Certification Board Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography

Examination Overview

Examination Format

The CBCCT certification and recertification examination format is computer-based and is administered at Pearson VUE testing centers located throughout the U.S. and abroad.  The certification examination is comprised of 160 questions, with four multiple choice options, all of which may be plausible, but only one of which is the correct or best answer.   Some of these questions are being pilot tested and will not be scored.  The recertification examination is comprised of 100 questions. Both examinations are administered in English.    

Certification examination appointments are four hours in duration.  Recertification examination appointments are two and one half hours in duration. This time includes five (5) minutes specifically allotted for the completion of the NDA and exit survey. As explained below, CBCCT offers a tutorial on the CBCCT website to demonstrate how to move through a computer-based examination format. It is strongly recommended that Candidates review the tutorial prior to arriving at the testing center as it will NOT be available during a Candidate’s examination appointment.  There are no scheduled breaks during the exam, however Candidates are permitted to take unscheduled breaks during which time the clock on the examination will continue to run.  Candidates are not permitted to access any prohibited materials during unscheduled breaks (see Compliance with Test Center Rules below).   

Examination Locations

The CBCCT certification and recertification examinations will be held in Pearson VUE testing centers around the world.   

Until a Candidate's eligibility has been confirmed and a Certification number assigned, it is not possible to tell what dates and times are available in a given testing center. CBCCT shares the testing centers with many other certification programs so not all listed centers will have availability. Candidates are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible in order to have the greatest number of options for testing in the site of their choice.

What to Bring to the Test Center

Candidates are required to present ONE form of identification to be admitted to the testing center. The identification MUST be a non-expired government-issued ID bearing your name, current photograph and signature (e.g., driver’s license or passport). If you do not have the required form of identification you will not be admitted to the test center. No exceptions to this requirement will be made. It is the Candidate’s responsibility to ensure that the first and last name on the application EXACTLY MATCH the first and last name on the current valid signature ID.

If you are testing outside of your country of citizenship, you must present a valid passport or some other form of non-expired government-issued ID bearing your name, current photograph and signature. If you are testing within your country of citizenship, you must present either a valid passport, driver’s license, national ID or military ID bearing your name, current photograph and signature. See the APCA ID webpage for details.

The Pearson VUE test center administrator will validate a Candidate’s identification by verifying that the name, photograph and signature on the Candidate ID match the Pearson VUE record. All Candidates will have their palm vein scanned prior to entering the testing room.  If you are unsure about the requirements for admittance to the testing center call the CBCCT program office prior to the examination at 240-631-8151.  


The CBCCT examination has been accepted for 20 Points in ABIM's Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. For further details click here.

CME Granted?

CBCCT does not award CME credit hours for taking and passing the examination.