of the final prosthesis shape; and 4) supply certain written information about this case. See the end of this document for full details.
Eligibility requirements for taking ELE 1, 2, 3 and 4 are as follows:
ELE 1: After completion of 20% (2,000 – 3,200 hours) of the required training experience established at the time of enrollment.
ELE 2: After completion of 40% (4,000 – 6,400 hours) of the required training experience established at the time of enrollment.
ELE 3: After completion of 60% (6,000 – 9,600 hours) of the required training experience established at the time of enrollment.
ELE 4: After completion of ELE 3 and a training period of six months.
Note. Any changes in the training schedule, originally established at the time of enrollment, may affect the ELE testing intervals and graduation date. It is the responsibility of the Intern to promptly notify the College’s Administration of any changes in his/her training schedule. Failure to do could jeopardize graduation from the College.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE EXPECTED FOR ELE 1
ELE 1 will test basic knowledge of the following subjects: History, Terminology, Anatomy/Physiology, Etiology/Pathology, Surgical Procedures/Implants, Office/Lab Hygiene, Lab Materials, Lab Safety, and ASO Bylaws and Charters. ELE 1 will also test for experience with the following tasks: Dental Stone Investments, Polishing, and Polymerization.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE EXPECTED FOR ELE 2
ELE 2 will test for intermediate knowledge and experience of the subjects listed for ELE 1 and shall also include the following subjects: Patient Evaluation, Painting and Fabrication
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE EXPECTED FOR ELE 3
ELE 3 will test for advanced knowledge and experience of the subjects listed for ELE 1 and 2 and shall also include the following subjects: fitting prosthetic eyes and scleral shells
The test format for ELE 3 will include MCQs (multiple choice questions) based on photographs, illustrations and/or diagrams of Ocularistry related subjects.
ELE STUDY GUIDE
Click here to download the ELE STUDY GUIDE.
INTERN RESOURCE GUIDE
This guide is created specifically for Interns of the ASO COO. Click here to go to the RESOURCE GUIDE page (ASO member or ASO College Intern login required).