- The BACB examinations are only offered to individuals who are seeking BACB certification or recertification, and for no other purpose.
- The exam is 4 hours in length, with 150 questions in total.
- The examinations are administered using a computer-based testing (CBT) format. A tutorial is available at Pearson to allow candidates to become familiar with the CBT format. The BACB recommends that candidates use the tutorial prior to their testing appointment.
- The BACB examinations will be offered during “testing windows” of approximately one month's duration three times per calendar year. The exact dates for testing windows will be listed here as they become available.
- Candidates will be notified of their results within 45 days of the last examination date, via their online Certificant Gateway accounts.
- Every BACB examination undergoes psychometric statistical equating to assure that scores on different examinations are adjusted for differing levels of difficulty. Therefore, the actual number correct score for each examination may vary depending on the form and level of difficulty of the examination
This chart represents the percentage of people who passed the BCBA exams taken in September 2011, January 2012, May 2012 and September 2012. These numbers show that an average of 57.4% individuals who took the BCBA examination for the first time passed the exam. Conversely, an average of 42.6% of individuals did not.
This chart reflects the number of individuals who took the BACB examinations from September 2011 to September 2012.
Did You Fail the Exam? You are not alone.
Q: "If I fail the examination on my first attempt, may I re-take the examination without going through the entire application process? How many times may I re-take the examination?"
A: "Yes, you have two years from your original approval date to take the examination, after which you must reapply. You may re-take the examination as many times as it is offered during that period. However, if you fail an examination you must submit a retake application and pay additional fees to take the examination again. Retake applications are subject to the same deadlines and late fees as original exam applications."
- Know how you test best ...Should you read through the questions first? Move on after 30-seconds? Write down everything you know and then start? Should you comment on questions? Is it better to earmark questions and go back if there's time? or Can you comment now?
- Remember there is a time limit!! 4 hours
- Study - there's no replacement for being fluent with the material. Practice and you'll persist!
- Use phrases, mnemonics, or funny scenarios, images or ways that help you remember terms and concepts that trip you up.
- Avoid adding in information or making inferences about information that you were not provided in the question. Don't OVER analyze Future Analyst!
- Read the question and ALL of your choices carefully - avoid careless mistakes.