Welcome to information on NCUEB for teacher certification in Maryland.
Test Requirement: (COMAR) 13A.12.02.23 Blind Visually Impaired
"The SBOE approved the adoption of the National Certification in Unified English Braille (NCUEB) as the assessment required for initial certification in the area of Blind/Visually Impaired. Effective October 1, 2020, an individual who wishes to become certified in the area of Blind/Visually Impaired will be required to present a minimum score of 75 points on each subtest of the NCUEB, at the time of application.
To accommodate this new testing requirement, the Maryland State Steering Committee for the Blind and Visually Impaired developed a plan to assist with the implementation of the NCUEB across the state. The plan includes a brief description of the NCUEB, location of test sites, test fees, and information regarding the 2019 test administrations.
If you have any questions regarding this new regulation or test requirement, please contact Kelly Meadows at 410-767-0394 or kelly.meadows at maryland.gov."
Testing dates and locations
Testing Dates are as follows. You MUST register for the test by the deadline. Fees are $275 to take the test.
(Payment at registration link) Test begins at 10:00 am and runs until 2 pm. You can register at the link at the top of this page.
If you have any questions about testing dates and/or locations please contact Conchita Hernandez email: conchita.hernandez at maryland.gov
December 9, 2019: John Carroll Special Education Building
1400 Nalley Terrace
Hyattsville, MD 20785
Deadline: November 27
January 16, 2020: Columbia Lighthouse
8757 Georgia Ave Suite 805
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Deadline: January 2
February 10, 2020: Parents Place of Maryland
802 Cromwell Park Drive Suite Q
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Deadline: January 27
March 25, 2020: English Manor
4511 Bestor Drive
Rockville, Maryland 20853
Deadline: March 9
May 13, 2020: Maryland School for the Blind
3501 Taylor Ave
Nottingham, MD 21236
Deadline: April 28
June 15, 2020 Blind Services and Industries of Maryland
240 Northwood Dr.
Salisbury, MD 21801
Deadline: June 1
November 6, 2020 Crown Plaza Baltimore
105 W Fayette St
Baltimore, MD 21201
Deadline: October 23
Resources in preparing for the test
- Request a free practice packet if you are in Maryland email Conchita.hernandez at maryland.gov
- International Council on English Braille
- BANA (Braille Authority of North America)
UEB Prep app
Check out the UEB app! A fun way to learn the UEB code. The UEBPrep walks users through the process of learning braille by introducing basic concepts like the alphabet and progressively moving towards contractions, wordsigns, and more.
Video on UEB
Check out our webinar that walks you through the most recent changes in UEB.
About the NCUEB
Material Covered in the Exam
The NCUEB covers contracted literary braille as described in the Rules of Unified English Braille, 2nd Edition, 2013 and is available from the International Council on English Braille (ICEB). During the exam, test takers will be provided with the only reference material allowed.
The examination consists of three sections:
1. Braille Writing: using a braillewriter
2. Proofreading: identifying embedded errors
3. Multiple Choice: answering questions about correct braille usage and rules
You will have a maximum of four and one-half (4.5) hours to complete the test: 90 minutes for Braille Writing; 90 minutes for Proofreading; and 60 minutes for Multiple Choice. There will be two 15 minute breaks between each section. We will provide reference materials.
What to Bring to the Exam
You are responsible for providing the following items on the day of the exam:
- Government issued photo ID
- Manual braillewriter that can accommodate 11x11.5 paper and is in good working condition (This will be provided to Maryland test takers)
- One braille eraser (optional)
- Any items which have been pre-approved as an accommodation
There will be a short break between sections. You are responsible for supplying any drinks or snacks, but neither will be allowed in the testing room.
Any items not directly related to taking the exam must be left outside the testing area. Any questions regarding acceptable equipment or accommodations should be addressed to the NBPCB office prior to the test date.
None of the following items are permitted at any time:
- Lap top computer
- Electronic braille note taking equipment
- Cell phone
- Recording device
- No reference materials are allowed other than those provided by NBPCB during the exam
- Other print or braille materials (All braille paper will be supplied by NBPCB.)
All examinations will be evaluated by a panel of qualified test scorers. You will receive an indication of pass or fail for each of the three test sections, as well as an indication of overall performance and an NCUEB certificate, when applicable.
We will e-mail you your scores within 6 weeks of completing the exam.
If you do not pass all three sections of the test, you have 18 months from the original test date to do so. Only those sections not passed need to be retaken. Retests can be taken at the time of any scheduled test administration.
If you have a disability that prevents you from taking the test under standard testing conditions, you may request reasonable accommodations. A written request, accompanied by appropriate medical documentation, must be received at the time of registration.
The following accommodations do not require additional documentation:
- Hand-held magnifier
- Felt-tip marker
- Wiki sticks or other tactile place holders
- Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)
- Additional personal lighting
You are responsible for providing these items along with any other pre-approved accommodations.
If a power source will be required for any accommodation, it is necessary to bring this to our attention at the time of registration.
NCUEB Certified Individuals in Maryland