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|
|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|
|K Implementation, Management and Supervision||12|
|Total Number of Questions||130|