Questions About the Exams
2017 Examination Information
Beginning in 2017 the CBNC Examinations will be administered by Pearson VUE.
The CBNC certification and recertification examination dates can be found here. Prospective Candidates apply to CBNC. The examinations will be administered at Pearson VUE testing centers around the world. For more information on locations, log onto www.pearsonvue.com/apca
The best way to schedule an examination appointment with Pearson VUE is online at www.pearsonvue.com/apca. North American Candidates also have the option of calling the Pearson VUE Calling Center to schedule at 1-877-258-9220. Candidates outside of North America may visit www.pearsonvue.com/apca/contact for regional information. Pearson VUE test centers fill up quickly so to have a better chance of securing your preferred time and location, schedule as soon as you receive your Examination Confirmation Letter (ECL) email.
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 Examination Confirmation Letter (ECL) email from CBNC advising you that you have been approved to sit for the examination. Your ECL will contain a Certification Number, which is unique to each Candidate and required to schedule an examination appointment.
The CBNC Certification Program Testing Information and Policies booklet, as well as the Scheduling and Cancellation Guidelines or ADA Scheduling and Cancellation Guidelines contain information on scheduling an examination appointment within the CBNC examination administration window, pre and post exam policies, including cancellation policies and other critical information. You must acknowledge receipt of the CBNC Certification Program Testing Information and Policies booklet before you apply. It is strongly suggested that you save and review the document as you are bound by the rules stated within.
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.
How should I prepare for the exam?
CBNC offers a tutorial at www.CBNCTutorial.org to demonstrate how to move through a computer-based examination format. The tutorial video mimics the computer screens as examinees will see them during the examination and allows Candidates to view the functions available on Pearson VUE workstations in order to understand how to navigate through the electronic format. It is strongly recommended that applicants view the tutorial PRIOR to arriving at the testing center as it will NOT be available during the examination appointment. Please note that the tutorial does not address examination content.
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.
Candidates are required to present one form of unexpired, government-issued identification bearing a current photograph and signature to be admitted to the test center (e.g., driver’s license or passport). If you do not have the appropriate ID you must make arrangements with CBNC PRIOR to the exam date.
Candidates are encouraged to bring as little as possible to the testing center because all personal belongings must be stored in a locker for test security purposes. Personal belongings include, but are not limited to keys, snacks, purses, wallets, all forms of cell phones, pagers, calculators, books, notes and any other electronic devices. Personal belongings are NOT permitted to be accessed during a break. 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 examination has begun. Such action is a violation of examination policies and will result in disciplinary action according to APCA Compliance policies and procedures.
The testing vendor will provide a small white board along with pen or pencil for your use which will be collected at the end of the examination. 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 examination. 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.
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.
Please see the content outline: Examination Outline.
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 examination and no additional testing time is added. Candidates are not permitted to leave the testing center once their examination has begun. It is strictly prohibited to access study materials or any electronic devices at any time during the administration of the examination, 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.
Test Administrators (TA) will supervise the administration of the examination and all testing cubicles. Check-in areas and locker facilities are videotaped and audio monitored. Irregularities identified by observation or suspicion by the TA’s may be sufficient cause to terminate a Candidate’s participation in the examination, or to invalidate or cancel scores. 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.
No, CBNC is not an ACCME-accredited sponsor of CME credit.
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.
This is correct. Pearson VUE 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 Pearson VUE 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 Pearson VUE testing centers have small lobby areas that accommodate early arrivals.
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.
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.
Approximately ten weeks after the exam, candidates will receive by USPS postal mail a letter indicating whether the candidate passed or failed. All Candidates 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.
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.
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.