Exam Preparation and Materials

To help you prepare for the certification/licensure examination, the following study materials are available. Please click on the appropriate link below for further information on these study materials.


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Testing Center

The ASCP Board of Certification uses the format of computer adaptive testing (CAT) for all certification examinations. With CAT, when a person answers a question correctly, the next test question has a higher level of difficulty. The difficulty level of the questions presented to the examinee continues to increase until a question is answered incorrectly. Then an 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 classified by content area. The content area aligns with the examination specific content outline. The examinee must answer enough questions correctly to achieve a measure above the pass point in order to successfully pass the certification examination. There is no set number of questions one must answer to pass, nor is there a set percentage one must achieve to pass. If at the end of the exam the examinee’s score is above the pass point, then he or she passes the exam.

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 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 Change:
Name changes must be accompanied by a photocopy of official documentation (i.e., marriage license or court order).

  • Online:
    To submit a documented name change request online, click on 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.

When you arrive at the testing center, you must present a valid (not expired) driver's license with photo and signature or a valid (not expired) state identification card with photo and signature. Your first and last name on the valid driver's license/valid state 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 at the Pearson Test Center without an acceptable form of identification* 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.

NOTE: ID with Embedded Signatures: If the ID presented has no visible signature or one that is difficult or impossible to read, the ASCP candidate is required to present another form of identification from the primary list which contains a visible signature.

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.

You will be required to leave your personal belongings outside of the testing room. Small, lockable storage is available; however, you are not allowed to access any prohibited personal items at any time during your exam. Hats, scarves, gloves and coats are not allowed in the testing room; however, provisions have been made for specific religious/cultural apparel. You will be asked to remove any large jewelry or other accessories before entering the testing room.

All personal items must be stored in your locker. All electronic devices (cell phones, smart watches, MP3 players, fitness bands, etc.) must be placed inside a Pearson VUE provided plastic bag. The following items may not be accessed at all during your examination appointment:

  • any educational, test preparation or study materials
  • cell/mobile/smart phones, smart watches, MP3 players, fitness bands, pagers, jump drives, cameras or any other electronic devices
  • weapons of any kind

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.