FAQ - Questions About the Exam

FAQ - Questions About the Exam

Questions About the Exams

2017 Examination Information

Beginning in 2017 the CBCCT Examination will be administered by Pearson VUE. 

Additional information coming soon!


2016 Examination Information

When will the exams be held?

The CBNC certification and recertification exam dates can be found here. Prospective candidates apply to CBNC. Once deemed eligible, applicants receive an automated email advising of approval to sit for the exam and requesting acknowledgement receipt of the CBNC Testing Information & Policies booklet. Once an applicant acknowledge receipt of the CBNC Certification Program Testing Information & Policies, they will be provided with their Eligibility ID number and instruction on how to schedule a test time at Prometric Testing center.

The exam will be held at Prometric test centers around the world. For more information on locations, log onto www.prometric.com/cbnc

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At what location(s)?

In 2016, the exam will be held at Prometric test centers around the world. For more information on locations, log onto www.prometric.com/cbnc

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What happens after I am approved to sit for the exam?

If your application is complete and you meet all the criteria, you will receive an automated email advising you that your application has been approved and to acknowledge receipt of the CBNC Certification Program Testing Information and Policies booklet.   The CBNC Certification Program Testing Information and Policies booklet contain information on scheduling a test time within the CBNC testing window, pre and post exam policies, including cancelation policies and other critical information. You must acknowledge receipt of the CBNC Certification Program Testing Information and Policies booklet before you are provided with your CBNC Eligibility ID and a link to the Prometric website where you can schedule your exam. Once your exam is scheduled, be sure to print a copy of the Prometric page with your Prometric confirmation number and keep it in a safe place.  Your Prometric confirmation number will be required to reschedule, confirm or cancel your exam appointment with Prometric.

If your application is incomplete or any part is incorrect, staff will notify you of what is needed. We encourage applicants to provide an active email address so that we can contact you quickly with what is required to complete your application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain or correct any outstanding or incorrect materials and submit them to the CBNC office. Applications with missing or incorrect documentation will be subject to a $75 resubmission fee before they are deemed eligible. CBNC reserves the right to return incomplete applications, together with a refund. ($795 certification/$525 recertification and less $50 for those who claimed the multi-modality discount.) Non -sufficient funds, administrative fees, late fees and resubmission fees will not be refunded.

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How should I prepare for the exam?

The Preparing to Take the Examination section of the CBNC website provides information on the exam content outline, sample questions and a list of references.

Prometric offers a "Test Drive" which allows Candidates to schedule a generic sample test at a testing center.  For a fee of $30, Candidates will be able to go through the Prometric scheduling, registration and check-in process and will be able to participate in a 15 minute sample test that introduces electronic testing utilities examinees will encounter during the exam.  For first-time electronic testing Candidates, this can eliminate some of the unfamiliarity that causes stress during an actual exam.  To sign up for the "test drive", click here and follow the instructions to schedule an appointment.

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What courses does the CBNC recommend for preparation for the exam?

The CBNC does not recommend particular courses. The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology website (www.asnc.org) has a number of courses available and also has an online educational calendar that lists many courses in nuclear cardiology, both ASNC and others. Other society websites such as ACC, EANM, ESC and SNM may also have nuclear cardiology course listings.

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What can I bring with me to the exam?

You will need your valid government-issued ID bearing a photo and signature to be allowed to sit for the exam. If you do not have the appropriate ID you must make arrangements with CBNC PRIOR to the exam date.

A small locker is provided for storage of ALL personal items. No calculators, electronic devices (e.g. cell phone, beeper, Blackberry, IPhone, ITouch, etc.) books or papers of any kind are allowed in the testing room. It is recommended that such devices and materials be left securely in your car or at home. If such devices and materials are stored in a locker you are NOT permitted to access them once your exam has begun. Such action is a violation of  exam policies and will result in disciplinary action according to APCA Compliance policies and procedures.

The testing vendor will provide scratch paper or a small white board along with pen or pencil for your use which will be collected at the end of the exam.  Your workstation will include a workstation calculator which you will be able to use during the exam.  You are not allowed to use your own personal calculator during the exam.  If your personal calculator is brought to the the testing center, it must be stored in your locker and access to the personal calculator is prohibited.


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What forms of ID are acceptable?

Acceptable forms of photo identification for North American residents are a valid driver's license, passport, military ID, or state ID. Non-North American residents must present a valid passport for identification. These are the only forms of photographic identification that will be accepted. YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TAKE THE EXAMINATION WITHOUT PROPER PHOTOGRAPHIC IDENTIFICATION. If you do not have the appropriate ID you must make arrangements with CBNC PRIOR to the exam date.

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What is the general content of the exam?

Please see the content outline: Examination Outline.

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Are there scheduled breaks during the exam?

There are NO scheduled breaks during the examination.  The exam consists of a single module of questions WITHOUT any scheduled break.  Examinees may take an unscheduled break to quickly use the restroom or retrieve a snack from their locker.  However, the clock will continue to run on the exam and no additional testing time is added. Candidates are not permitted to leave the testing center once their exam has begun. It is strictly prohibited to access study materials or any electronic devices at any time during the administration of the exam, including the time you are permitted to use the restroom or retrieve a snack.  Such action is a violation of testing polices and will result in disciplinary action according to APCA Compliance policies and procedures. 

Proctors at the Prometric testing sites will supervise the administration of the exam and candidates may be video and/or audio taped to maintain the strictest security throughout the testing period. Candidates will be required to sign in and out of the testing room and may be asked to provide a photo ID upon re-entry.

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Does the CBNC examination carry CME credit?

No, CBNC is not an ACCME-accredited sponsor of CME credit.

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Something has come up and I need to cancel my application, what do I do? Can you hold my application for next year?

Applicants must FIRST cancel with the testing vendor if exam has been scheduled already.  Then cancel IN WRITING (with signature) to the CBNC office.  Refunds are $795 for certification and $525 for recertification (less $50 for those who claimed the multi-modality discount) if cancellation is received by November 17, 2017. CBNC is not able to retain your application material; reapplications for subsequent years must be made in full.  Candidates who cancel after November 17 will not receive any refund. Candidates must cancel with both the testing vendor and CBNC by November 17 in order to receive a refund.

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Is it true that if I'm late for the exam, I will not be permitted to sit?

This is correct. Prometric schedules examinations throughout the day. If you are late, it may cut into the scheduled time of the person following you. It is entirely up to Prometric whether they are able to accommodate late arrivals. No refunds will be made to candidates who appear late and are denied entry. CBNC strongly recommends arriving 30 minutes early. Most Prometric testing centers have small lobby areas that accommodate early arrivals.

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I have a flight scheduled after the exam; can I bring my luggage with me to the exam?

Most candidates will no longer be flying to a testing center. Examinees will be provided with a small locker; however, large bags probably will not be able to be accommodated. No materials can be brought into the testing room.

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I was not able to sit for the exam but I didn't inform CBNC before the exam that I needed to cancel. Can I get a refund of my application fee?

Cancellations must be made by November 17, 2017 with both CBNC and the testing vendor. CBNC must have evidence of cancellation from the testing vendor before we can issue your refund. Refunds can not be offered to applicants who cancel after November 17, 2017.

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I sat for the recent exam. How can I find out whether I passed?

Approximately ten weeks after the exam, candidates will receive by mail a letter indicating whether the candidate passed or failed.  Candidates who fail will receive a diagnostic report showing performance in each content area. These documents cannot be faxed and scores cannot be given over the phone or by email.

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Why does it take so long to get my test results since they are computer graded?

The CBNC Examination Committee reviews the performance statistics of each question prior to the exam being scored. Questions that do not meet predefined performance criteria may be discarded or double keyed. If statistical evaluation raises a concern about the validity of a question (for example, if a large number of people consistently answer with a different response), then these questions are individually reviewed again to make sure they are accurate. When inaccuracies are identified, these questions may be re-scored or discarded. For these reasons, the entire score process takes approximately ten weeks.

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I failed the exam. Can the CBNC hold my application for next year?

CBNC cannot hold applications from one year to the next due to the fact that Eligibility Requirements could change, as well as the fees. Reapplications for subsequent years must be made in full including appropriate fee and required supporting documents.  Unless a specific request is made, CBNC does not return application materials. Please make a copy of your supporting documents for yourself prior to submitting your application.