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PEGAPCSSA87V1 Certified Pega Senior System Architect (PCSSA) 87V1

Exam Specification:

- test Name: Certified Pega Senior System Architect (PCSSA) 87V1
- test Code: PEGAPCSSA87V1
- test Duration: 90 minutes
- test Format: Multiple-choice questions

Course Outline:

1. Pega Platform Overview
- Introduction to Pega Platform and its capabilities
- Understanding Pega application development principles

2. Case Design and Implementation
- Designing and implementing case types and stages
- Configuring case processes and flows

3. Data Model Design and Implementation
- Defining data model structures and properties
- Implementing data pages and data transforms

4. User Interface Design and Implementation
- Creating responsive and intuitive user interfaces
- Configuring UI rules, sections, and harnesses

5. Integration and Data Management
- Integrating external systems and services with Pega applications
- Implementing data management strategies and rules

6. Application Security
- Configuring application security measures and access controls
- Implementing authentication and authorization mechanisms

7. Automated Testing and Deployment
- Creating and executing automated test cases
- Managing application deployment and version control

Exam Objectives:

1. Understand the key features and capabilities of the Pega Platform.
2. Design and implement case types, stages, and processes.
3. Develop and manage data models and properties within Pega applications.
4. Create intuitive and responsive user interfaces using UI rules and components.
5. Integrate external systems and services with Pega applications.
6. Implement application security measures and access controls.
7. Perform automated testing and manage application deployment.

Exam Syllabus:

The test syllabus covers the following syllabus (but is not limited to):

- Pega Platform overview and application development principles
- Case design and implementation
- Data model design and implementation
- User interface design and implementation
- Integration and data management
- Application security and access controls
- Automated testing and deployment

Certified Pega Senior System Architect (PCSSA) 87V1
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The following questions are representative of the types of questions you will find on the CRCM (Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager) exam.

1.  A borrower has a right to rescind a loan agreement in all of the following situations except:

a. A line of credit used for the borrower's business, secured by the borrower's primary  dwelling
b. A revolving line of credit secured by the borrower's primary dwelling used to Boost the borrower's home
c. An increase of a line of credit from $5,000 to $10,000 secured by the borrower's primary dwelling
d. A loan to pay off a contract for a deed secured by the borrower's primary dwelling

2.  When opening a deposit account online, Regulation E disclosures MUST be provided at the time of account opening or: 

a. Before the first EFT occurs 
b. Along with the first periodic statement 
c. Within three business days of account opening 
d. Within three business days of a customer's request for the EFT service

3.  The primary responsibility for overseeing a bank’s inherent compliance risk should lie with which of the following?

a. Internal audit
b. Consumers
c. Board of Directors
d. Compliance officer

4.   A branch manager finds an unexplained $7,000 cash shortage in Teller #1's cash drawer. Which of the following actions must the bank take?

a. File a Currency Transaction Report (CTR) with the IRS
b. Discharge Teller #1 immediately
c. Send a notice of adverse action to the bank's federal regulator
d. File a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR)

5.  A compliance professional recently discovered the bank did not file and disclose an accurate covered agreement, as required by the CRA Sunshine Act. In order to ensure correct reporting in the future, what must be provided? 

a. All individual mortgage loans 
b. Grants or loans to fulfill CRA activity 
c. Non-public or confidential information that will be provided in the public file 
d. A copy of the agreement to the regulatory agency 24 months after the end of the term


Answer Key

1. a
2. a
3. c
4. d
5. b

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Killexams : Certification Testing

Taking an test is the final step to earning an ISA certification. Upon paying the test fee, the application process is complete, and you have acknowledged that you meet the requirements listed below in numbers 1–3.

  1. Commit to the ISA Code of Conduct.
  2. Meet the education and work experience requirements for the specific certification for which you are applying.
  3. Acknowledge that you are subject to a random application verification audit.
  4. Agree to provide the supporting documents proving your qualifications if you are audited.
  5. Pay the test fee. (See “Exam Fee” section below for more information.)

Next Steps

  1. Watch for an email from coming from our testing provider, Meazure Learning (candidatesupport@meazurelearning.com). Expect to receive it fifteen days before your test window. The email will include information about how to schedule your test online or at a test center. NOTE: If you have attended a CCST review course and wish to apply for CCST certification, you must also meet the requirements listed above in numbers 1–3. Since the application fee is included in the cost of all CCST review courses, you will receive an test invitation within three business days after completing the review course.
  2. Schedule and take your exam. You will be notified whether you pass or not immediately upon completing the exam.
  3. Watch for an email summarizing your test results. If you pass your exam, you will also receive your digital badge and you will be listed in the ISA Credential Directory.
  4. Watch for an email from certification@isa.org regarding an audit. You will only receive this email if you have been randomly selected to be audited. If you do not receive this email, you do not need to do anything. Audits are conducted three times per year, so it may take several months after completing your test to receive an email if you have been selected for an audit.

Certification Exams Available

All ISA certification exams are closed book and have multiple choice questions. The CCST Specialist—Level 2 certification test is three hours long and all other certification exams are four hours long. See the information below for the number of questions in each exam.

Exam Questions
Certified Automation Professional® (CAP ®) 175
Certified Control System Technician® (CCST®) Level 1 150
Certified Control System Technician (CCST) Specialist—Level 2 125
Certified Control System Technician (CCST) Master—Level 3 150

Exam Fees 

Submit payment to apply for the chosen certification when you can confirm that you meet the certification requirements to sit for the test and can test within the deadline of the test window of your choosing. You will be notified by email with the next steps to schedule your exam.

CAP 

  • CAP Requirements
  • CAP Application Fee
    • 347 USD — ISA Members
    • 467 USD — Non-members 

CCST 

Apply for CCST Certification for Free

Register for one of the CCST review courses and apply for certification for no additional fee. The following courses qualify: Level I Review Course (TS00)Level II Review Course (TS02) or Level III Review Course (TS03). You will automatically receive an test invitation once you start the course. By paying for the review course, you are confirming that you are aware of, have met and can document the requirements for the certification level for which you are applying.

Payment Methods

ISA accepts payment for test fees by check, certified check, money order, PayPal payment, wire transfer in US Dollars, or credit card. Make checks payable to ISA. For wire transfer account information, please contact ISA Customer Service. The following credit cards are accepted: AMEX, Discover card, Master Card, and VISA. Purchase orders are not accepted.

Fees are nonrefundable. It is your responsibility as the applicant to thoroughly review the requirements of the certification for which you are applying. No refunds will be made for applicants who do not appear for testing on the appropriate test date. There are no group discounts for certification application fees.

Exam Scheduling

After you pay your test fee to complete the application process, you will receive an test invitation (Notice to Schedule Exam) email from candidatesupport@meazurelearning.com 15 days before the beginning of your assigned test window with steps to schedule the exam. Follow the instructions in the email to schedule your exam—online or at a test center—through the online test scheduling system. You can get more information about your test window deadline by accessing the “My Credentials” tab in your ISA account.

If you have not received your test invitation within that time frame, please check your spam or junk folder for an email from candidatesupport@meazurelearning.com, as some server firewalls may block the receipt of the email. If you still are unable to find your test invitation, please email certifications@isa.org for assistance.

See further related details on the Exam Procedures page.

Exam Windows

If you are applying for CAP or CCST certification, you have a twelve-month test window. You may take the test at a Exam Center or online during one of three test windows (see chart below). Each test window will have a deadline for applications to be submitted. Eligible candidates will only be able to take the test during the following exam windows.

Exam Window Application Submission Deadline
2023 Window 3: 
1 November 2023 – 31 October 2024
15 September 2023
2024 Window 1:
1 March 2024 – 28 February 2025
15 January 2024
2024 Window 2:
1 July 2025 – 30 June 2025
15 May 2024
2024 Window 3:
1 November 2025 – 31 October 2025
15 September 2024


Review Course Testing: If you have attended a review course (paid for by you or sponsored by a company), you will receive your test invitation near the end of your review course and have a twelve (12) month test eligibility period based on the date of your review course.

Digital Badging

After passing the CAP or CCST certification exam, you will earn a digital badge. To access, manage, and/or share your secure digital badge, use your email address and password to enter your BadgeCert portfolio. If it is the first time accessing your portfolio, click “Request new password?” on their login page to create your password. More information about using your digital badge can be found here.

Grievances Appeal Process

If you feel you were wrongly denied certification, either original or renewal, from the CAP or CCST programs, then you have the right to appeal. Review the Grievances Appeal Process.

 

Special Test Accommodations

Candidates who request special test accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (or a similar international standard) must submit their test scheduling requests at least 30 days prior to their preferred test dates. Note that some special test accommodations may not be available for online testing.

If you have a request, email certifications@isa.org.


Contact Meazure Learning

You can contact Meazure Learning by phone at +1 919-572-6880 or email candidatesupport@meazurelearning.com.

Meazure Learning's business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, excluding holidays. Voice mail will accept candidate inquiries outside of these business hours.

Note: Meazure Learning, Scantron, and ProctorU are all one-and-the-same organization.

Important update: Scantron is changing to Meazure Learning. The names Scantron, Examity, and ProctorU may be continue to be used in communications from Meazure Learning during the transition period.

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Killexams : Certification Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I apply for a certification?

There is no application form to fill out for CAP or CCST certification. Complete the following steps:
  1. Commit to the ISA Code of Conduct.
  2. Meet the education and work experience requirements for the specific certification for which you are applying.
  3. Acknowledge that you are subject to a random application verification audit.
  4. Agree to provide the supporting documents proving your qualifications if you are audited.
  5. Pay the test fee.

Upon paying the test fee, the application process is complete, and you have acknowledged that you meet the requirements listed above in numbers 1–3.

Your next steps are outlined as follows: Further details can be found at the links below:

2. What are the fees for certification?

CCST test Fees

Exam Member Price Non-Member Price
Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) 373 USD 467 USD
Certified Control System Technician® (CCST®) Level 1 331 USD 415 USD
Certified Control System Technician (CCST) Specialist—Level 2 315 USD 397 USD
Certified Control System Technician (CCST) Master—Level 3 331 USD 415 USD
 

If you have paid for or your company has arranged for you to take a CCST review course, the application fee is included in the course price. View list of available CCST review courses here.

ISA accepts payment via check, certified check, money order, PayPal payment, wire transfer in US Dollars, or credit card. Purchase orders are not accepted. All application fees are non-refundable.

3. How long is the exam, and how many questions are there?

All ISA certification exams are closed book and have multiple-choice questions.  The CCST Specialist – Level 2 certification test is three hours long, and all other certification exams are four hours long. Please see the information below for the number of questions in each exam.

Exam Questions
Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) 175
Certified Control System Technician® (CCST®) Level 1 150
Certified Control System Technician (CCST) Specialist—Level 2 125
Certified Control System Technician (CCST) Master—Level 3 150
 
 

4. Where is my certification test invitation?

You will receive your test invitation (Notice to Schedule Exam) email 15 days before your assigned test window begins. View the application deadlines below.

Exam Window Application Submission Deadline
2023 Window 3: 
1 November 2023 – 31 October 2024
15 September 2023
2024 Window 1:
1 March 2024 – 28 February 2025
15 January 2024
2024 Window 2:
1 July 2024 – 30 June 2025
15 May 2024
2024 Window 3:
1 November 2024 – 31 October 2025
15 September 2024
 

If you have attended any CCST review course, you will not be placed into an test window. You will receive your test invitation near the end of your review course and have a 12-month test window in which to take the exam.

If you have not received your test invitation within the allotted time frame, please check your spam or junk folder for an email from candidatesupport@meazurelearning.com. If you still need help locating your test invitation, please email certifications@isa.org for assistance. In certain instances, you may need to provide an alternate email address, as some server firewalls may block the receipt of the test invitation email.
 

6. How do I schedule my certification exam?

You will use the information in the test invitation from candidatesupport@meazurelearning.com to schedule and take your test with Meazure Learning (formerly Scantron) at a testing center or online.
 
You have a 12-month test window in which you can test and, if necessary, retest to pass your certification exam. Your start date is based on the date you complete your certification course.
 
Please contact Meazure Learning’s customer support for all test assistance (e.g., scheduling, missing confirmation, taking the exam, missing results, etc.) by emailing candidatesupport@meazurelearning.com or calling +1 919-572-6880.
 
Further related details can be found on the exam procedures page:
  • Verifying Computer Set-Up for Online Exams (see #1)
  • Items to Bring for In-Person Exams (see #2)
  • Exam Scheduling (see #3)

8. What happens after I take a certification exam?

You will see your test results on the screen at the completion of the exam. You will also receive your test results immediately via email from Meazure Learning (candidatesupport@meazurelearning.com). If you have not received your test results within 24 hours, please contact Meazure Learning (formerly Scantron) by emailing candidatesupport@meazurelearning.com or calling +1 919-572-6880.
 
ISA does not provide a passing score; you are only notified whether you passed the test or not. If you do not pass, you will receive a breakdown of your score by domain to help you prepare for the retest.
 
Further related details can be found on the exam procedures page:
  • Not Passing an test (see #7)
  • Exam Design and Results (see #9)
If you pass the exam, you will receive a digital badge from isa_badges@isa.org within one business day after passing the exam. If you have not received your digital badge within this time frame, please check your spam or junk folder for an email from isa_badges@isa.org. If you still need help locating your digital badge, please email certifications@isa.org for assistance. In certain instances, you may need to provide an alternate email address, as some server firewalls may block the receipt of the digital badge email.
 

9. How do I request a retest for a certification exam?

If you arrived more than 15 minutes late, missed your scheduled exam, or did not pass your exam, you may request a retest as many times as needed within your 12-month test window. Please note that each time you retest, you must pay a fee to ISA. Please email all retest requests to certifications@isa.org.
 
The retest fee for both of the CCST and CAP certification programs is 164 USD for ISA members and 205 USD for non-members.
 
Further related details can be found on the exam procedures page:
  • Scheduling a Retest or Missed test (see #6)
  • No-Shows and Late Arrivals (see #8)
 
 

10. How do I renew my certification?

ISA’s recertification process requires no forms or supporting documents. By paying your recertification fee, you self-certify that you:
  • Agree to commit to the ISA Code of Conduct
  • Have accumulated the minimum number of Development Points (PDPs) over the last three (3) years, as related to your certification
  • Acknowledge that you are subject to a random verification audit
  • Agree to provide the supporting documentation that proves that you have met the required number of PDPs.

Please log into your ISA account, then access the “My Credentials” tab to view your credential status and/or pay your recertification fee. If you have issues logging into your ISA account or completing your payment process, please contact one of our customer service representatives at info@isa.org or +1 919-549-8411 for assistance. For additional information, visit the Recertification page.

Recertification Fees   Member Price Non-Member Price
Certified Automation Professional® (CAP ®) By PDPs (no exam) 270 USD 340 USD
By Exam 336 USD 420 USD
Certified Control System Technician® (CCST)
(all levels)
By PDPs (no exam) 210 USD 265 USD
By Exam 300 USD 375 USD

12. How do I access my digital badge?

You will receive your digital badge via email after passing an test or renewing a certification or certificate. If you did not receive it, please look in your spam and junk folders for an email from isa_badges@isa.org. If you still need help locating your digital badge, please email certifications@isa.org for assistance.

To access, manage, and/or share your secure digital badge, use your email address and password to enter your BadgeCert portfolio.

If it is your first time accessing your portfolio or you have forgotten your password, click “Request new password?” on their login page to create your password. More information about using your digital badge can be found here.

Please email certifications@isa.org for assistance if you have not received your digital badge within:

  • One business day after passing your exam
  • Five business days after paying your renewal fee

13. Additional Questions

If you cannot find an answer to your questions on this page, please reach out to the certification team by emailing certifications@isa.org. Our business hours are Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Please allow one business day for us to respond to inquiries. Note, response times may be slightly delayed during periods of high-volume inquiries. In case of ISA-observed holidays, please be assured that a team member will reach out to assist you within one business day after normal business operations resume.
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Killexams : Certification Exams FAQs

Month-long testing windows offer candidates the ability to take the test on the day and time that is most convenient during a 30-day period.

1. Where are the test sites located?

Test Sites are located across the United States. At the time of scheduling the exam, candidates can select a site based on their zip code.

2. What are the typical hours of operation for a test site?

The normal hours of operation at Test Sites are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but times can vary. When registering, confirm the hours with the site you wish to select. 

3. What do candidates need to bring to the test site?

Candidates are required to bring one (1) form of valid (non-expired), government issued, photo ID to the test site. Additionally, candidates must bring a copy of their Confirmation Notice which is emailed to them at the time of registration.

4. What is the test site change or cancellation policy?

If you wish to reschedule or cancel a testing appointment within the same test window, you must contact Meazure Learning (formerly Scantron) at least 2 business days before the scheduled appointment. Canceling or rescheduling a testing appointment more than 2 business days in advance is subject to a $50 fee. Canceling or rescheduling less than 2 business days in advance of an appointment is not permitted. 

5. In addition to the $50 test site fee, what are the ABA fees that will apply if candidates wish to move to another test window?

Please review the procedures and fee schedule on the Certification test Change Policy page. All change and cancellation requests must be made by submitting the Exam Window Change/Cancellation Form.

ABA will consider waiving fees in case of a medical emergency. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

6. Can I take the certification test on my computer at home or at work?

Yes. ABA offers candidates the option of testing at home or another location via live remote proctoring (LRP). Candidates can select the LRP option at the time of scheduling their test date, usually 30 days before the start of the test window. Visit the Test Taker Resource Center for more detailed information. You can also review What to Expect for a demonstration of the test process.

7. How much time do I get to complete the exam?

Based on the certification, the test time is either 3 hours or 4 hours:

3-Hour test (150 questions) - CAFP, CFMP, CISP
4-Hour test (200 questions) - CERP, CRCM, CTFA

8. During the exam, can I skip questions and return to them later?

Yes. Questions can be marked and returned to at a later point in the exam, if time permits. Be sure to answer all questions, as only answered questions are scored. To help you navigate the test, please click on one of the links below to preview the test system prior to your test date:

Sample Test

9. Can I review or change my answers?

Yes. Questions can be marked for review and answers changed, if time permits.

10. Are individuals with disabilities accommodated?

Yes. All testing centers are fully accessible and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In addition, accommodations can be made for LRP test candidates. You must submit your request for reasonable accommodations, along with supporting documentation with your test application.

11. How are exams scored?

The test is scored on a "Pass/Fail" system using a predetermined cut off score based on advisory board analysis of the degree of difficulty for each question. Exams are scored based on your personal performance and are not graded on a curve.

All ABA Professional Certification exams use scaled scoring. Scaled scores are recommended by the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing. Many testing programs, including the ACT® and SAT®, use scaled scores.

Exam scores are based on the total number of items answered correctly. The total number of items correct is then converted to a scaled score for reporting purposes. Scaled scores are a mathematical conversion of the number of items that a candidate correctly answers so that there is a consistent scale used across all versions of a test.

All ABA Professional Certification exams are scored on a scale ranging from 200 to 800, with the passing score set at 500.

Each test contains a small number of randomly embedded questions that are included for statistical research purposes. These questions do not count against candidate scores. This form of piloting questions before they are scored is part of ABA's efforts in continuous quality improvement.

Score results are confidential. You must sign an Exam Score Release Form if you want to authorize a third party to receive your score results.

12. How long will it take to receive test results?

An instant pass/fail outcome is provided for most computer-based exams at the testing sites. Official score results are delivered via email within 6 weeks after the close of the test window.

On occasion, ABA holds scores to conduct statistical analysis. This means that for some exams, instant outcomes will NOT be provided at the test sites and all outcomes and score results will be emailed within 6 weeks after the close of the test window.

13. What is the test fee? 

All test fees are listed on each certification's webpage.

14. How and when do I select my test date, time, and location?

  • When purchasing the test and completing the online application process, you will select your 30 day testing window during which you wish to take the exam.
  • Once your test application is approved by ABA Professional Certifications, you will receive registration information via email from Meazure Learning (formerly Scantron) approximately 30 days prior to the start of the test window.
  • Please add [email protected] to your safe sender list to ensure you receive the email.
  • The email will contain your unique log-in ID and password that you will use to register at your preferred test site on the day and time of your choosing. You will also have the option to schedule the date and time for an LRP test at this time.
  • Please contact ABA if you do not receive an email from Meazure Learning (formerly Scantron)  at least 15 days before the start of your test window.

15. What is your test retake policy?

  • You must wait a minimum of 90 days before you are allowed to retake an test on the next scheduled test date.
  • There is no limit to the number of times you can take the exam.
  • You must pass the test within a 3 year period from the date of your first test attempt or a new application and full fee is required.
  • For more information, please refer to the test Application page for the certification that you are seeking.
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Killexams : CAPM vs PMP Certification: Which is Right for You?

Managers gathered in conference roomProject management is one of the fastest-growing professions, with an estimated 25 million jobs expected to be created around the world by 2030. To fill these roles, businesses across industries are seeking new project managers with the qualifications and expertise necessary to make a positive impact in their organizations.
The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® and Project Management Professional (PMP)® are both specialized credentials offered through the Project Management Institute (PMI)® that Boost credibility and offer professionals opportunities to increase their skills, lead larger projects and advance their careers.

In order to choose the certification that best aligns with your intended career goals, it is critical to understand the differences between CAPM and PMP certification. These differences include prerequisites, cost, level of difficulty and industry-wide perception of the credentials.

Because those planning to earn CAPM certification are not required to have project management experience or a four-year degree, the CAPM is ideal for latest community college graduates or current undergraduates who want to bolster their resume with a credential that demonstrates a commitment to a career in project management.

While the CAPM is ideal for people beginning their careers, there are some additional prerequisites, including that candidates must complete 23 contact hours before taking the exam. Contact hours are hours spent in project management education or training. These hours can be completed on site or online, enabling candidates to fulfill this requirement without putting their professional, educational or personal obligations on hold. Some universities may also offer project management education at this level as a part of a degree program.

  • A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate degree or the global equivalent)
  • 60 months of experience leading and directing projects within the past eight years
  • 35 hours of project management education/training or CAPM certification

  • OR

    • A four-year degree
    • 36 months of leading and directing projects within the past eight years
    • 35 hours of project management education/training or CAPM certification
    • While the PMP certification does not require a bachelor’s degree, job candidates who hold a four-year degree have a significant advantage. PMP candidates with a secondary degree must have 60 months of experience in leading and directing projects to qualify, while those with a four-year degree are only required to have 36 months of experience.
    • In addition, the PMP certification requires 35 hours of project management education, compared to the CAPM’s 23-hour minimum requirement. Purdue’s flexible online Project Management Essentials course fulfills the hourly requirement of both certifications.

    CAPM vs. PMP Certification test Cost

    Professionals who pursue project management certification are making a valuable, long-term investment in their careers. Part of that investment does include test fees.

    The PMI requires a fee for both exams, with the cost of the CAPM test at $225 for PMI members and $300 for non-members. The cost of the PMP test is $405 for PMI members and $575 for non-members. See the table below for a quick comparison.

    PMI members Non-members
    CAPM test cost $225 $300
    PMP test cost $405 $575

    A one-year membership to the PMI is $139 and comes with many tools and templates for your professional use, including a downloadable copy of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

    Many companies offer professional development benefits that may cover employee education and professional credentialing costs. According to a 2022 survey by the Society for Human Resources, 78% of employers cover opportunities for professional skill development.


    How Difficult Are the CAPM and PMP Certification Exams?

    Because the CAPM is geared toward entry-level project managers or those who are considering a project management career, the CAPM test is widely considered to be less rigorous than the PMP exam.

    The CAPM test questions are derived from the PMBOK® Guide, PMI’s global standards for project management, as well as other sources, which are listed (with the relevant chapters) in the CAPM test reference list.

    The PMP certification exam, on the other hand, is appropriate for individuals of varying experience levels — from those early in their career to established professionals with more significant project management experience — and is therefore more challenging to achieve.

    Like the CAPM, the PMP test also covers the PMBOK® Guide, but it also includes questions designed to test whether the candidate knows how to handle real-world project management scenarios.

    To pass the PMP Exam, PMI not only recommends studying the PMBOK® Guide, the PMP Examination Content Outline and the PMP handbook, but also enrolling in a formal course of study offered by a PMI Authorized Training Partner (ATP), such as Purdue University.

    CAPM test Details

    The CAPM test consists of 150 questions that call for multiple-choice, hot spot and drag-and-drop responses, in addition to animations and comic strips. The test questions cover four domains to integrate different project delivery approaches, with a specific proportion of questions in each.

    CAPM Domain Proportion of test Questions
    Project Management Fundamentals and Core Concepts 36%
    Predictive, Plan-Based Methodologies 17%
    Agile Frameworks/Methodologies 20%
    Business Analysis Frameworks 27%

    Candidates have three hours to complete the test, with a 10-minute break in the middle.

    PMP test Details

    The PMP test consists of 180 questions that fall under three domains in predetermined proportions. About half of the questions represent predictive project management approaches, while the other half represent agile or hybrid approaches. Questions regarding these different approaches are spread throughout the domains.

    PMP Domain Proportion of test Questions
    People: includes managing conflict; building and leading a team; supporting team members and stakeholders; and collaboration 42%
    Process: includes communication, risk management, scope and schedule planning/management and project methodology selection 50%
    Business Environment: includes managing project compliance, assessing project value and integrating organizational change 8%

    Candidates have 230 minutes to complete the exam, with two 10-minute breaks.


    CAPM vs. PMP Certification: Industry-Wide Benefits

    Considering that the CAPM certification is more affordable and requires less experience than PMP certification, project managers may ask themselves, “Why would I pursue PMP certification?” The answer is simple: The PMP is the most significant, industry-recognized certification for project managers worldwide.

    PMPs work in a wide range of industries in almost every country. Many employers require PMP certification when hiring project managers because PMPs have demonstrated the knowledge and skills necessary to lead complex projects and direct project teams.

    PMPs bring value to their organizations while advancing their own careers. Project managers with a PMP certification earn a 22% higher median salary than those without a PMP certification, according to PMI’s Earning Power Salary Survey.

    While CAPM certification isn’t as widely recognized as PMP certification, it demonstrates knowledge of PMI’s project management framework and project management processes, which can certainly benefit candidates when applying for jobs. In addition, CAPM-certified employees have a working knowledge of the PMBOK® Guide, which can serve as an excellent first step to eventually pursue PMP certification.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is it possible to convert a CAPM to a PMP?
    Converting to PMP certification is not an option. However, CAPM certification meets the PMP test requirement for 35 hours of project management education/training, so you can achieve PMP certification faster.

    How much experience do you need for CAPM certification?
    CAPM certification does not require any professional experience, making it an attractive credential for latest graduates as well as anyone seeking to begin a career in project management. However, it does require a minimum of 23 contact hours of project management education.

    How much experience do you need for PMP certification?
    The experience needed to qualify for the PMP test and go on to earn PMP certification is based on previous education:

    • Professionals with a four-year degree must have a minimum of three years (36 months) of non-overlapping project management experience, during which at least 4,500 hours were spent leading and directing project tasks and activities.
    • Professionals without a four-year degree must have a minimum of five years (60 months) of non-overlapping project management experience, during which at least 7,500 hours were spent leading and directing project tasks and activities.

    The experience requirements must have been accumulated within the past eight years.

    Do I have to be a PMI member to earn CAPM certification?
    PMI membership is not required to take the CAPM test or earn certification, but members do receive a discount on the test fee ($60 for PMI members, down from $150 for non-members), as well as other benefits.

    Do I have to be a PMI member to earn PMP certification?
    No, it is not necessary to become a PMI member to earn PMP certification, though members do have a reduced test fee ($60 for PMI members, down from $150 for non-members) among other benefits.

    How long does it take to process the CAPM application? How long does it take to process the PMP application?
    According to the PMI, applications take about five to ten days to process.

    Do I need to renew my CAPM certification or my PMP certification?
    Yes, both the CAPM certification and the PMP certification require a renewal every three years.

    • Professionals with CAPM certification need to pay a renewal fee ($60 for PMI members, $150 for non-members) plus earn 15 professional development units (PDUs) over the three-year cycle in order to maintain their status. These PDUs are broken down into nine PMI Talent Triangle PDUs and six Giving Back PDUs.
    • Those who have a PMP certification will need to pay a renewal fee ($60 for PMI members, $150 for non-members) plus earn 60 PDUs over the three-year cycle to maintain their status. PMP professionals have some choice in how they distribute their required PDUs; visit the PMI’s requirements page for more information.

    Purdue University’s Online Project Management Courses

    Professionals who participate in Purdue University’s online project management courses can gain a wealth of field knowledge, solid foundational skills, and exceedingly effective preparation for the PMP test in order to obtain a project management certificate. Course materials and activities align closely with A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) to help learners retain project management knowledge and apply it to their current projects.

    Project Management Essentials
    This 100% online, instructor-led course runs for eight weeks and allows working professionals to gain familiarity with basic project management concepts and terms.

    Participants are empowered to begin effectively applying their newly acquired knowledge and skills to current projects and earn project management hours that can help qualify them to take the PMP exam.

    Experienced PME instructors engage participants in a range of learning activities, including directed study of the PMBOK® Guide; online discussions; recorded lectures; quizzes and self-tests; and written assignments. The instructors also welcome the opportunity to coach interested learners on an individual basis via email or scheduled phone appointment.

    PMP test Preparation
    PMP test Preparation is a live, virtual course based on the PMBOK® Guide. Enrollment includes 90-day access to all course material, which is 100% aligned to the Project Management Institute’s PMP® test Prep content.

    Participants get an in-depth review of some of the most challenging learning material on the test and learn how to build a personal study plan.

    This course is for project managers who have a minimum of three years’ experience and prior knowledge of the PMBOK® Guide.

    Project Management Professional, PMP, CAPM, and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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    Killexams : Certified Financial Planner (CFP): What It Is, How To Become One

    What Is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP)?

    Certified Financial Planner (CFP) is a formal recognition of expertise in the areas of financial planning, taxes, insurance, estate planning, and retirement saving.

    Owned and awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., the designation is awarded to individuals who successfully complete the CFP Board's initial exams, then continue ongoing annual education programs to sustain their skills and certification.

    Key Takeaways

    • A certified financial planner (CFP) has received a formal designation from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.
    • CFPs help individuals in a variety of areas in managing their finances, such as retirement, investing, education, insurance, and taxes.
    • Becoming a CFP is a difficult and stringent process. It requires years of experience, successful completion of standardized exams, a demonstration of ethics, and a formal education.
    • The most important aspect quality of a CFP is that they have a fiduciary duty, meaning they must make decisions with their client's best interests in mind.

    Understanding a Certified Financial Planner (CFP)

    CFPs are there to help individuals manage their finances. This can include a variety of needs, such as investment planning, retirement planning, insurance, and education planning. The most important aspect of a CFP is to be a fiduciary of your assets, meaning that they will make decisions with your best interests in mind.

    CFPs are all-encompassing, particularly when compared to investment advisors. CFPs will usually start the process by evaluating your current finances, including any cash, assets, investments, or properties, to come up with an estimate of your income and net worth. They also take a look at your liabilities, such as mortgages and student debt.

    From this point on they work with you to come up with an individualized financial plan. For example, say you are nearing retirement, the CFP will create a financial plan that can see you through your retirement years. Or perhaps you have a child that will be starting college. The CFP can help create a financial plan to manage that cost.

    A CFP is a financial adviser who has earned a certification that indicates in-depth knowledge of financial planning. The requirements to become a CFP are some of the most difficult and stringent in the financial industry.

    CFP and Fiduciary Duty

    All CFPs are held to the standard of fiduciary duty. That means they must always put your interests as a client ahead of their own. For example, if they would more money selling one product over another, but the product that made them less money was better for you, that is the product they must recommend.

    A CFP's fiduciary duty is clearly laid out by the CFP Board and states "At all times when providing financial advice to a client, a CFP professional must act as a fiduciary, and therefore, act in the best interest of the client."

    The board goes on to state that three duties must be met by an adviser with a fiduciary duty. These are (1) duty of loyalty, (2) duty of care, and (3) duty to follow client instructions.

    How to Become a Certified Financial Planner (CFP)

    Earning the CFP designation involves meeting requirements in four areas: formal education, performance on the CFP exam, relevant work experience, and demonstrated professional ethics.

    The education requirements comprise two major components. The candidate must hold a bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited university or college. Second, the candidate must complete a list of specific courses in financial planning, as specified by the CFP Board.

    Much of this second requirement is typically waived if the candidate holds certain accepted financial designations, such as a chartered financial analyst (CFA) or certified public accountant (CPA) designation, or has a higher degree in business, such as a master of business administration (MBA).

    As for professional experience, candidates must prove they have at least three years (or 6,000 hours) of full-time professional experience in the industry, or two years (4,000 hours) in an apprenticeship role.

    Lastly, candidates and CFP holders must adhere to the CFP Board's standards of professional conduct. They must also regularly disclose information about any involvement in criminal activity, inquiries by government agencies, bankruptcies, customer complaints, or terminations by employers. The CFP Board conducts an extensive background check on all candidates before granting the certification.

    Even successful completion of the above steps doesn't guarantee receipt of the CFP designation. The CFP Board has final discretion on whether to award the designation to an individual.

    The Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Exam

    The CFP exam includes 170 multiple-choice on more than 100 syllabus related to financial planning. The scope includes professional conduct and regulations, financial planning principles, education planning, risk management, insurance, investments, tax planning, retirement planning, and estate planning.

    The various subject areas are weighted, and the most latest weighting is available on the CFP Board website. Further questions test the candidate's expertise in establishing client-planner relationships and gathering relevant information, and their ability to analyze, develop, communicate, implement, and monitor the recommendations they make to their clients.

    Here's some additional information on the administration, costs, and scoring of the CFP exam:

    • Timing: Candidates sit for two three-hour sessions on a single day; a 40-minute break period separates the sessions. Exams are typically offered in three eight-day windows: March, July, and November.
    • Cost: $925 for an test administered at a U.S. test site, with a discount for early applications and a surcharge for late ones.
    • Passing Score: This is criterion-referenced, which means performance is measured according to a set level of required competency, rather than against the scores of other individuals who have written the same exam. This prevents any advantages or disadvantages that can occur when past exams were of lower or higher difficulty.
    • Retaking the test: If you fail, you may retake the test up to four additional times.

    CFP vs. CFA

    Though a certified financial planner (CPA) and a chartered financial analyst (CFA) may sound similar, they are different certifications with different job functions and clients. A CFP works with individuals, often retail clients, helping them achieve their financial goals. This includes help in investing and retirement planning.

    A CFA works with corporations performing investment analysis. CFAs focus on financial reporting, analysis, and portfolio management. They can trade financial products, such as derivatives, and help in mergers and acquisitions. CFA's usually work for investment banks and hedge funds.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    When Do You Need a CFP?

    If you are just looking to invest money in stocks and bonds, a CFP probably isn't needed.

    If you are looking to manage your finances, investment choices, estate planning, and retirement planning, a CFP can help you with all of those needs.

    A CFP is a step above a non-designated financial advisor and has demonstrated expertise in financial planning.

    How Much Does a CFP Cost?

    How much a CFP costs will depend on your specific needs.

    On average, a CFP charges between $1,800 and $2,500 for preparing a full financial plan. You also should expect $4,000 for a flat-fee retainer or $250 per hour for hourly services.

    Is CFP the Same as CFA?

    No, CFP and CFA are not the same.

    A CFP is a certified financial planner who provides financial planning advice to individuals. This includes help with investing, retirement planning, estate planning, and tax law.

    A CFA is a chartered financial analyst who may work for an investment bank or hedge fund and performs financial analysis, modeling, trading, and portfolio management services.

    Is CFP Equivalent to MBA?

    No, a CFP is not equivalent to an MBA.

    A certified financial planner (CFP) is qualified to advise individuals on financial planning.

    The holder of a master of business degree has studied the way businesses operate.

    The career paths differ. A CFP works in financial consulting or wealth management. An MBA may be a business manager, portfolio manager, financial analyst, financial strategist, or even an entrepreneur.

    Is the CFP test Hard?

    The CFP test requires a lot of preparation and covers a wide range of syllabus in depth. The best way to ensure you pass the CFP test is by preparing for it well in advance and sticking to a study schedule.

    The Bottom Line

    Becoming a CFP takes education and experience, as well as a strong grasp of financial ethics. The test to gain this distinction is comprised of 170 questions and is split into two three-hour sessions.

    Even if candidates pass the test and meet all the requirements, the CFP Board still has the final say about whether to award this distinction. Given the stringent requirements, CFPs can be assumed to have an in-depth understanding of financial planning.

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    Killexams : AANP Vs. ANCC: Choosing An NP Certification

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    Becoming a nurse practitioner (NP), a type of advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), requires significant education and training, as well as knowledge, skills and competencies. Aspiring NPs must be licensed registered nurses (RNs), hold a bachelor of science in nursing and complete a masters in nursing or a doctorate of nursing program graduate programs.

    The last step on the long journey to becoming an NP is passing a national nursing certification test in your specialization. Passing the right test demonstrates your advanced clinical knowledge and skills and shows employers you can succeed as an NP in your specialty.

    Two national organizations, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), offer nurse practitioner certifications. You must pass a board certification test from either AANP or ANCC to become an NP.

    NPs specializing in family or adult-gerontology primary care can take either an AANP test or an ANCC exam. For other practice specialties, like psychiatric-mental health, only one organization offers the relevant test and credential.

    Learn more about AANP vs. ANCC nursing certifications, and figure out which path is right for you.

    AANP vs. ANCC

    AANP and ANCC both offer NP certifications and board certification exams. AANP is a membership organization representing more than 121,000 nurse practitioners across North America. Its credentialing arm is the AANP Certification Board (AANPCB), which only offers NP certifications.

    ANCC is an offshoot of the American Nurses Association (ANA), a professional group with 4 million members in the United States. ANCC administers certifications to both NPs and registered nurses with an associates degree or bachelor’s degree in nursing.

    If you’re pursuing NP certification in family or adult-gerontology primary care, you can do so through AANPCB or ANCC. Other NP specializations do not offer a choice; you must take the relevant certification test from whichever organization offers it.

    For example, aspiring emergency nurse practitioners can only pursue certification through AANPCB. NPs seeking to specialize in psychiatric mental health, on the other hand, must earn their credentials through ANCC.

    What Is the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB)?

    AANP created AANPCB, a nonprofit credentialing organization for nurse practitioners, to offer NP certifications in the following specialties:

    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (A-GNP)
    • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
    • Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP)

    AANP members receive a $75 discount on AANPCB certification applications.

    Certifications Offered by AANPCB

    Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (A-GNP)

    The A-GNP certification demonstrates clinical knowledge of adults from age 13 until advanced age and end-of-life. This certification qualifies you for NP licensure specializing in adult patients. A-GNPs have demonstrated expertise and competencies in health assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology, treatment and management of acute and chronic conditions, and evidence-based practice.

    The certification’s competency-based test includes 150 questions, including 15 pre-test questions that do not count toward your score. The test covers assessment, diagnosis, plan and evaluation domains, including questions about all age parameters. Online applications cost $240 for AANP members and $315 for nonmembers. Prices may change over time and discounts may be available for members of specific nursing organizations. Members should check with their association membership offices to see if discounts are applicable.

    A-GNP applicants must hold an active RN license. Other eligibility requirements include a minimum of 500 graduate level clinical practicum hours and successful completion of a graduate or postgraduate adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner program at an accredited school of nursing.

    To find out more about earning RN licensure, review our guide on how to become an RN.

    Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

    The FNP certification qualifies holders to apply for a state license to practice as an FNP offering primary care across the life span, from prenatal patients to older adults.

    The competency-based test includes 150 questions (135 scored questions and 15 unscored pretest questions). The test assesses knowledge of various age and practice domains like assessment, evaluation, diagnosis and planning. It covers syllabus like cultural competence, crisis management, pain management and anatomy.

    FNP applicants with AANP memberships pay $240 to apply online, while nonmembers pay $315. Eligibility requirements for the FNP include an active RN license, completion of a graduate or postgraduate family nurse practitioner program at an accredited school and at least 500 clinical hours.

    To learn more, see our guide on how to become a family nurse practitioner.

    What Is the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)?

    As part of ANA, ANCC offers various certifications to help NPs and RNs advance their careers. ANCC’s NP certifications include:

    • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification (AGACNP-BC®)
    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certification (AGPCNP-BC®)
    • Family Nurse Practitioner Certification (FNP-BC™)
    • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan) Certification (PMHNP-BC™)

    In addition to providing certifications, ANCC also accredits healthcare organizations that offer or approve continuing education for nurses. ANCC recognizes healthcare organizations that encourage safe and effective nursing practice as well. ANA members can save $100 on ANCC’s NP certification application fees.

    NP Certifications Offered by ANCC

    Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certification (AGPCNP-BC)

    ANCC’s AGPCNP-BC credential qualifies you to practice as an entry-level adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. To qualify for the AGPCNP-BC, you must hold RN licensure and pass a national certification exam.

    To obtain this credential, you must earn an accredited AGPCNP master’s in nursing, a DNP or a postgraduate certificate including at least 500 supervised clinical hours. Applicants must complete three APRN core graduate courses in advanced physiology or pathophysiology, advanced health assessment and advanced pharmacology.

    The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification provides accreditation for this certification, which requires renewal every five years. For initial certification, ANA members pay $295, and nonmembers pay $395. AANP members, AANP student members and Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) members also receive discounts.

    The AGPCNP test assesses competency in clinical knowledge and skills for this specialty. The competency-based test lasts 3.5 hours and includes 175 questions (150 scored and 25 unscored pretest questions). Questions cover the patient assessment process, plan of care and professional practice, spanning different age groups, body systems and drug agents.

    You can take ANCC’s Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Readiness Test to assess your preparedness for the official exam. You can use ANCC’s study aids to prepare for the test.

    Family Nurse Practitioner Certification (FNP-BC)

    ANCC’s FNP-BC credential qualifies you to apply for state licensure to work as a family nurse practitioner. This certification requires renewal every five years.

    To earn this credential, you must pass the competency-based FNP-BC test to demonstrate that you have the clinical skills and knowledge necessary for FNP work. The 3.5-hour test includes 175 questions (150 scored questions and 25 unscored pretest questions). test content covers assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation with questions about different age groups, drug agents and body systems.

    ANA members pay $295 for initial certification; nonmembers pay $395. AANP members, AANP student members and GAPNA members also receive discounts.

    Eligibility requirements for the FNP-BC certification include a current RN license and an FNP master’s, postgraduate certificate or DNP from an accredited school. The FNP program must include 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours. Applicants must also complete three graduate-level APRN core courses covering advanced physiology or pathophysiology, advanced health assessment and advanced pharmacology.

    You can take ANCC’s FNP readiness test to assess your test readiness and to get a better idea of what to expect. ANCC also provides other study aids, including demo questions and a test content outline.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About AANP vs. ANCC

    What is the difference between AANP and ANCC?

    AANP and ANCC both offer national certification exams for nurse practitioners. AANP, a professional organization for nurse practitioners, only offers NP certifications. ANCC is a wing of ANA and offers certifications for RNs at various levels, including NPs.

    What does certification for an NP mean?

    NPs must earn certification to apply for a state license to practice their specialty. To obtain certification, you must pass a national board test in your NP specialty area. You must also meet other requirements, including holding an RN license, earning a BSN degree and completing a graduate NP program with at least 500 clinical hours.

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    Killexams : How To Pass The ASWB test To Become A Licensed Social Worker

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    Social work licensing practices vary widely by state. Some states require entry-level and generalist social workers to pass an test and earn licensure. In other states, you only need a license to become a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and provide psychotherapy services.

    In many states, social work licensure at any level requires you to pass an test administered by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). The ASWB test is a nationally recognized assessment that evaluates your comprehension of human behavior and development.

    If you’re a social work major or considering pivoting into the human services field, read on to discover how to prepare for, take and pass the ASWB licensure exam—with or without a social work degree.

    What Is the ASWB Exam?

    ASWB is a nonprofit organization comprising all of the state social work regulatory boards in the United States and Canada. This body regulates the social work profession and administers the licensure test that evaluates prospective social workers’ ethics and expertise. Passing the ASWB test is the final step to earning a social work license in many states.

    ASWB offers five test categories—associate, bachelor’s, master’s, advanced generalist and clinical—each tailored to a specific education and experience level. A candidate’s test category determines their title and scope of practice post-licensure.

    Within a four-hour window, ASWB exam-takers must answer questions concerning:

    • Human development, diversity and behavior in the environment
    • Assessment (of clients’ physical and mental status)
    • Interventions with clients
    • Professional relationships, values and ethics

    ASWB test Categories

    All ASWB test categories contain 170 questions on human development and behavior, but question types may vary among categories. For example, the associate and bachelor’s exams lean more heavily on recall questions than other test categories, which feature larger proportions of reasoning questions.

    Each test category may lead to a different level of social work licensure depending on your state’s licensing processes. Not all states offer all five categories of the ASWB exam.

    Associate

    This category offers a licensure pathway for applicants who want to practice social work without earning a four-year degree in the field. In most cases, associate-level social workers can only practice under supervision.

    A handful of states offer this licensing pathway: South Dakota, Michigan, Ohio, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Only South Dakota, New Hampshire and Massachusetts require associate-level social workers to pass the associate ASWB exam.

    Registration for the associate ASWB test category costs $230.

    Bachelor’s

    The ASWB bachelor’s exam, which also costs $230, evaluates your generalist understanding of social work practices and ethics. You must hold a bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited college to sit for this test category.

    The bachelor’s category features the same questions as the associate category.

    Passing the bachelor’s test qualifies you to become a non-clinical baccalaureate social worker. Exact titles vary among states; in Oregon, these professionals are called registered baccalaureate social workers, while North Carolina calls them certified social workers.

    In most cases, social workers at this level interview clients, manage cases, conduct research and advocate for social justice. Depending on the state, they may only be able to practice autonomously after gaining supervised work experience post-licensure.

    Master’s

    The ASWB master’s category requires a master of social work (MSW) and usually qualifies applicants for the licensed master social worker (LMSW) credential. Again, the exact title may vary by state—Indiana calls these professionals licensed social workers, for example.

    The master’s-level test tests your foundational understanding of the social work field and evaluates your application of specialized skills gained during their MSW program. Licensees know how to apply advanced practice skills and specialized knowledge in their roles.

    LMSWs can drive social change and justice for various communities. In some states, they can provide clinical therapy with oversight from an LCSW. The registration fee for this ASWB test category is $230.

    Advanced Generalist:

    The advanced generalist category is tailored to prospective LMSWs who aspire to work in macro-level roles. This means working with large populations, such as entire states and countries. The advanced generalist ASWB test indicates a desire to work with public policy, state or national campaigns, or other government initiatives.

    To sit for the advanced generalist ASWB exam, you must hold a master’s degree in social work plus two years of nonclinical professional experience.

    With a fee of $260, test takers can prove their expertise in social justice, public policy and administration, and public welfare to their state licensing boards.

    Clinical

    The minimum requirements for this ASWB category include an MSW and two years of clinical experience. The clinical ASWB test serves prospective social workers who want to provide mental health services in clinical settings.

    LCSWs (who may work under different titles, depending on where they practice) provide psychotherapy services to prevent, diagnose and treat mental illnesses. Through individual or group therapy, these professionals help people struggling with emotional distress.

    Clinical social workers practice independently in various settings, including hospitals, schools, psychiatric facilities and social service agencies. Registering for the clinical ASWB test category costs $260.

    Signing Up for the ASWB Exam

    Apply for a State License

    First, you must get your state board’s approval to register for the ASWB exam. Approval processes differ depending on the state where you want to practice.

    Typical requirements vary by state and license level but may include college transcripts, a license application fee and proof of supervised experience, which you can send to the board via email or fax. Some states may also require you to provide fingerprints and undergo a background check.

    Sign Up for the ASWB Exam

    Once you receive approval from your state social work board, you must register for the appropriate ASWB licensure exam, either online, via mail or by fax. Registration costs between $230 and $260, depending on your test category.

    If your registration is successful, you’ll receive an “authorization to test” email from ASWB.

    Schedule Your Test with Pearson VUE

    Pearson VUE provides testing centers for licensure applicants nationwide. You can schedule, cancel and reschedule test appointments with Pearson VUE through the testing authorization email.

    Preparing for the ASWB Exam

    Understand How the test Is Structured

    The ASWB test is a four-hour, computer-based test comprising 170 multiple-choice questions that test your expertise and decision-making skills as a social worker.

    Exam questions cover various content areas and competencies you should have covered during your degree program. You may also find knowledge, skills and abilities statements resembling real-life situations that require critical thinking. To pass the licensure exam, you must answer about 100 out of the 150 questions correctly.

    Take a Practice Test

    Although self-study is necessary to pass professional exams, practice tests can help you prepare better. By taking a mock test, you can identify loopholes in your study plan, learn the testing software, understand your strengths and areas for improvement, and prepare for complex questions.

    After you register for your exam, ASWB offers a 30-day window to take a VCE test for an additional $85. Practice exams exist for all categories except the advanced generalist exam.

    Other test prep resources offer free practice tests, but ASWB warns against those resources because their content may be misleading.

    Know What to Expect on Test Day

    ASWB enforces several security measures on test day to ensure a reliable test process. Prepare to present two photo IDs and sign a confidentiality agreement.

    Pearson VUE test centers are fitted with surveillance tools to detect test malpractice. Exam Center personnel may also walk through the room at intervals.

    You cannot enter the testing center with personal items, but you will receive erasable note boards, markers and other necessary materials from the Exam Center personnel. You must return the items after the test or risk invalidating your score.

    The testing equipment should look like a typical computer setup. Test administrators may provide a short on-screen tutorial to help you navigate the software.

    Decompress After the Exam

    Upon completing the licensure exam, you’ll receive an unofficial score report at the Exam Center indicating your performance. ASWB will then send the official score report to your state’s social work board two weeks after the exam.

    Note that your scores cannot be altered at any point, so all you can do is wait for your state board to contact you or go ahead with other state-specific requirements. This may take anywhere from two weeks to a month.

    If you fail the licensure exam, you can retake it after 90 days.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the ASWB Exam

    What does the ASWB test stand for?

    The ASWB test stands for the Association of Social Work Boards examination. This test determines whether a candidate is fit to practice social work at their desired licensure level.

    What percentage of people pass the ASWB exam?

    A latest ASWB report showed that 75.8% of first-time test takers passed the clinical test category in 2021. The master’s and bachelor’s categories had pass rates of 73% and 68.7%, respectively.

    What is a passing score on the ASWB practice exam?

    Specific passing score thresholds on the ASWB test may vary with each passing year. ASWB recommends that testers correctly answer 90 to 107 of the graded questions to pass the licensure exam.

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