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EPPP FAQs

Test Preparatory Materials

DSM Revision
Time Frames
Scores
Online Application
Application Process
Scheduling the Testing Appointment

Test Preparatory Materials

ASPPB offers practice exams that are made up of questions that have actually appeared on previous EPPP exams.

Read more about, or register for, ASPPB Practice Exams

PLEASE NOTE: ASPPB is not affiliated with, nor does it endorse, any outside organization providing test preparatory materials or study methods for the EPPP.

DSM-5 and the EPPP

A limited number of EPPP items reference information from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). The fifth edition was published in June 2013. The following transition period was established to allow candidates and training programs to acclimate to the new DSM:

  • Exam administrations through July 31, 2014: DSM-IV
  • Exam administrations August 1, 2014 and after: DSM-5

DSM Message from ASPPB

Time Frames

> How much time is given to take the examination?
> How often can I take the examination?
> Where will the examination be available?
> When may examinations be taken?
> In the event I do not pass the EPPP, do I need to wait a specified period of time before I can test again?

How much time is given to take the examination?

  • Candidates taking the English EPPP (175 scored questions and 50 pretest questions) are allowed 4 hours and 15 minutes for completion of the exam.
  • Candidates taking the Bilingual French/English EPPP (175 operational questions and no pretest questions) are allowed 3 hours and 20 minutes for completion of the exam.

How often can I take the examination?

A candidate may take the examination no more than four times in any 12-month period. However, some jurisdictions may further limit the number of times you can take the exam. Please check with your jurisdiction.

Where will the examination be available?

The examination will be available at any authorized Prometric Testing Center. In general, these sites are open from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., 6 days per week. Centers may schedule evening hours during periods of peak demand. Candidates may take the EPPP at the Prometric testing center of their choice, regardless of where they have applied for a license.

When may examinations be taken?

Candidates must sit for the examination within 60 days of the date on the authorization-to-test (ATT) letter (generated after the candidate pays the examination fee). Testing will be scheduled at the Prometric Test Center location and on the date and time of the candidate’s choosing, if available. If not available, alternate dates, times, and/or locations will be offered. Candidates are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment at a Prometric Test Center as soon as they receive the ATT letter to increase the likelihood of finding a preferred appointment time.

Candidates have a right to an appointment within 30 days of the date requested, at a location within a 50-mile radius of the location requested. If a candidate wants an appointment within 30 days of the requested date and is unable to obtain one, the candidate may notify the Candidate Helpline and the jurisdiction to which application for licensure was made. (The candidate must provide the date and time of the call to Prometric; the name of the person spoken with; and the date, time, and location of the requested appointment.) Prometric will endeavor to accommodate candidates’ scheduling preferences as closely as possible within the 60-day eligibility window. However, Prometric's only obligation is to provide a testing time within 30 days of the requested date at any center within 50 miles of the preferred center. Some candidates may find it more convenient to wait longer than 30 days if, for example, they want to test only at a certain time and/or only on a certain day of the week (e.g., Saturday at 9:00 A.M. only) or only at a specific testing center. It is therefore important for EPPP candidates to schedule the appointment for their exam administration as soon as they receive their Authorization to Test letter. The earlier a candidate calls, the more likely he/she will be able to schedule at the time and location of his/her own choosing.

In the event I do not pass the EPPP, do I need to wait a specified period of time before I can test again?

It is recommended that you wait for approximately 60 days from your last test date in order to allow sufficient time to prepare for taking the EPPP again. It is estimated that much of that time will be taken up by the need to reapply to the licensing authority or its agent for each subsequent examination administration. However, it is not necessary to wait before applying for a retest unless there are other requirements imposed by the jurisdiction.

Scores

> What is a scaled score and what is the passing score?
> How soon will I get my score?
> Examination Feedback to Candidates
> ASPPB Recommended Passing Score

What is a scaled score and what is the passing score?

The scaled scores utilized by ASPPB are an arithmetic conversion of raw scores (the number of questions a candidate answers correctly) to a scale that ranges from 200 to 800. One reason for converting raw scores to scaled scores is that forms (versions) of the examination may vary slightly in their level of difficulty: A score on one form of the examination may not be comparable to the same raw score on another form of the examination. To ensure that scores on different forms of the examination have the same meaning and that pass points represent the same level of difficulty, raw scores on different forms are equated and then converted to scaled scores that represent equivalent levels of achievement regardless of the test form taken. For example, while the ASPPB recommended passing scores of 500 for independent practice and 450 for supervised practice do not change, the number of questions that have to be answered correctly to achieve a passing score can change. If a form of the examination is easier than the form on which the passing score was set, more questions would have to be answered correctly to achieve a passing score. If the form of the examination is more difficult, fewer questions would have to be answered correctly to pass the examination. Thus, candidates are not unfairly rewarded because their test was easier nor unfairly penalized because it was more difficult.

How soon will I get my score?

Generally speaking, examination scores will be available to licensing boards or their agents within 6 business days after the 15th and last days of each month. Once scores are received by the jurisdiction or its agent, there are various methods by which they may choose to provide examination results to their licensure applicants. The amount of time it takes for you to receive your score will depend on the process chosen by your licensing board. In some jurisdictions the board contracts with an agent to send scores to candidates on their behalf, some other jurisdictions send the examination results by postal service, or email, and other jurisdictions may choose to release scores through the online EPPPP registration system.

Examination Feedback to Candidates:

To preserve the security of the examination, feedback to candidates regarding their EPPP performance must be presented in a way that provides assistance while avoiding any jeopardy to this security. The following rules have been developed for assistance to candidates regarding examination performance.

Requests for feedback or score verification may be initiated by completing the Request for Manual Review of EPPP Scoring Record / Request for EPPP Role Feedback Report Form. Candidates should understand the difference between score verification and examination feedback when requesting feedback.

Score verification is a manual check of the computerized scoring record or answer sheet by the testing service to determine if there have been any errors in scoring. While the probability of any such error is extremely remote, score verification is available for a fee of $75.00 USD.

Examination Feedback to candidates is available in the form of a Role Feedback Report, which presents T-scores for each of the eight content domains. Candidates are provided feedback on their performance in comparison with first-time doctoral test takers. Raw scores or percentages are not provided as part of the feedback. The cost of a Role Feedback Report is $75.00 USD.

For reasons of test security, no candidate will be allowed to review the examination or its items directly.

Feedback Request Form

Candidates may also call the Candidate Helpline at 1-866-364-3777 (364-EPPP)

ASPPB Recommended Passing Score

The ASPPB recommended passing scores are 500 for independent practice and 450 for supervised practice. These pass points were set during ASPPB's 2011 standard setting evaluation. However, each board sets the standard for passing in its respective state, province or territory and reports the result to the candidates. At the present time, the majority of jurisdictions using the EPPP recognize the ASPPB recommended passing score for independent practice. There is some variation among jurisdictions regarding the passing score for supervised practice. All procedures and decisions with regard to licensure are the responsibility of each jurisdiction. Any questions about these procedures should be directed to the appropriate state or provincial board.

The Online Application

> How will I know to apply using the online application process?
> What are the steps for applying online?

> Is a paper application available?


How will I know to apply using the online application process?

Once candidates are deemed eligible to take the EPPP by their licensing authority, they should go to the ASPPB website to complete the application at www.asppb.net.

What are the steps for applying online?

Candidates will access the online application in one of two ways:

  1. Candidates from prequalifying jurisdictions will receive an email invitation to complete the online application once the jurisdiction has submitted their contact information and pre-qualified them. Once the candidate completes the application and pays the exam fee, an Authorization-to-Test letter email (ATT) will be emailed to the candidate.
  2. Candidates from jurisdictions that do not prequalify will receive a written invitation letter from their jurisdiction providing instructions on completing the application. Once the application is completed and the examination fee is paid, the jurisdiction is notified of the application. Jurisdiction staff will then verify the eligibility status of the candidate. Once verified by the jurisdiction as an eligible candidate, the candidate will receive an ATT email message.

The Authorization-To-Test (ATT) email message to each eligible candidate contains instructions for scheduling their testing center appointment either online or through a toll free scheduling number. Candidates must sit for the examination within 60 days of the date on their ATT. If they do not sit for the examination within these 60 days, they will be removed from the eligibility list and will be required to begin the application process again.

Is a paper application available? No.

Application Process

> Must I test in the jurisdiction in which I am seeking licensure?
> May I apply to more than one jurisdiction to take the examination?
> Can I confirm my appointment before my testing date?
> What if I submit an application in multiple jurisdictions?
> What if I am deemed ineligible to take the examination after I submit the application?
> How do I withdraw my exam application?

Must I test in the jurisdiction in which I am seeking licensure?

No. Candidates may sit for the examination at any of the approximately 320 testing centers in the United States, United States territories, and Canada. They are not required to sit for the examination within the jurisdiction in which they are seeking licensure. The examination is available only in the United States, United States territories, and Canada.

May I apply to more than one jurisdiction to take the examination?

No. Candidates may apply to only one jurisdiction to take the examination. It is recommended that individuals apply in the jurisdiction where they desire to be licensed. While candidates may apply for licensure in more than one jurisdiction, candidates may not apply to take the examination from more than one jurisdiction at the same time. If a candidate submits application forms to take the examination from more than one jurisdiction, only the first application form received will be processed, and scores will be sent only to that jurisdiction. A candidate who does not pass the examination may reapply to the same jurisdiction or to a different one. However, as before, a candidate may apply to only one jurisdiction for each single opportunity to take the examination. Candidates who pass the examination may then transfer their scores to additional jurisdictions. Score transfers may be arranged through the EPPP Score Transfer service maintained by ASPPB.

Can I confirm my appointment before my testing date?

Yes. To confirm the date, time, or location of an appointment, a candidate may call the Prometric toll-free number indicated on their authorization-to-test letter. Candidates may also schedule and confirm their appointment online atwww.prometric.com/asppb.

What happens if I submit an application in multiple jurisdictions?

Candidates who submit EPPP applications to multiple jurisdictions during the same testing window will be allowed to take the examination only for the jurisdiction indicated in the first application. If multiple exam fees were paid, the candidate will be assessed a $30.00 processing fee per application returned and will receive a refund of the balance of their ASPPB examination fee equal to $570. Any other administrative fees are non-refundable.

What if I am deemed ineligible to take the examination after I submit the application?

If a licensing jurisdiction deems a candidate ineligible to sit for the examination after the application is received and the Exam fees are paid, that candidate will be assessed a $75.00 processing fee and will receive a refund of the balance of their ASPPB examination fee equal to $525. Any other administrative fees are non-refundable.

How do I withdraw my exam application?

Candidates who wish to withdraw their applications to take the exam should notify the Candidate Helpline (866)364-3777. Some licensing jurisdictions may also wish to be notified. Candidates should check with their individual jurisdiction, if in doubt.

Scheduling the Testing Appointment

How will I find the local Prometric Testing Center?
> What is the cost to candidates?
> What information must be provided when scheduling an examination?
> What are the acceptable forms of payment for the test administration fee?
> What are the requirements for admission to the Prometric testing center?
> What is Biometric Validation of Candidate Identification?
> What is Prometric’s rescheduling policy?
> Is there a fee for rescheduling?
> Are refunds of the computer-based testing administration fees available for no-shows?

> If I apply for the examination, but do not take it, will I receive a refund of my examination fee?
> Where can I call if I have additional questions about the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP)?

 

How will I find the local Prometric Testing Center?

Candidates may locate nearby testing centers or obtain directions to a testing center online using Prometric’s Test Center Locator at www.prometric.com/asppb. Candidates may also access directions through Prometric’s automated phone system when calling the toll-free number contained in their ATT letter. A candidate may call the local Prometric Testing Center and ask for directions.

What is the cost to candidates?

Fee Sheet (click here to view)

What information must be provided when scheduling an examination?

Candidates must provide:

  • The name of the examination program (Association of State & Provincial Psychology Boards-ASPPB)
  • The name of the examination (Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology-EPPP)
  • Where and when the candidate would like to test (location of Prometric Testing Center and desired date)
  • Registration number/ID number (from ATT letter)
  • Name (Name must match ATT letter and 2 ID's to be presented on test day)
  • Daytime telephone number
  • Type of payment: credit card or debit card linked to a checking account

What are the acceptable forms of payment for the test administration fee?

Payment for Prometric test administration fees may be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) or by direct debit to a checking account using a debit card. Payment information must be provided at the time the candidate schedules the examination. However, funds are not collected until after the actual appointment date.

What are the requirements for admission to the Prometric testing center?

Candidates must arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment. Candidates must have a currently valid, government-issued photo ID (passport, driver’s license, etc. with candidate's signature), in addition to another piece of identification imprinted with the candidate’s name and containing a signature (credit card, CPR card, etc.) A Social Security /Social Insurance card is not an acceptable form of identification. On both forms of ID, the signature must match the pre-printed name.

What is Biometric Validation of Candidate Identification?

To further validate candidate identification, Prometric employs a biometric identity management system, which consists of a fingerprint reader, a device for reading the data on a driver’s license, passport, or similar identification document, and a scanner for scanning in the driver’s license or other identification document. The fingerprint reader captures an image of a fingerprint and that image is used for comparison throughout the day. By capturing the fingerprint scan at check-in, candidates can leave and return from breaks by rescanning their fingerprint, along with sign-in and display of identification documents. The software compares the fingerprint to the one scanned and saved at check in, alerting the testing center administrator if the same person does not return from break. Electronic files created by these scans are erased at the end of the day.

What is Prometric’s rescheduling policy?

Candidates wishing to reschedule their appointments with Prometric should contact Prometric by noon local time at the test center where they are scheduled to test at least 2 business days prior to their scheduled appointment date. Note that since Prometric Testing Centers are open, Saturday is considered a business day. The new appointment date must be within your eligibility period in order for the appointment to be rescheduled.

Is there a fee for rescheduling?

Yes.

Because of frequent candidate rescheduling behavior that has inconvenienced other candidates, Prometric (the computer based test vendor) has instituted the following change fees:

  • Rescheduling/Cancellation up to and including 31 calendar days before appointment: no charge
  • Rescheduling/Cancellation 1 to 30 days before appointment: $62.50
  • Rescheduling/Cancellation within 24 hours of the scheduled appointment will result in forfeiture of the CBT fee

Are refunds of the computer-based testing administration fees available for no-shows?

No. Candidates who fail to show up to take the examination on their scheduled appointment date will not receive a refund of their computer-based testing administration fees.

If I apply for the examination, but do not take it, will I receive a refund of my examination fee?

Candidates who wish to withdraw their applications, or who fail to schedule an appointment during their eligibility periods, or who fail to sit for a scheduled appointment, will be assessed a $75.00 processing fee and will receive a refund of the balance of their ASPPB examination fee equal to $525. Any administrative fees are non-refundable.

Where can I call if I have additional questions about the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP)?

Candidates may call the EPPP Candidate Helpline 1-866-364-3777 (364-EPPP) for technical assistance with an application, or information about the status of their application, authorization-to-test letter, or other process questions.


Questions regarding the EPPP research and development or for issues not resolved by the EPPP Candidate Helpline, should be directed to the ASPPB Central Office.

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