What is the format of the test?
The MCCKAP exam is presented as a four-hour, timed multiple-choice test with accompanying graphics, including diagnostic imaging, monitoring waveforms and photomicrographs. You are allowed one un-timed break during the exam. The exam is given in English.
Will special hardware or software be needed for the test?
The exam requires a reliable, high-speed Internet connection. Review the system requirements tab for details.
How do I access the test?
You will need to provide your test administrator with a valid e-mail address prior to test day. Your test administrator will send an e-mail to the address you provide; this will contain the link to the exam, your user ID and password.
Will I be required to log in when I click on the link to the exam?
Yes. Your test administrator will e-mail your user ID and password. Please note that the timer for the exam starts as soon as you log in.
Can I take the exam at home?
All exams should be taken in a proctored environment, a setting that will best prepare participants for the subspecialty board exam.
Do I have to take the exam all in one sitting or can I return to it later?
The MCCKAP exam is meant to provide a practice exam-taking experience. Therefore, it must be taken in one sitting and is a timed examination.
Will I lose my answers if I lose my Internet connection?
No. Answers are automatically saved once you hit submit. The only answer you may lose is that of the question you were working on. If you lose your Internet connection, log back into the exam and continue working.
Will there be technical assistance available during exam week?
Yes. Technical assistance will be available between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday, during the exam timeframe. The phone number and e-mail address of technical support personnel will be sent to test administrators.
If I decide to change an answer to a previous question, or if I skip a question, may I go back to change or complete the answer?
Yes. You will be able to review and change the answer to previously answered questions or complete skipped questions. The program will display arrows that allow you to scroll forward or backward through each question.
How will I receive results?
Preliminary results will be displayed on screen after completion of the exam. These results may be printed, sent to an e-mail address, or both. Final results will be provided electronically to test administrators approximately five weeks after exam week.
What information is included in the preliminary results?
Preliminary results include a comprehensive score, as well as scores by knowledge area or category. These results are considered preliminary until the key is validated by the MCCKAP Committee, which will occur within days after exam week ends. Validation is an important step, ensuring that items with questionable performance statistics are reviewed before final scores are calculated. Generally, few items are affected by the key validation so the preliminary results should closely approximate the final results.