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The March 2017 California Acupuncture Licensing Exam (CALE) boasted a 78.4% pass rate of first-time test takers, the highest pass rate in any single exam since the February 2013 test (79% pass rate). A total of 296 people from around the U.S. took the exam for the first time on March 21st, 232 of whom passed.

Eight acupuncture schools tallied a 100% pass rate–American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (2 pass/0 fail), Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine (16/0), National College of Naturopathic Medicine (2/0), New York College of Health Professionals (1/0), Nine Star University of Health Sciences (4/0), Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (2/0), Southern California University of Health Sciences (2/0), Southwest Acupuncture College (1/0).

The CALE is universally recognized as the most difficult acupuncture licensing exam in the United States. The California Acupuncture Board, who administers the CALE, approved replacing the CALE with the NCCAOM exams beginning in 2019.

The full list of pass rates by college can be found on the California Acupuncture Board website at

The next California licensing exam will be held August 23, 2017 in Sacramento, CA.