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Everything You Need to Know About the Behavior Technician Certification Exam

Now that you’ve finished your 40 hours of training, it’s time for your behavior technician exam. Congratulations!

You’ve made it this far, and now it’s time to showcase your knowledge.

As you may know, there’s actually two parts to obtaining your Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification: Passing an RBT exam and an RBT Competency Assessment.

In this post, we’re just going to cover the exam portion.

To help you prepare as much as possible, we’ve compiled a list of the most common questions about the behavior technician exam.

How do I sign up for the Registered Behavior Technician examination?

You’ll need to apply and wait for approval online through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Once approved, you’ll get an email with details on scheduling the exam at a Pearson Professional Center site.

How much does it cost?

The application fee is $50 and the exam appointment (paid to Pearson VUE) is $45. If you’re a MedCerts student, we cover the cost of your exam.

What is the test like?

The exam has 75 multiple-choice questions with four possible answers. The exam questions are based on the RBT Task List. Additionally, exams typically have up to 10 unscored pilot items.

How long is the exam?

You will have 90 minutes to finish the exam.

When will I find out my RBT exam score?

Immediately after completion you will receive a pass or fail notification.

Can I retake the exam?

Yes, you can retake the exam within one week of your initial approval and after a score has completely processed. You don’t need to fill out a retake application. Expect an email notification that you can retake the exam about a week after the failed attempt.

What happens after I pass the RBT exam?

You will receive a pass/fail report at the test center and a follow-up confirmation email from BACB of your passing status. Additionally, your name will appear in the RBT Registry a week after passing the test.

May I request examination accommodations?

Yes, the BACB will review the disability and accommodation request. Note that after the request and appropriate documentation is received, the review process is finished within 10-14 days. Keep in mind you may be asked to provide additional documentation during the review.

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Feel free to reach out and request more information on our website or give us a call! We’d love to answer your questions about the Behavior Technician Exam!


Seraine Page

Seraine Page is a freelance writer based out of Florida with over a decade of writing experience. As an award-winning journalist, she loves creating content to engage, educate, and entertain MedCerts readers.

Written July 19, 2019

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