Frequently Asked Questions
Tips for Candidates
- READ the Candidate Handbook and Outlines provided by PTC and ABRET
- Study (consider how you learn, write a study plan, set goals)
- Look to professional organizations for educational materials and resources
- Check the ABRET website periodically for updates and new information
- Read and review. Do not rely on the Practice Exams and Review Questions as your primary study tools
ABRET randomly audits applications and contacts the supervisor and/or the person who signed the documentation form to verify information. An audit is not the time to correct errors or change information. If an application is rejected, the candidate will be notified directly.
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Exam FAQ Questions, Answers, Links
We have compiled answers to the most common inquiries to ABRET regarding exam policies and procedures. Hopefully you will be able to find the answer you’re looking for, but if you still have questions feel free to contact the ABRET Executive Office.
Q: How can I obtain an application for an ABRET exam?
A: Instructions for obtaining exam materials can be found on the Applications page of this website. To avoid delays, please use the handbook and application for the current year.
Q: Does ABRET provide educational materials to assist with preparing for the exams?
A: ABRET provides an outline of content for all written exams within the handbooks for candidates. Practice exams are available for each credentialing exam.
Q: If I should not pass the written exam the first time, how many times am I permitted to retake the same exam?
A: There currently is no limit on how many time you may attempt the exams. Exams are administered during two testing periods each year.
Q: Can my employer or potential employer contact ABRET for confirmation that I have passed my exams?
A: Once earned, credentials may be verified on the ABRET website. ABRET does not release pass or fail information to third parties.
Q: I have many years of experience (or an advanced degree or have an ABCRET credential) and feel I should be grandfathered.
A: ABRET does not grandfather. All candidates must meet the same requirements and successfully pass the examination in order to earn an ABRET credential.
Q: What can I bring to the exam?
A: See Candidate Handbook for a current list.
EEG Oral Exam Candidates:
Practice describing EEG waveforms, using correct terminology. Be very familiar with the studies you are presenting at the exam.
Review most common reasons candidates fail the oral examination.
Q: May I apply for the oral exam before I receive my written exam results?
Q: Am I required to take all sections of the EEG oral/practical exam at the same time?
Q: The EEG oral/practical exams have two days listed on the schedule. Am I required to be present for both days?
A: No, candidates are tested on either the morning or the afternoon of one of the scheduled days.
Q: If I do not pass, do I need to retake the entire oral exam?
A: No, you will only need to repeat the section you did not pass. If you only need to repeat the Measurement and Application section, you may take this section at a regional exam site.
Q: Once I pass the EEG written examination, how will I receive information about the oral/practical exams?
A: Oral exam info packets are automatically sent to all passing candidates within one month of receipt of passing letter. Application, Schedule, Fee and Outline information is also available within this site.
Q: What if I am unable to remove the patient’s identity from my records? Is this a HIPAA violation?
A: ABRET is willing to sign a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement with your hospital. If your hospital does not have a standard form for your use, there is a BAA on the ABRET website that may be downloaded.
Q: I am taking the EP exam in order to be eligible to take the CNIM exam. What if I only have experience with EPs during surgical monitoring?
A: The EP examination covers all aspects of the three main modalities of evoked potentials, BAEP, VEP, Upper and Lower SSEPs. Clinical experience in all modalities is expected in order to earn an R. EP T. credential.
Q: We do not use the ACNS Guidelines in my facility.
A: Familiarity with the ACNS Guidelines is essential.
Q: I have been involved in epilepsy monitoring for several years and feel I should be eligible to take the CLTM examination.
A: ABRET expects that candidates for the CLTM examination possess skills beyond entry level. Entry level skills are assessed through the R. EEG T. examination process. The CLTM examination is for the advanced level R. EEG T. who has had at least one year of experience in Neurophysiologic Long Term Monitoring (LTM).
Q: I have worked as a monitoring technician and would like to become a certified monitoring technologist.
A: Candidates must have the appropriate credentials and experience in order to be eligible. They must have been an active participant in the set-up, monitoring and review of neurophysiologic long term monitoring cases.
Q: I only do some extended video recordings and occasional long term monitoring cases. Do I have to know about things I do not do?
A: ABRET exams are based on a Practice Analysis which lists what a long term monitoring technologists is expected to know in order to do their job. ABRET expects that the candidate’s experience includes bedside monitoring, ambulatory EEG monitoring, and EEG monitoring in the ICU, in order to earn the CLTM credential.
ABRET expects that candidates for the CNIM examination possess skills beyond entry level. The CNIM examination is considered an advanced practice examination and requires a significant base of knowledge and experience.
Q: I observed a lot of cases as a student or a trainee. Am I eligible to take the CNIM examination?
A: ABRET expects that candidates plan, set up, and monitor each case listed on the CNIM Documentation Form. Candidates should be an active participant in each case, not simply an observer or trainee. Do not count cases toward the 150 required for examination eligibility unless you were the primary monitoring technologist.
Q: I have monitored more than the required 150 cases. Should I list all of them on my form?
A: Do not document more than 150 cases. If more than 150 cases are submitted, only the first 150 will be considered.
Q: I do a lot of specialized pre-op testing. May I put these procedures down on my CNIM documentation form?
A: Only monitoring performed in the operating room during a surgical procedure should be counted toward the 150 cases required for examination eligibility. Pre-op testing and procedures do not satisfy this requirement.
Q: I have been present during Deep Brain Stimulation cases. May I list DBS cases on my CNIM documentation form?
A: Deep Brain Stimulation cases do not count as NIOM at this time. The technical component is considered too limited to be counted as monitoring.
Q: I work in a very busy lab and am able to gather my 150 cases in a very short period of time if I can list several cases I was involved with each day.
A: Do not list more than two cases a day, regardless of length or type.
Q: I will have 150 cases before the exam. May I go ahead complete my application and submit the additional 10 cases I am short prior to my testing date?
A: The 150 cases are a prerequisite to be eligible to apply for the CNIM examination. The case must be submitted prior to completing the CNIM application by the application deadline date.