BCBA EXAM CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

The Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam is comprised of 150 multiple-choice questions. Each question has four possible answers. Exam content is based on the Fourth Edition Task List. See the chart at the bottom of this page for the number of questions per content area. In addition to the 150 graded questions, exams typically include up to 10 ungraded pilot questions. Therefore, candidates sitting for the BCBA exam will usually answer 160 questions total. Candidates are give a total of four hours to complete the exam. This includes time spent reviewing and agreeing to the Exam Terms and Conditions, reading instructions, and any breaks taken during the exam. The exams are administered using a computer-based testing (CBT) format by Pearson VUE, Inc. of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pearson VUE’s website offers a tutorial to become familiar with the CBT format, as well as information about what to expect at a Pearson VUE testing center. BACB exams are professionally developed to accepted standards and are based on the results of a formal Job Analysis and survey. The BACB follows nationally accepted standards for test development.

Content Area Number of Questions
Basic Behavior Analytic Skills
A Measurement 15
B Experimental Design 11
C Behavior Change Considerations 3
D Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change 26
E Specific Behavior Change Procedures 15
F Behavior Change Systems 8
Client-Centered Responsibilities (will include at least 2 questions addressing ethics per section)
G Identification of the Problem 14
H Measurement 9
I Assessment 12
J Intervention 23
K Implementation, Management and Supervision 14
Total Number of Questions 150