You must arrive for your test a minimum of 30 minutes prior to your scheduled start time. Candidates who arrive later than their scheduled exam start time, for any reason, are subject to availability and may not be able to take the exam, resulting in a no-show, thereby forfeiting the exam fee. If someone else is transporting you to the testing center please be aware that persons not scheduled to take a test are not permitted to wait in the test center.
You will be given a list of test center rules and regulations and be asked to check all personal belongings in a private locker (see the "What to Wear" section above.) You must keep your ID and locker key with you at all times, and nothing else. If you need access to an item stored in your locker during a break, such as food or medicine, you must inform the test proctor before you retrieve the item. You are not allowed to access any prohibited items, such as cell phones, notes or study materials.
Prior to every entry to the testing lab, you will be scanned with a metal detector wand and asked to empty and turn your pockets inside out to confirm that you have no prohibited items. If you refuse, you cannot test. You will be continuously monitored by video, physical walk-throughs, and the observation window during your test. All testing sessions are video and audio recorded.
While you are welcome to take as many breaks as you wish while testing, the test clock will continue to run. Repeated or lengthy departures from the test room will be reported by the test center administrator.
Once seated in the testing lab the computer will have a screen asking you to verify that you are the person whose name is listed. Click "Yes" to launch the test, unless you are not the person whose name appears. Clicking "No" will end the exam.
A 15-minute tutorial describing how to take the computer-based exam precedes the test and can also be reviewed online, here. Time spent reviewing the tutorial does not affect the allotted time for the actual examination. When finished with the tutorial click "End" to launch your exam.
All questions are multiple-choice and can be marked for review and returned later. You may move forward and backward through the exam using the "Previous" and "Next" buttons. You can select a question to return to later with the "Mark" button and see a full list of questions by pressing "Review". When you are completely finished you can conclude the exam by pressing "End" from the review page. Once you have ended the exam it cannot be re-launched, so please be sure you are finished before doing so.
A brief, optional survey follows the exam after which you will receive a pass/fail notification (both on-screen and from the test administrator.)