Day of exam info

ACAT Step 4

Step 4: Take and Pass the ACAT exam

Candidates can register for ACAT exams online on the ACAT website. Once registered, you have up to three exam windows to schedule and take an exam. Registrations received after the Exam window begins will be subject to a $50 late registration fee. 

The Day of the Exam

Please report to your exam location at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled testing time. You must bring your confirmation notice and a current, government-issued photo identification with signature (original driver's license, immigration card, passport, state ID card, or military ID card). You will NOT be admitted without proper identification. Your first and last name on your confirmation notice must match the first and last name on your identification exactly. If you have more than one last name listed on your government-issued photo ID, the same last names must be reflected on the confirmation notice. If you have a hyphenated last name, it must be hyphenated on both the identification and on your confirmation notice in order to be admitted. Presenting name change documentation (marriage license, etc.) at the testing center is not acceptable. Name change documentation may be submitted to Scantron at least one week prior to your testing appointment if needed.

Food and beverages are NOT allowed in the examination area. All personal items including books, notebooks, other papers, all electronic equipment (i.e. cell phones, cameras, etc.), bookbags, coats, etc. are NOT permitted. The proctor will provide a dry erase board for making notes or scratch paper and a pencil. A list of prohibited items and more information is on the confirmation notice from Scantron.

Rescheduling and Cancellation

If you are scheduling your exam after the registration deadline, there is a $50 late fee and there may be limited testing availability.

You may reschedule or cancel your testing appointment up to four (4) business days in advance of your testing appointment. Reschedule/cancellation requests are not accepted within four (4) business days of your scheduled testing appointment. A $50 fee will apply; the fee must be paid online at the time of the request. In the event of a "no show", the candidate will forfeit the full exam fee.


The ACAT Board of Directors has set 70 as the minimum satisfactory level for the Comprehensive Examination (ABA), ATP and ATA exams. Individuals must score 70 or higher on each section of the exam pass the ABA exam.

In the case of the ABA exam, individuals who do not pass the full exam, but who score at least 70 on either Practice 1 or Practice 2 are considered to have “conditioned” that section of the Comprehensive Examination. Conditioning allows the candidate to successfully complete the exam by re-taking the part not previously passed. Candidates have 18 months from the date of conditioning to pass (by obtaining a second score of at least 70). After that, the condition is void. You must register for the part of the exam you wish to retake and pay the exam fee.

New credential holders will receive a hand-lettered certificate attesting to their accredited status, as well as other materials to assist them in publicizing their achievement. Your test results are confidential and will not be released to anyone without your written permission. ACAT stores exam results indefinitely.