EXAMINATION INFORMATION - Behavior Analyst Certification Board (2023)

When in-person testing was restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the BACB sought approval from its accrediting body to participate in an exception program that offered flexibility for RBT candidates by permitting remote testing, with the understanding that additional data collection and security measures would be required. Remote testing became available for the RBT certification program on April 15, 2020.

On March 1, 2021, in response to typical examination-security concerns associated with remote testing, the BACB will begin restricting remote testing in select geographic regions as needed. If remote testing does not appear as an option at the time of examination-appointment scheduling, it is due to these restrictions, and in-person testing will still be available. Candidates who have an existing OnVUE appointment scheduled after March 1, 2021, and who are located in restricted regions will receive an email within the first two weeks of March with guidance on how to reschedule their examination appointment at a testing center.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is remote testing being restricted?

Remote testing was approved by the NCCA late last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because this examination-delivery method is new, additional security measures, including restrictions when necessary, are needed to meet the security requirements for administration of high-stakes examinations.


Why is my area restricted?

The BACB continually monitors data from all of our examinations. When suspicious scores in any geographic region reach a particular threshold, we restrict access to remote testing in that region for an undetermined period of time to prevent lapses in examination security.


How do I know which areas are restricted?

Only the RBT candidate will be aware of the restriction at the time of scheduling their examination. Due to COVID-19, testing-center availability and remote-testing security must be constantly monitored, so restricted areas are updated regularly.


How do I know if individuals under my supervision are in a restricted area?

As an RBT Supervisor, you will need the help of the RBT candidates under your supervision to determine whether they are in a restricted area. Because restricted areas are updated regularly, the BACB is not able to provide additional information about geographic regions to supervisors or RBT candidates.

Please visit the Pearson VUE website and our BACB COVID-19 Updates web page for further details and scheduling.

BACB examinations are offered to individuals seeking BACB certification. Before taking a BACB examination, you must first apply to the BACB and provide the requested documentation showing that you have met all eligibility requirements. After receiving authorization for the examination, you may register and pay for your examination throughPearson VUE’s website.

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BACB examinations are only available at authorized Pearson VUE testing sites worldwide that meet the security requirements necessary for administration of high-stakes examinations (i.e., Pearson Professional Centers). The BACB currently has authorized the availability of testing sites in 37 countries and evaluates the addition of new sites routinely and by requests made via our contact us form.

The examinations are administered using a computer-based testing (CBT) format by Pearson VUE. Pearson VUE’s website offers:

  • a tutorial to become familiar with the CBT format
  • information about what to expect at a Pearson VUE testing center
  • examination locations and testing centers

RBT


Please refer to the Examination section of the RBT Handbook for comprehensive information about our certification examination, including preparation for the examination, policies and rules, and what to expect after passing the examination.

Rescheduling and Cancellation Fees

Rescheduling Policy:

If you must reschedule your appointment with Pearson VUE, you must do so a minimum of 48 hours prior to the scheduled examination date. To reschedule your examination, please contact Pearson VUE by visiting Pearson VUE’s BACB examination webpage and signing into your account, or contacting Pearson VUE’s customer service directly.

Cancellation Policy:

If you must cancel your appointment with Pearson VUE, you must do so a minimum of 48 hours prior to the scheduled examination date. To cancel your exam please contact Pearson VUE by visiting Pearson VUE’s BACB examination webpage and signing into your account, or contacting Pearson VUE’s customer service directly

Pearson VUE Customer Servicer

The contact informations and hours of operation for Pearson VUE can be found on the Contact Us webpage of Pearson VUE’s BACB examination webpage. For questions about BACB examinations in general, please use the Contact Us form.

Associated Fees

Fees
30 to 5 days before the examination appointment$27
5 days to 48 hours before the examination appointment$32

Note: If you are within 48 hours of your appointment, you will be unable to cancel or reschedule your appointment, and a refund will not be issued.


Historical RBT Examination Results

201720182019*2020**2021***
Number of Candidates Tested
First Time20,44522,60930,57828,79443,452
Retakes3,2083,8675,6056,63410,793
Percentage of Candidates Passing
First Time86%87%87%84%83%
Retakes49%54%52%52%53%

*Due to anomalous RBT-related activity in one geographic region, its testing data have been removed from this column. The RBT data for all regions are as follows for first-time test takers: # tested = 37,615, pass rate = 80%; and for retakes: # tested = 15,981, pass rate = 28%.
**Due to anomalous RBT-related activity in one geographic region, its testing data have been removed from this column. The RBT data for all regions are as follows for first-time test takers: # tested = 41,662, pass rate = 80%; and for retakes: # tested = 15,241, pass rate = 46%
***Due to anomalous RBT-related activity in one geographic region, its testing data have been removed from this column. The RBT data for all regions are as follows for first-time test takers: # tested = 52,309, pass rate = 79%; and for retakes: # tested = 15,266, pass rate = 46%

You will be notified of your results at the testing site as soon as you complete the examination. The BACB will confirm your results via email, and they will appear in your BACB account within approximately one week of completing the examination.

BCaBA


Please refer to the Examination section of the BCaBA Handbook for comprehensive information about our certification examination, including preparation for the examination, policies and rules, and what to expect after passing the examination.

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Rescheduling and Cancellation Fees

Any appointment canceled or rescheduled within 30 days of the examination date will be subject to a fee. Appointments canceled or rescheduled 30 or more days prior to an examination appointment will not incur a fee.

Fees
30 to 5 days before the examination appointment$59
5 days to 48 hours before the examination appointment$69

Note: If you are within 48 hours of your appointment, you will be unable to cancel or reschedule your appointment, and a refund will not be issued.


Historical BCaBA Examination Results

20172018201920202021
Number of Candidates Tested
First Time1,0121,2531,4501,0422,130
Retakes4937519896671,275
Percentage of Candidates Passing
First Time65%61%62%66%61%
Retakes35% 32%36%41%32%

BCBA

Please refer to the Examination section of the BCBA Handbook for comprehensive information about our certification examination, including preparation for the examination, policies and rules, and what to expect after passing the examination.

Rescheduling and Cancellation Fees

Any appointment canceled or rescheduled within 30 days of the examination date will be subject to a fee. Appointments canceled or rescheduled 30 or more days prior to an examination appointment will not incur a fee.

Fees
30 to 5 days before the examination appointment$59
5 days to 48 hours before the examination appointment$69

Note: If you are within 48 hours of your appointment, you will be unable to cancel or reschedule your appointment, and a refund will not be issued.


Historical BCBA Examination Results

20172018201920202021
Number of Candidates Tested
First Time4,7856,1246,8846,58312,107
Retakes3,2974,4546,3276,16611,301
Percentage of Candidates Passing
First Time65%65%63%66%60%
Retakes31% 28%27%31%28%

Method to Examination Scores

The BACB uses the modified Angoff method for establishing the passing score for each base examination form. New base examination forms are created approximately every five years or whenever there is a significant change to the examination content, such as the introduction of a new task list. The BACB maintains a large pool of questions that can be used to generate many different forms of the examination that are equated to the base examination.

The modified Angoff method is criterion referenced, meaning that the passing score for each base examination is established by a panel of BACB-certified subject matter experts and then approved by the BACB Board of Directors. Your performance on the examination is not dependent on the performance of those taking the examination with you.

The BACB is committed to reporting uncompromised and valid examination scores. On rare occasions, circumstances may invalidate examination scores. The BACB reserves the right to cancel or withhold examination scores due to suspected or documented misconduct during testing at a Pearson VUE site or violation of the BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. Invalidation may also occur due to situations beyond your control—or that of the BACB’s—at the testing site. Should this occur, you are encouraged to submit an administrative appeal.

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FAQs About Scoring

DOES EVERYONE TAKE THE SAME EXAMINATION?

The BACB maintains a large pool of questions that can be used to generate many different forms of each examination. For security reasons, the examination forms are updated on a regular basis. Furthermore, multiple forms of the examinations are in use during each testing period, and candidates are randomly assigned to these forms.


IS ONE EXAMINATION FORM EASIER THAN ANOTHER?

The BACB uses statistical data on how each question performs to evaluate the difficulty of each examination form. The examinations are carefully constructed in order to minimize variations in difficulty from one form to another. However, it is possible to have slight variations in difficulty based on the particular combination of questions that are selected for each examination form. This is taken into account when the passing scores are set, so it does not matter which examination form each candidate takes.

Every BACB examination undergoes psychometric statistical equating to assure that scores on different forms are adjusted for any difference in the levels of difficulty. Therefore, the actual number of correct answers required to pass each examination may vary depending on the form and level of difficulty of that examination. Thus, because the passing score may vary from one examination to another, the raw number of questions answered correctly is not reported.

Passing candidates only receive notice that they have passed the examination; no additional report is provided. Failing candidates are provided with reports regarding their performance. For the BCBA and BCaBA examinations, the report includes the percentage of questions answered correctly and total number of questions within each of the primary examination content areas. For RBT examinations, the report provides a list of the RBT tasks for which the candidate answered items incorrectly. This information is provided solely for the purpose of guiding future study efforts.


HOW IS THE PASSING SCORE DETERMINED?

Please see the Examination Scoring section, which describes the method used for setting passing scores.

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WHAT IS A SCALED SCORE?

Scaled scores are created when the number of questions that candidates answer correctly are mathematically transformed so that the passing score equals a certain point on a scale starting at 0 and ending at a number that equals the highest possible score. This is similar to converting inches to centimeters. For example, a 10-inch ribbon will be 25.4 centimeters long. The length of the ribbon has not changed—only the units of measurement that were used to describe it.


WHY SCALE THE SCORES?

The use of scaled scores allows us to directly compare scores from one examination form to another because the passing standard will always be the same. In the long run, this process will make the scoring of the examination easier to understand for all concerned.


WHY DOESN'T THE SCALE SHOW THE NUMBER OF QUESTIONS ON EACH EXAMINATION?

The scales used on the BCBA, BCaBA, and RBT examinations are similar to scales used by other large testing programs, such as the SAT, ACT, or GRE. The scales have more points than there are questions on the examination.


DOES SCALING THE SCORES AFFECT WHO PASSES OR FAILS THE EXAMINATION?

The use of scaled scores does not affect whether an individual candidate passes or fails the examination. The pass/fail decision is always made by comparing the number of questions answered correctly to the passing score that was established using the criterion-referenced process. The passing score is then mathematically transformed to a scaled score for each examination form. All candidates who correctly answer more items than are required to pass the examination form that they took will obtain scaled scores that are between the scaled passing score and the top of the scale . Candidates who did not answer enough items to pass will obtain scaled scores between 0 and just under the scaled passing score. Scaled scores will be detailed on individual score reports. Scaling does not affect the rank ordering of candidates. A candidate who answers more questions correctly than another candidate taking the same examination form will always obtain a higher scaled score.


CAN I FIND OUT HOW MANY QUESTIONS I ANSWERED CORRECTLY?

Unfortunately, no. The BACB will not report the number of questions answered correctly or the overall percentage of questions answered correctly. However, failing candidates will be provided with examination reports as described above. This information is provided to assist failing candidates with targeting areas for further study. Visit the RBT, BCaBA, and BCBA sample score reports for examples.


SHOULD I ONLY STUDY THE AREAS OR TASKS ON WHICH I PERFORMED POORLY?

Information on your performance is provided to assist you in identifying areas for additional study. However, you should use caution when interpreting this information. The number of items asked about each task is relatively small and therefore may not be predictive of your understanding of the task. When you prepare to take the examination again, you should study all of the content. If you study only the areas for which you answered items incorrectly, you might perform better on those areas but worse on others.

To request examination accommodations:

  • Complete aBACB Examination Accommodation Request Form and combine it with your required documentation into a single PDF.
  • Submit the PDF file online through theSubmit Accommodations Documentation form using the Accommodations Requests or the Accommodations Questions categories.

After the BACB receives your request and supporting documentation, it will conduct a review of the requested accommodation. This review is typically completed within 10–14 days. If the BACB requests additional documentation, however, the review of your request may take longer.

The BACB is dedicated to complying with all accommodation requirements, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended. While the BACB does not offeran official accommodations handbook or guide, we encourage you to refer to the following sources for examples of appropriate supporting documentation for your request:

ADA Revised Title III Regulations
United States Medical Licensing Exam Guidelines for Test Accommodations
ADA National Network Guidelines

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General Examination Information

  • Examination Rules
  • Proper Examination Identification
  • How to Cancel a BACB Examination Appointment

Examination Content and Structure

  • BCaBA Task List (5th ed.)
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  • RBT Task List (2nd ed.)

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How many questions can you miss on the BCBA exam? ›

How many questions do you need to pass the BCBA exam? To pass the BCBA exam, you must get at least 114 out of 150 questions correct, which is a 76% score.

How many board certified behavior analysts are there in the US? ›

In 1999, there were 28 BCBAs; by July 2021, active BCBAs in the U.S. totaled 45,103.

Can you use a calculator on the BCBA exam? ›

There is a timer on the screen that tells you how much time you have remaining. There is also a calculator that you can use if necessary. The exam consists of 185 multiple-choice questions that must be taken within 4 hours (240 minutes).

Is BCBA exam difficult? ›

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What is the BCBA exam pass rate? ›

2019 Annual Data Report
Testing-Related DataBCBA
Total13,211
Percentage of Candidates Passing
First Time63%
Retakes27%
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ABA and BCBA professionals do not only work with autistic patients. They also may work with people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to this article, since behavior analysis can be useful for multiple issues.

Is there a shortage of Bcba? ›

Steve Woolf, President of Butterfly Effects, which provides therapy services to children affected by ASD and is one of the largest ABA providers in the country, there is a nationwide shortage of Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Currently, there are just under 30,000 BCBAs in the United States. Dr.

Is there a demand for Bcba? ›

All 50 states have experienced an increased demand for BCBAs over the last few years. Whether you are a BCBA or an assistant behavior analyst, the BCBA job market has plenty of opportunities for you.

What happens if you fail the BCBA exam 8 times? ›

The bottom line is, if you use all of your eight exam attempts before the end of your two-year authorization period, you'll have to wait for that period to end before you can reapply for that certification.

How many questions are on the BCBA 2022? ›

The BCBA exam is made up of 150 multiple choice questions administered in computer-based testing (CBT) format. You have four hours to complete the exam.

How many hours do you need to sit for the BCBA exam? ›

Apply for, Take, and Pass the BCBA Exam.

The exam tests the knowledge you've gained and skills to become a BCBA, such as basic behavior analytic skills, experimental design, and behavior-change procedures, and consists of 160 questions. Candidates have four hours to complete it.

Is becoming a BCBA worth it? ›

Many would be wondering and questioning,” Is BCBA a good career?” The answer is yes, of course. The title might require time and labor but, in long term can be quite rewarding and introduce you to some of the best experiences ever.

What is the passing score for RBT exam? ›

To pass the RBT competency assessment, you must score at least an 80% on the exam. That means you can miss no more than four questions.

How much do Bcba make in California? ›

While ZipRecruiter is seeing salaries as high as $105,700 and as low as $34,737, the majority of BCBA salaries currently range between $64,512 (25th percentile) to $79,399 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $103,219 annually in California.

How many people pass the BCBA exam first try? ›

Are you planning to take the BCBA exam? If so, you're probably feeling a bit anxious, but don't worry - you're not alone! The BCBA exam is tough as we know, according to 2021 stats from the BACB 60% of first time test-takers pass and only 28% of retest-takers pass.

Can you make a lot of money as a BCBA? ›

Once you have earned the appropriate degree in psychology or related field and have earned the BCBA credential, you can earn a good salary in this growing field. Payscale.com reports the average salary for a BCBA is $61,000.

Do behavior analysts work in hospitals? ›

Behavior analysts job may be in a hospital or similar facility. For example, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital employs analysts who assist families with challenged youths dealing with developmental problems, ADD/ADHD, conduct disorders, and similar conditions.

What if you fail the BCBA exam 8 times? ›

The bottom line is, if you use all of your eight exam attempts before the end of your two-year authorization period, you'll have to wait for that period to end before you can reapply for that certification.

How many questions are on the BCBA 2022? ›

The BCBA exam is made up of 150 multiple choice questions administered in computer-based testing (CBT) format. You have four hours to complete the exam.

How many times can you fail the BCBA exam? ›

What if I fail the exam? Following your initial examination approval, you have two years to repeat the exam for a total of eight tries. Each time you repeat the test, you must pay a $140 retake application cost and a $125 examination appointment fee.

How long do BCBA exam results take? ›

Percentage of Candidates Passing

The BACB will confirm your results via email, and they will appear in your BACB account within approximately one week of completing the examination.

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