The ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) uses Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT), which is criterion referenced, for all certification examinations. With CAT, when a person answers a question correctly, the next test question has a slightly higher level of difficulty. The difficulty level of the questions presented to the examinee continues to increase until a question is answered incorrectly. Then a slightly easier question is presented. In this way the test is tailored to the individual’s ability level.
Each question in the test bank is calibrated for level of difficulty and is assigned a content area that matches with the subtest area of the content outline for a particular examination. The weight (value) given to each question is determined by the level of difficulty. Therefore, the examinee must answer enough difficult questions to achieve a score above the pass point.
The examinations (with the exception of PBT and DPT) are scheduled for 2 hours and 30 minutes with 100 questions. The PBT examination is scheduled for 2 hours with 80 questions, and the DPT (ASCP) examination is scheduled for 2 hours and 30 minutes with 90 questions.
Your preliminary test results (pass/fail) will appear on the computer screen. Notification to view your examination scores will be emailed within four (4) business days after you have taken the examination provided all official transcripts verifying the appropriate degree have been received. Note: examination results cannot be released by telephone, to anyone.
Your official score report can be viewed online post login. It will indicate "PASS" or "FAIL" status and the scaled score on the total examination. All examination scores are reported in scaled score. A scaled score is mathematically derived (in part) from the raw score (number of correctly answered questions) and the difficulty level of the questions. Because each examinee has taken a different form of the examination, scaled scores are used so that tests may be compared on the same scale. The minimum passing score is 400. The highest attainable score is 999.
If you were unsuccessful in passing the examination, your scaled scores on each of the subtests will be indicated on this report as well. These subtest scores cannot be calculated to obtain your total score. These scores are provided as a means of demonstrating your areas of strengths and weaknesses in comparison to the minimum pass score.
Once your application and eligibility documentation have been approved by the BOC, you'll receive email notification to login to view your Admission Notice. Once you receive your Admission Notice, verify all information for accuracy. Then, it's time to schedule your examination at a Pearson Professional Center. Visit the Pearson site for ASCP examinations to identify a location that's convenient for you. View Scheduling, Rescheduling, Cancellation Policy, and Reapplying for Examination.
If you receive an email indicating you are ineligible for examination, you have the option of appealing this decision. View Ineligibility.
Email Address Change:
All notifications from the ASCP Board of Certification are delivered via email. It is your responsibility to keep your email address current. To update your email address, go to your ASCP Login and click on "Profiles and Settings." Failure to keep the Board of Certification informed of your current email address will result in non-receipt of important information.
Mailing Address Change:
It is your responsibility to keep your mailing address current. To update your mailing address go to your ASCP Login and click on “Profiles and Settings.” A valid mailing address must be provided prior to sitting for the examination in order to receive your wall certificate at the correct address. If your current address is not valid at the time of examination, it will be your responsibility to order and pay for a replacement certificate if necessary.
Name changes must be accompanied by a photocopy of official documentation (i.e., marriage license or court order).
To submit a documented name change request online, click on The ASCP Customer Feedback Form, select the topic Change Name/Contact Information and the subject Name Change. You will be prompted to login. The name change screen allows you to upload your documents if you have them in electronic format and send them via email.
- By Mail:
OR you can print a cover letter and mail your name change document(s) to:
ASCP Board of Certification
33 W. Monroe St., Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603-5617
Attn: Name Change
Please allow 7-10 business days for processing documented name changes. You will be notified when your name change has been processed.
Name and/or address changes may not be made at the test center. Name changes or name corrections received in the ASCP Board of Certification office after the day you take the examination will not be reflected on your certificate. A fee will be charged if you request a new certificate.
What to Bring to the Exam Center
When you arrive at the testing center, you must present a valid driver's license with photo and signature or a valid state identification card with photo and signature. You must also present a second personal ID containing your signature to the proctor. Your first and last name on the valid driver's license/valid state ID and secondary ID must match your first and last name registered at Pearson. Your identification must be valid (not expired) or it will not be accepted. View acceptable forms of ID.
If you appear without a valid driver's license with photo, valid state ID with photo, or the first and last names do not match the names registered at Pearson, you will not be permitted to take the examination. You will be required to reapply and pay another application fee for a new exam period.
Testing Center Security
You must report to the testing center 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Upon check-in Pearson VUE will collect your signature, photographic image, and palm vein image. This is a standard procedure at all Pearson Professional Centers. Biometric technology ensures that each candidate will only have a single record in the Pearson VUE system and will help safeguard the integrity of the ASCP Board of Certification exams. You will be given a checklist of rules to read. Another palm vein image will be taken before you are seated in the exam room and again if you leave the room at any time during your exam.
Only non-programmable calculators may be brought to the testing center. Writing material for calculations will be provided for you. Cell phones will not be permitted in the exam room.
Do not bring reference books, notes, or other study materials into the testing center. If the test proctor determines that you have engaged in inappropriate conduct during the exam (such as giving or obtaining unauthorized information or aid, or looking at notes/reference books/study guides), your exam session will be terminated, and you will be unable to complete your exam. You will need to appeal to the Board of Certification.The Board will review your case and determine the appropriate course of action.
Please view the appeals procedures regarding exam content or administration irregularities.