The exam may be taken at any time after approval of your application and payment of all fees; however, we recommend it as the last requirement in the process. This exam is available online using our Special Exam Option and must be proctored by an employee from a university or public library who is responsible for the security and integrity of the exam. New in 2019 - BCIA has partnered with an online proctoring service who uses cameras and artificial intelligence to monitor your exam progress, even as you test using your own computer.
Please file your special exam form with BCIA, allowing 10 days - two weeks advance notice for staff to make the arrangements. Should you select the online proctor option, the fee will be reduced to $25. Once your fees are paid and the exam date selected, we will provide you with contact information for this service. You will need to register with them and pay their $20 proctoring fee. It works best if you pre-register with them prior to the testing date.
All fees are non-refundable and must be in US funds and paid by check, money order, or credit card.
The examination is offered in English only and is based on the Blueprint of Knowledge Statements. The exam consists of 50 multiple-choice items and the number of exam items from a blueprint area correspond to the number of hours in that rubric; the smaller the rubric, the fewer questions will be in the exam from that content area. There is a 2-hour time limit for the exam.