Frequently Asked Questions for Continuous Testing

Last Updated 07/05/2022

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About Continuous Testing

What is continuous testing?

Continuous testing is the opportunity for a candidate to register throughout the year and take a certification or recertification examination at any point in the year. This differs from BPS’s current certification and recertification examination structure, in which exams are offered in two windows per year.

Which specialties are launching continuous testing?

Candidates can schedule a testing session in the following four specialties moving to the continuous testing model on or after:

  • BCCP – Monday, April 3, 2023
  • BCNP – Monday, April 3, 2023
  • BCPP- Monday, April 3, 2023
  • BCOP – Monday, August 28, 2023

 

2023April/MayAugust/September
BCACPWindowWindow
BCCCPWindowWindow
BCCPContinuous Starts
BCEMPWindowWindow
BCGPWindowWindow
BCIDPWindowWindow
BCNPContinuous Starts
BCNSPWindowWindow
BCOPWindowContinuous Starts
BCPPContinuous Starts
BCPPSWindowWindow
BCPSWindowWindow
BCSCPWindowWindow
BCTXPWindowWindow

What is the timeline for other specialties to move to continuous testing?

The timeline for other examination programs will be announced at least six months before the shift to continuous testing. BPS aims to transition two to four specialties per year from windowed administration to continuous administration. New specialties will begin with windows-based testing and will move to a continuous testing model. While this transition takes place, all examinations will be available each year.

Continuous Testing Exam Registration

When can a candidate register for a continuously available exam?

A candidate can register for a continuously offered examination 2-3 months prior to the launch of that examination.  

For the examinations moving to continuous testing in 2023, registration will open alongside registration for specialties with windowed exams and will remain open throughout the year. 

Can a candidate who is registered for a given administration window opt to defer and be rescheduled continuous offering?

Yes, a candidate can request to reschedule from the window-based test to the continuous test format. To do so, please reach out through the contact us page on the BPS website.

Continuous Testing Exam Format and Administration

How many items will be on continuously offered examinations?

There are 150 items on certification examinations for specialties in the continuous testing model. This differs from the 175-item certification examinations in specialties within the windowed-testing format. Recertification examinations will remain at 100 items regardless of whether the specialty is in the continuous testing or windows-based testing format.

How much time will be allotted for the 150 item initial certification examinations?

The administration time allotted for the 150-item initial certification examinations will be 3 hours and 45 minutes. There is no change in administration time for recertification examinations.

Is moving from 175 examination items to 150 making the test “easier” or less rigorous? Why is this change being made?

This will not lessen the rigor of the examination. BPS examinations maintain a high standard with a more focused set of examination items. Statistical analysis has determined that BPS can achieve adequate content coverage and reliability of exam scores with this small decrease in the number of examination items. The shorter examination will also create scheduling flexibility for candidates.

Can candidates take continuously available exams via live remote proctoring (LRP)?

Yes. However, candidates outside of the U.S., Canada, or Australia are not eligible for LRP at this time.

Score Reporting

When can a candidate expect to receive their score report?

A candidate can expect to receive a score report within 45 calendar days after their testing session.

When will the certification become active?

Upon achieving a passing score on the certification examination, the certification becomes active the first day of the following month.

When will a successful candidate receive a physical copy of their certificate?

Physical certificates are mailed out twice a year. 

When will a successful candidate receive a BPS digital badge?

Digital badges are issued one week after score reports are distributed.

Recertification

When is the recertification application submission deadline for certificants?

The recertification cycle length remains unchanged at 7 years for all specialties. All recertification criteria must be met 7 years from the date of initial certification. Certificants must either achieve a passing score on a recertification examination or complete the required amount of BPS-approved continuing education before the end of their recertification year.

When will BPS require a certificants examination score to count for recertification by examination?

Certificants who choose to recertify by examination must achieve a passing score by the recertification deadline in their recertification year.