General Rules for Taking the Examinations

Candidates are advised to plan on arriving at the testing center approximately 30 minutes prior to their testing appointment in order to allow sufficient time for the check in process. The check in process includes security measures such as photographing, fingerprinting, and obtaining an electronic signature from each candidate. Candidates will not be permitted to enter the testing area 30 minutes following the starting time for their testing appointment.

Admission to the examination site requires candidates to provide two forms of valid identification. Both pieces of identification must show your first and last name exactly as they appear in your BACB account.

Both pieces of identification must have your signature and must be current (i.e., not expired). The primary identification must be government-issued and include both a photo and signature (e.g., a driver’s license or state/national ID). The secondary identification must include a signature but need not include a photo (e.g., a signed credit card with a signature that matches the government-issued identification).

Failure to present two fully valid pieces of identification will prevent your admission to the test center. If this happens, you will be marked absent and you will forfeit the entire examination fee. Also, any name discrepancies will prevent admission to the exam (e.g., providing a nickname in your BACB account, identification that shows a different last name due to marriage). Effective February 1, 2017, Pearson VUE will no longer make exceptions to name discrepancies based on marriage certificates.

No cameras, tape recorders, radios, telephones, beepers or electronic transmitting devices, notes or reference materials, books, briefcases, backpacks, portfolios, purses, etc. may be taken into the testing area. Personal items may be stored in lockers available at all test centers.

Scratch paper, calculators, rulers, frequency finders, textbooks, reference materials and notes are NOT permitted in the testing area and you are not allowed to remove any exam materials from the administration room. A dry-erase board will be provided at each workstation.

Earplugs are available upon request at all testing centers. Some testing centers also provide noise-canceling headphones upon request.

No food or beverage items are permitted in the testing area.

No visitors are permitted in the testing center.

Candidates leaving the testing area to use the restroom will be fingerprinted when they leave and again before they re-enter the testing room. During breaks, candidates are prohibited from accessing cell phones, electronic devices, notes, etc., stored in lockers. Candidates are permitted to access food, drink, or medication during breaks.

Smoking areas are not provided.

No questions concerning content of the examination may be asked during the testing period. The candidate should listen carefully to the instructions given by the testing center staff and should read all directions carefully.

BACB exams are delivered via the internet; as such, internet connectivity at Pearson VUE testing centers may result in technical problems, such as slow load times or screen freezes. Occasionally, these errors require rebooting the computer. Answers and exam times (time allotted and time used) are not affected by these technical issues, even in the case of a computer restart.