Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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What is the deadline to sit for the exam?
The next CSP exam will be on February 13th of 2014, in the downtown area of Seattle, Washington, registration will start at 8:30am, the exam starts at 9:00am sharp.
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What are the requirements to sit for the exam?
Your eligibility is dependent upon your level of education completed and number of hours of experience. For example, most psychometrists have a 4-year college degree. In such cases, the degree from a regionally accredited institution AND a minimum of 3000 hours of testing, scoring and associated administrative experience under the supervision of a licensed psychologist or neuropsychologist or equivalent is required.
Candidates who meet any one of the following criteria are eligible to sit for the Certified Specialist in PsychometrySM examination.
A Bachelors degree from a regionally accredited college or university and a minimum of 3000 hours of testing, scoring and associated administrative experience earned under the supervision of licensed psychologist or neuropsychologist or equivalent.
A Masters or Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university with documented course work in a related field and a minimum of 2000 hours of testing, scoring and associated administrative experience earned under the supervision of licensed psychologist or neuropsychologist or equivalent.
A total of 2000 hours is equivalent to one-year of “full-time work experience.” To qualify, work experience must include substantial time spent in testing, scoring and associated administrative activities performed under the supervision of a licensed psychologist or neuropsychologist or equivalent. Periods of work that include significant time devoted to tasks unrelated to psychometry do not qualify. The required hours of qualifying work experience may have been earned at any time during the five (5) year period immediately prior to the date of application.
Where will future exams be held?
Tentively, below are the possible future dates in conjunction with the following conferences (subject to change):
INS - Seattle, WA - February 13th
Virginia Beach & Cincinnati - June (TBA)
NAP/NAN - Fajardo, Puerto Rico - Nov 15th
ACPN - Las Vegas, NV - March (TBA)
AACN - San Francisco, CA - June (TBA)
NAP/NAN - Austin, TX - Nov (TBA)
Does my school(s) have to send my official transcript(s) or can I provide a copy?
An official copy from you is acceptable.
I work for the federal government (VA, DoD, Army/Navy, other federal and military facilities, etc.), how will obtaining the CSP benefit me?
In the near future it appears the federal government is about to raise the pay scale from a maximum of a GS-9 to GS-12 for those who hold the CSP credential.
The contracted company in charge of screening applicants for DoD positions in Virginia will ONLY review applications from CSPs - this is expected to become the minimum standard across the nation.
How long does the exam take?
Each candidate will have up to 150-minutes to work on the exam.
What is the exam format?
120 multiple-choice items.
What is the passing score for the examination?
The passing score is 70%. The exam is not scored on a "curve," therefore the candidate pool does not determine the passing score.
Are there any other requirements to maintain my certification?
Yes. You need to obtain a minimum of 12-hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs), in a psychological, neuropsychological or any mental health related field, with at least 2 CEU’s in ethics, every 2 years.
Please note, the minimum CEU's required for CSPs will be increasing in coming years to be commensurate with similar professions.
For example, if you attend the NAP annual conference you can accrue CEUs.
If you passed the certification exam in 2013, you will not be required to fulfill the CEUs till the end of 2015. (Please note, there will be random audits of CSPs.)
I work only with children; I don’t think I should have to be examined on the adult tests.
All examinees take the same exam. The information on the exam is specific to psychometry, regardless of the population you work with in your setting.
How long before I hear if I passed?
In 6-8 weeks you will be notified via postal mail Mail (no information will be provided by phone, email or fax).
|You become a CSP based on when you receive your passing letter, |
not when you sit for the exam.
Can Canadians take this exam?
Yes, providing all the same requirements are met. This is true for any English-speaking applicant regardless of where they practice. Your supervision in Canada must be by a certified psychologist or neuropsychologist or equivalent. (Please note, questions with regard to ethics may include questions involving HIPAA & CMS.)
What is the cost to sit for the exam?
Please refer to the Handbook for current exam rates and related details.
What are the exam locations?
Please check the Handbook for current exam location(s).
Is the exam available online?
No. Security is very important and therefore all examinees are required to take the exam in person.
Is there a study guide to prepare for the exam?
Sorry, at this time there is no prep guide or course available. This is a long-term project currently under construction and the first version may be available for the 2016 exam.
In the meantime please use the Handbook in your CSP exam preparation.
Every psychometrist (not just CSPs) is welcome to contribute to the Study Guide project - if you are interested please contact the Study Guide Chair, Tom Erickson. CSPs can earn CEUs for their contributions. Please share your knowledge and experience to this important learning and application tool of our profession.
I have not tested very much in the last year or so but I used to work full-time as a psychometrist. With that past experience can I use those years to qualify to sit for the exam?
Yes - please refer to the Handbook for specifics: "Periods of work that include significant time devoted to tasks unrelated to psychometry do not qualify. The required hours of qualifying work experience may have been earned at any time during the five (5) year period immediately prior to the date of application."
Is the certification recognized by organizations such as APA, AACN, NAN and INS?
The psychometry certification examination has been developed to meet the strict national standards of certifying professional occupations. The psychometrist certification examination conforms to the Standards for Educational and Psychological Tests published jointly by the American Educational Research Association, the National Council for Measurement in Education and APA. It has been designed and constructed to be consistent with and in compliance with the joint standards. APA does not approve any examinations. APA does sponsor a few of its own certification examinations through its own subsidiary organization called the College of Professional Psychology. NAN does not recognize any certifications or credentialing, either for psychometrists or psychologists.
Are we responsible for administration/scoring issues only, or will there be any questions regarding interpretation of tests?
No. Test interpretation is not within the scope of psychometry. However, you should understand what tests purport to measure.
How much neuroanatomy are we going to be expected to know?
The basics of gross neuroanatomy.
How much statistics do I need to know?
You will not need to compute statistical information using formulas (e.g., ANOVA), but you do need to understand the relationships between statistical norms.
As a psychometrist are we responsible to know about APA, NAN, ACA or other Codes of Ethics?
Please refer to both the Code of Ethics for Psychometrists published by the BCP and adopted by NAP. In addition, it is helpful to review the APA, ACA, NBCC ethics guidelines - even though they all share a great deal of the same information they often apply well to psychometrists. The impending CSP Exam Study Guide will also include a chapter on Ethics.
I have worked as a psychometrist for over 20-years including training psychology interns, post-doctoral fellows and other staff on assessment issues. I have published several articles as the principal author in peer-reviewed journals. I would like to know if I can be grandfathered-in as an experienced psychometrist?
No. Everyone is required to meet the same criteria. There have been several seasoned psychometrists with over 30-yrs experience who also were required to meet the current certification criteria. There is no grandfathering regardless of years of experience, supervision/training of others, education, publications, etc.
My facility/employer does not require me to be credentialed, why should I obtain CSP?
In 3/2011, Cincinnati Children's became the USA's first facility to require the CSP credential. It is only a matter of time as other facilities and employer impose minimum standards for hiring psychometrists. The recruiting firm contracted to hire psychometrists for the Department of Defense in Virginia requires the CSP credential to be considered to apply for psychometrist positions.
I am supervised by two psychologists. My immediate supervising psychologist is not licensed but their supervisor is, which one should I use in my Attestation document?
The requirement in the Handbook states it has to be a "licensed" psychologist ("certified" in Canada) or equivalent.
My supervisor(s) has passed away, how can I complete the required supervision attestation?
Please complete "Appendix A: Supplemental Attestation of Psychometry Supervision and Professional Experience" located in the Handbook to complete your application.
I have been a psychometrist for several years. How many years of experience do you recommend to sit for the exam and how much studying should I commit?
Study Time: Each psychometrist has to decide how much to study for the exam. We have heard the range varies a great deal, from none to 6 months. We cannot say with any certainty what is appropriate for you. Please the tables below for details.
Experience: There are several who barely had the minimum number of years experience to sit for the exam and passed. Please see the tables below.
Education: Educational backgrounds also varied. The table below is comprised of those who passed the CSP exam from 2005 through 2013. In 2008 there was no statistical difference in education for those who passed or did not pass the CSP exam, while more extensive experience did have a positive affect on passing the exam.
We believe one of the reason more are passing the exam in latter years is in part due to the addition of the exam outline in the Handbook assisting examinees in their studying focus.
The moral: studying is as important as is experience.
2005-2013 CSP Education Information
CSP Educational Level
High School Diploma***
N = 193
* - includes BA, BS, & BFA
% Passing Rate
Years of experience by those who passed
Years of experience by those who did not pass
*This is a common pattern in credentialing, the more senior professionals tend to sit for the exam in the earlier years.
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