Student Trial Exam


From July 2020, an online version of the STE has been hosted on our teaching online platform, IACLETOP.

Delivering the STE online means IACLE can offer a number of enhancements:

  • A choice between the traditional 100 multiple-choice question (MCQ) exam or a reduced STE with 50 MCQs, providing more flexibility for educators and students.
  • Questions and answer options randomized, so each student gets an individual exam
  • The option to complete the STE via a smartphone app as well as on their computer
  • Online feedback for each student, either on the day or when the educator prefers

IACLETOP came to the rescue just in time. The STE is an important element of contact lens teaching as it forms a part of our summative assessment for final-year students. Both I as the educator and my students had a good learning experience with the Online STE.
FIACLE Fakhruddin Barodawala, SEGi University, Malaysia

What is the STE?

The exam is a standard knowledge level test that assesses students’ contact lens knowledge.

Who is the STE for?

IACLE recommends the STE for final year students or newly qualifying graduates

The Purpose of this Program

This program assists students by assessing their level of contact lenses knowledge and identifying areas where knowledge may be lacking. Therefore, students are guided to where further study and practice are required.

We believe that higher levels of knowledge in students will give them the confidence to go out into practice and successfully fit contact lenses and manage their patients.  This confidence contributes to the reduction of contact lens-related complications, consequently leading to fewer patient dropouts.  This will ultimately increase the popularity of, and consumer confidence in, contact lenses as a form of vision correction.

STE Format

We offer two formats, consisting of 50 and 100 multiple choice questions (MCQs). A range of these questions require the student to recognize/identify a certain type of lens fit or eye condition in a colour photograph.

Categories covered in the STE

1. Anatomy and Physiology of the Anterior Eye
2. Design and Management of Contact Lenses
3. Principles of Contact Lens Fitting
4. Patient Examination and Delivery of Contact Lenses
5. Care and Maintenance of Contact Lenses
6. Ocular Responses to Contact Lenses
7. Complications Resulting from Contact Lens Wear

We provide the exam in following languages:

  • English (available)
  • Bahasa (available)
  • Spanish (available from September 2020)
  • Korean (available from September 2020)
  • Chinese {Simplified} (available from September 2020)

Who can conduct an STE for their students?

IACLE Educator Members are eligible and encouraged to conduct this program for their students.

When can a member conduct an STE?

IACLE Educator Members can apply to conduct the STE anytime.  See below regarding registration.

How to register for the STE

IACLE Educator Members must complete and return the STE registration form to their local IACLE office. IACLE will support members with getting themselves and their students prepared to complete the STE on IACLETOP.

STE Cost

The online STE (via the IACLETOP) is free for the remainder of 2020.

From 2021, it won’t be individual STEs being charged per student, it will be the access to IACLETOP for members’ students that will incur a subscription fee. Subscription fees will be announced later in the year.

Note: we do not provide refunds

How to arrange an STE for your students

Step-by-step guide for Educators on how to run the online STE:

All members of IACLE have access to IACLETOP. This is the online platform where the online STEs will be run from. A step by step guide is provided for both the teacher and the students from how to register for them through to how to access the results.

Complete the registration form, submit that to your IACLE representative office and we will send you the details and assist members with preparing to complete the STE on IACLETOP.

What happens once the exam is complete?

Results and reporting

IACLE’s Education Team provide the member with instructions on how to export the exam results to their students. IACLE create a summary of the results into a report and provides this to the member.

An IACLE STE certificate template is provided to the member, if they choose to, for preparing for each student who received a 50% or higher exam outcome.


Please contact your local IACLE office or contact us at:

Educator Members & students feedback on the online STE

It was a great experience and opportunity to conduct IACLE STE online through IACLETOP. It is a great initiative to set up STE through an online App. Conduction and coordination of examination I found to be very easy and stress free through the Canvas App. Exam questions were well structured in a thought provoking manner and tricky at the same time. It has covered the entire portion of contact lens curriculum, thus it helps the students to know their position and weakness before commencing their year ending examination. STE results were presented with summary of individual questions and their answers attempted by each student,which really helped to know their understanding level and discuss about their struggle.

Educator Nithya Ravindren, Ahalia School of Optometry, India

It is always a team of players who win the game starting with motivated students, then coach and teachers. Thank you IACLE for the online STE and supporting the institutes wholeheartedly.

Educator Veshal Madan, D.Y. Patil Institute of Optometry & Visual Sciences, India

The concepts covered have helped me set a standard for evaluating my knowledge in the field. The exam was practically oriented, and is hence poised to provide an effective transition from classroom learning to professional application. The questions were of a challenging level, with several numerical applications. The experience of preparing, learning and testing my skills in this field has helped me challenge myself and my abilities. It has been enlightening to know in detail about the know-how of contact lenses and the technologies associated.

Student Jishna Balakrishnan, Ahalia School of Optometry, India

IACLE online STE was a very nice experience. Disabling back tracking was a very essential feature helping to think twice before answering. It generated interest in contact lenses, specially IACLE modules to read and practically relating it in case discussions. IACLE TOP is a user friendly platform with mail notifications to directly access it. Thanks educators and IACLE.

Student Aditi Sarkar, Hari Jyot College of Optometry, India

It was a wonderful experience! Questions were very challenging but I really enjoyed it.

Student Jaydeep Jogiya, Hari Jyot College of Optometry, India