About computer exams

Taking a Computer Exam

  • Most ABS multiple-choice exams required for certification are given in a computer-based format through Pearson VUE testing services. Please see below for what to expect.

Scheduling Your Exam

  • Once your application is approved and your exam registration form and fee processed, the ABS will mail you an exam admission authorization letter.
  • Upon receiving this letter, you will schedule your exam directly with Pearson VUE by calling 1-800-507-7744 Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT, or visiting www.vue.com/abs.
  • After you schedule with Pearson VUE, they will send you an email confirming your exam date, time and location. Pearson VUE operates more than 250 testing centers in the U.S. and Canada; see the Pearson VUE website for testing center locations.
  • Note: The ABS does not receive your exam scheduling information. You should contact Pearson VUE directly with any questions about your exam date or location.

Registering at the Exam Center

  • On the day of your exam, please arrive at least 30 minutes before the exam to allow time for registration.
  • Bring with you 2 forms of ID:
  • One ID must have your photo, name and signature
  • The second ID must have at least a name and signature, or a name and photo
  • Both IDs must be valid (unexpired) and original (no photocopies)
  • The name on your two forms of ID must match the name on your authorization letter. IDs should be issued in the country in which you are testing (military bases excepted) or an international passport.
  • Strict security measures are employed at all testing centers to ensure the integrity of the exam process. You will be photographed and have your hand scanned for identification purposes during registration and upon re-entry to the exam room.
  • Do not bring any reference materials, notes, calculators, etc., with you to the center. A calculator and a whiteboard for taking notes will be available for use during the exam.
  • You will be given a private locker in which to store your personal belongings, including your coat, wallet, watch, cell phone, pager and keys, as you cannot bring these items into the exam room. The exam room is continuously videotaped.
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the exam room. You may wish to bring refreshments to place in your locker for breaks in the event no vending machines or stores are nearby. We also suggest you dress in layers in case you find the room too cold or hot, since you may not keep your coat. You may request earplugs or headphones if you find the room too noisy; however you may not bring your own.

Taking a Computer Exam

  • ABS exams are administered in 90-minute increments or "sessions," with scheduled breaks in between to allow examinees to use the restroom, drink water, etc. The time and number of questions remaining in an exam session will be indicated on the computer screen.
  • You may revisit past questions at any time during an exam session, but they must be completed during that session. Once an exam session has concluded, you will not be able to review or change items from that session.
  • If you must take an unscheduled break while an exam session is in progress, be aware that it will be included in your exam time. Unscheduled breaks automatically trigger an incident report and possible post-exam keystroke review. Any unscheduled break of more than 15 minutes will invalidate the examination.
  • The computer exam format is nearly identical to paper exams you have taken in the past. The computer interface is easy to use, and requires no previous computer experience. Exam administrators will be on hand to assist you with any questions, and you will be able to practice at your computer before the exam begins.

Computer Exam Tutorial

  • To familiarize yourself with the computer screens you will see during the exam and the steps necessary to respond to questions and review your answers, an interactive tutorial and printed tutorial are provided below.
  • Option I - Interactive Guided Tour with Practice Exam (PC only)
    This interactive computer-based tutorial gives examinees the opportunity to learn how to navigate through the testing format. To access the tutorial, go to this page on the Pearson Vue website for instructions on how to download the tutorial to your computer.
  • Option II - Printed Summary
    If you prefer, you can learn what to expect by reviewing this printed summary (pdf).
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