NCTRC Certification Exam

Application Deadlines for Certification Exam

The NCTRC certification exam is offered every two months and has a rolling admission registration period.  The exam is offered the first two full weeks in January, March, May, July, September, and November.  The next available exams are as follows:


Exam Window

Application Submission Window*


May 4-16, 2015

Nov 16 – Mar 15, 2015

July 6-18, 2015

Mar 16 – May 15, 2015

Sept 7-19, 2015

May 16 – July 15, 2015

Nov 2-14, 2015

July 16 – Sept 15, 2015

*A complete application (appropriate to your eligibility path) must be received within the designated application window in order to be reviewed for a requested exam.

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The NCTRC examination is a variable-length examination. During the administration of the examination, each group of questions (testlets) is timed separately. The base test is completed by all candidates and consists of 90 questions for which you have a total of 86 minutes. You are permitted to move back and forth within the base test, but the base test may not be reviewed once it has been exited. Upon completion of the base test of 90 questions, you will receive (a) a passing score ending the exam; (b) a failing score ending the exam; or (c) a score that falls in a range that is neither failing nor passing and you will move to another section.

These additional sections are called "testlets", each containing 15 questions and lasting for 14 minutes. You are permitted to move back and forth within each testlet, but each testlet may not be reviewed once it has been exited. At the end of each testlet, the same scoring decision as used at the end of the base test will occur and the examination will either end or continue. If you receive the base test and all testlets (total 180 questions), you will have a maximum of 3 hours of seat time. Candidates should answer each question presented, marking any questions you would like to review should time permit in each section. To maximize your time and to assure that you do not exit each section in error before answering all of the questions in each section, you should complete each section before reviewing marked questions. To endure the valid development of the NCTRC exam program, experimental nonscored questions are presented in the course of the variable-length examination.



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