Frequently Asked Questions
Tips for Candidates
- Read the Candidate Handbook and Outlines provided by 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 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.
Instructions for obtaining exam materials can be found on the Exams page of this website. To avoid delays, please use the handbook and application for the current year.
ABRET provides an outline of content and reference list for all exams in the exam handbooks for candidates.
Once all steps of the application including payment are completed, your application will go under review or may be randomly selected for audit within 2 business days.
Upon verification of your eligibility requirements and application, your registration for the exam will be sent to PTC.
Scheduling Authorizations will be emailed to candidates from email@example.com approximately 2-5 business days after the status of “Eligible to Test” is achieved. Please ensure you entered your correct email address on the application and add the ‘ptcny.com’ domain to your email safe list. If you do not receive a Scheduling Authorization within two weeks of achieving “Eligible to Test” status, contact PTC at (212) 356-0660 or online at www.ptcny.com/contact for a duplicate.
The Scheduling Authorization will indicate how to schedule your examination appointment with Prometric as well as the dates during which testing is available. Appointment times are first-come, first serve, so schedule examination appointment as soon as you receive your Scheduling Authorization in order to maximize testing at your preferred location and on your preferred date.
See the Candidate exam handbooks for a current list.
At the end of the examination, candidates will receive an email with a link to retrieve an UNOFFICIAL test result within 12-24 hours of sitting for the exam. If you do not receive an email with the link please check your spam and then call 800-741-0934.
Approximately 4 -6 weeks following examination date, candidates will receive an email when the OFFICIAL test result has been uploaded into their ABRET Credential Management account. Candidates will be notified by PTC via email on when score reports are available online. Scores on the major areas of the examination and on the total examination will be reported and available online for only 30 days. Save a copy of your score report.
Pass Results: Credential is awarded for five years.
Fail Results: Candidates are provided 1 exam attempt per application submission within the established three-month time frame. Please contact ABRET to reassigned your application at 217-726-7980 or by submitting a contact us email at abret.org/contact-us/. You will essentially repeat ALL steps of the online application process.
*Please do not contact the ABRET office about your results until you receive your OFFICIAL test results. You will not be able to reapply until the OFFICIAL test results are in.
Candidates are provided 1 exam attempt per application submission within the established three-month time frame. You will essentially repeat ALL steps of the online application process.
Candidates who do not pass the an exam after 3 unsuccessful tries within a 2-year timeframe will not be allowed to retest for 6 months and will be required to submit additional CEUs.
Once earned, credentials can be verified on the ABRET website. ABRET does not release pass or fail information to third parties.
Even with many years experience, or an advanced degree or other credentials, such as the ABCRET or R.E.T., ABRET does not grandfather. All candidates must meet the same requirements and successfully pass the examination in order to earn an ABRET credential.
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