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Assistant Candidate Guide

December 2022


Exam Policies and Information

Confirmation of Exam Dates/Locations

You will receive an Authorization-to-Test (ATT) letter by email from ABC, which provides information about scheduling your exam. You will have the option to take the exam at a testing center location or online with a live remote proctor.

Exam Admittance

You must arrive at your assigned testing location at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled exam time and present your valid photo ID. If you are late, you will not be able to test. No exceptions will be made.

You are required to show one current form of identification, which must be an unexpired government-issued photo identification document with signature (e.g., driver’s license or passport). The name on the identification document must match the name on the ATT letter. You will not be permitted to test without the required identification. No exceptions will be made.

Cancellation/Refund Policies

ABC understands that circumstances may occur that may cause you to have to cancel your upcoming exam. If you are unable to take the exam that you registered for, you must notify ABC immediately. Cancellations are effective the date they are received.

Cancellations received 31 days or more prior to your scheduled exam date will be eligible for a refund or deferral of your exam fee(s).

There will be a cancellation fee if we are notified less than 30 days prior to your scheduled exam.  Cancellations made within five (5) days of the scheduled exam date will result in forfeiture of your exam fee.

Cancellations should be carefully considered. Please reference your ATT letter for a full explanation of our testing service’s cancellation and/or rescheduling policy.

Please note:  If you fail to schedule an appointment with our testing service for your registered exam session, you will forfeit the exam fee(s). Your eligibility period will not be extended.

Test Center Closings

If a testing center must close, affecting  your scheduled test date, every effort will be made to provide you with options that may include:

  • having your exam rescheduled to an alternate date a full refund of your exam fees
  • deferment of your exam to the next exam session

Hazardous Weather

If you are unable to travel to your testing center due to hazardous weather, you must notify ABC immediately at to be eligible for a refund or rescheduling options.

Misconduct at the exam

The following activities are prohibited:

  • Failure to observe any of the rules of conduct as outlined by the test proctor
  • Copy in writing or otherwise record or transmit to others any exam questions or answers or other aspects of the nature or content of the exam
  • Bring any answering agent of any nature (i.e., books, notes, electronic devices) to the exam site
  • Remove from the test site any scratch paper used during the exam
  • Offer, assist or solicit assistance from other candidates, examiners or those responsible for the administration of the exam
  • Engage in any other conduct or inappropriate behavior that is injurious to the integrity of the exam or to any of its participants

Dismissal Policies

If you are observed engaging in any of the above activities, you will be dismissed from the exam and forfeit your exam fee.  You may also be barred from future exams, and your period of eligibility may be affected.

Misconduct at the examinations will be referred to ABC’s Professional Ethics Committee for review and determination of a possible ethical violation.


The exam is offered in English only. No translators or translation devices will be allowed during the exam.

Candidate Information Confidentiality

ABC is committed to protecting the confidentiality of your records and has policies to ensure your privacy. Information about your exam results is not released to any third party, other than state licensure boards, if required, in response to a valid subpoena, or by your request.

Data Compilation

ABC may develop and publish statistical data regarding the exams; however, your identity will not be divulged.