The purpose of the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst examination is to assess knowledge of the BCBA/BCaBA Task List (4th ed.) at a level consistent with that of an entry-level behavior analyst.

The BCaBA examination is comprised of 130 multiple-choice questions. Each question has four possible answers. Examination content is based on the BCBA/BCaBA Task List (4th ed.). See the chart at the bottom of this page for the number of questions per content area.

In addition to the 130 graded questions, examinations typically include up to 10 ungraded pilot questions. Therefore, candidates sitting for the BCaBA examination will usually answer 140 questions total. Candidates are give a total of four hours to complete the examination. This includes time spent reviewing and agreeing to the Examination Terms and Conditions, reading instructions, and any breaks taken during the examination.

The examinations are administered using a computer-based testing (CBT) format by Pearson VUE, Inc. of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pearson VUE’s website offers a tutorial to become familiar with the CBT format, as well as information about what to expect at a Pearson VUE testing center.

BACB examinations are professionally developed to accepted standards and are based on the results of a formal Job Analysis and survey. The BACB follows nationally accepted standards for test development.

Examination Content Areas

Content Area Number of Questions
Basic Behavior Analytic Skills
A Measurement 14
B Experimental Design 11
C Behavior-Change Considerations 3
D Fundamental Elements of Behavior-Change 24
E Specific Behavior-Change Procedures 13
F Behavior-Change Systems 8
Client-Centered Responsibilities (will include at least 2 questions addressing ethics per section)
G Identification of the Problem 9
H Measurement 6
I Assessment 12
J Intervention 18
K Implementation, Management and Supervision 12
Total Number of Questions 130