The purpose of the Registered Behavior Technician examination is to assess knowledge of the RBT Task List at a level consistent with that of an entry-level behavior technician. The RBT examination is comprised of 75 multiple-choice questions. Each question has four possible answers. Examination content is based on the RBT Task List. In addition to the 75 graded questions, examinations typically include up to 10 ungraded pilot questions. Therefore, candidates sitting for the RBT examination will usually answer 85 questions total. Candidates are given a total of one and a half hours (90 minutes) 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
A. Measurement 10
B. Assessment 8
C. Skill Acquisition 24
D. Behavior Reduction 12
E. Documentation and Reporting 10
F. Professional Conduct and Scope of Practice 11
Total Number of Questions 75