Sample Examination Items

These sample examination items are made available by BPS for the purposes of familiarizing certification candidates and other stakeholders with the structure and format of BPS certification examinations. This is not meant for use as a self-assessment. Performance on any sample of these items does not correlate with performance on the actual examination.

Examples are provided from multiple examinations. The content of these examples is meant to be illustrative of actual examination items, but these items do not appear on the certification examination and are not meant to identify the scope of the examination. For a more comprehensive indication of the scope of each certification examination, please refer to the Exam Content Outline for each specialty area.

Examination items are in multiple-choice format. The great majority of examination items are multiple-choice with a single response from among four options. Some examinations may include a small percentage of items that require selection of multiple (three or four) responses from among a larger set of available (up to eight) options. Examinations items may also be supplemented by a short video (less than 10 seconds and no audio component) or image.

BPS is working on assembling a list of sample items for the remaining specialty examinations. In the meantime, we encourage you to look at the available sample items as they will provide a good indicator of the format, structure, and style of all BPS examination items.