Computer-based examinations administered at testing facilities will have rooms with closeable doors to minimize potential distractions to the candidates. Many testing sites have rooms with more than one testing station per examination room, with adequate space, or partitions between testing stations. The proctor will monitor activity from within the examination room via direct observation, through an unobstructed window view, or via video surveillance.
Computer-based testing centers provide exam administration services for a variety of different credentialing exams. These exams can be of different lengths, have different start times, and have different rules than the APA® certification exam. All attempts will be made by the testing center to provide a calm, quiet, testing experience. Candidates who are sensitive to noise and occasional distractions may bring earplugs or similar to mitigate ambient noise.
For live online-proctored examinations, the candidate will give the proctor access to his or her computer to monitor for unauthorized activities, such as accessing other software applications, using multiple monitors, or having someone else take the examination remotely. The candidate must also verbally agree to any rules set by the test sponsor. The proctor can terminate the testing appointment for integrity reasons at any time.
The proctor will perform an environmental scan, in which the candidate will show the proctor a 360-degree view of his or her environment, including the top of and underneath the desk, by holding and moving the webcam or laptop webcam as directed by the proctor. The proctor will then enable the monitoring software for watching and recording the candidate. Once this is complete, the candidate will click a link to launch the examination login process.
Candidates will have three and one-half (3.5) hours to complete the 175-multiple-choice question exam unless provided with special time accommodations.
Candidates are required to adhere to the following examination policies:
- No visitors are allowed in the examination rooms.
- Candidates must perform all of their own work, without assistance. Sharing information or disturbing others is cause for dismissal with no refund.
- Impersonating another candidate, giving or receiving help on the exam, or removing exam materials or notes from the examination site is cause for dismissal with no refund.
- No dictionaries, calculators, paper, or other supplies are allowed to be brought into the exam room.
- No purses, bags, or any powered communication devices such as cell phones, tablets, etc. are allowed in the examination room.
- No food or drinks are allowed in the examination room unless approved in advance for medical reasons.
Candidates may be disqualified from taking or continuing forward in the examination process, or from receiving exam results, if the Board of Examiners, Scantron and/or the examination proctor determine, either through direct observation or through statistical analysis that the candidate engaged in collaborative, disruptive, cheating, or other unacceptable behavior before, during or following the administration of the APA® exam.