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Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education

Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis

BCBA Examination

BACB examinations are only offered to individuals who are seeking BACB credentials or continuing education, and for no other purpose. Before taking a BACB examination, all applicants must first apply to the BACB and document that all eligibility requirements have been met. The Board Certified Behavior Analyst examination is comprised of 150 multiple-choice questions. Each question has four possible answers. Examination content is based on the Fourth Edition Task List. To view a chart outlining the number of questions per content area, click here. In addition to the 150 graded questions, examinations typically include up to 10 ungraded pilot questions. Therefore, candidates sitting for the BCBA examination will usually answer 160 questions total.

Candidates are given 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, Minn. 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 examination standards and are based on the results of a formal Job Analysis and survey. The BACB follows nationally accepted standards for test development. For the most up-to-date information, we direct you to their website: www.bacb.com.

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We recommend extensive preparation for the BCBA exam. Methods of preparation will be discussed in your courses, as well as in your practicum site. In addition, we recommend students take initiative in planning and executing a plan for exam preparation. The following websites provide information about professional exam preparation agencies that may be helpful for students:

Behavior Development Solutions

  • BDS offers their CBA Learning Module Series, which will help you gain fluency in answering questions similar to those found on the BCBA exam.

BACB Exam Prep Events

  • The BACB tracks several live and online preparation events, including mock exams with opportunities for feedback.