Credential Review Questions
I completed a forensic internship (pre-doctoral). Does this count toward the 1,000 hour experience requirement?
No. Only experience obtained after the doctoral degree has been awarded counts toward the 1,000 hours.
My post-doc had a forensic rotation. Is this sufficient for me to obtain a waiver of the five-year experience requirement?
Probably not. Post-doctoral training programs must meet certain requirements in order to lead to a waiver of the five-year requirement. We maintain a list of post-docs that have been determined to meet those requirements. If your program is not listed, ask your training director to submit the required material and we will review it.
I have more questions about the credential review process. Who should I ask?
Contact the ABPP Central Office.
Written Exam Questions
How should I prepare for the written exam?
Do I need to read everything on the reading list to prepare for the written exam?
No. The reading list provides suggestions to help candidates prepare. It is not required reading.
I have more questions about the written exam. Who should I ask?
Contact the ABFP Corresponding Secretary
Practice Sample Questions
I passed the written exam. How soon do I need to submit my practice samples?
You have one year from the date you were notified that you passed the written exam.
What should I do if my practice sample exceeds the maximum page limit?
It is expected that your practice sample will conform to the specifications described in section B.3 of the Practice Sample Guidelines. These include a length of no more than 80 pages. If your sample exceeds 80 pages, do not attempt to decrease the number of pages by reducing the font size, decreasing the margins, reducing the line-spacing, or redacting parts of the report itself—all of these are unacceptable. Try reducing the amount of supplementary material. If you are still unable to meet the page limit restriction, contact the ABFP Corresponding Secretary to discuss your options.
Is there a minimum number of pages for a practice sample?
No, as long as the practice sample includes all the required components as described in section B.3(b) of the Practice Sample Guidelines, there is no minimum length.
I’m not sure if the topics of my practice samples address two distinct areas of practice. How can I find out?
Can I use an evaluation for my practice sample if a psychometrician, working under my supervision, administered the testing?
No. You must personally perform the preponderance of the testing in order for the practice sample to be acceptable. If you have questions, contact the ABFP Corresponding Secretary
Is it acceptable to have a colleague to review or proofread my practice sample before I submit it?
No. The practice sample must not be reviewed or critiqued by any other person, either during its composition or at any other time prior to the Oral Examination.
At my place of employment, we work in teams. Can I submit a practice sample based on a report that includes sections written by or in collaborations with other team members?
No. The practice sample must represent your sole authorship.
Is it acceptable to use a practice sample based on a legal case that is not yet concluded?
No. Practice samples (based on a legal case) should only be submitted if the underlying case is closed or if the candidate does not reasonably anticipate further involvement in the case.
Can I submit a practice sample if there is no psychological testing included?
Practice samples typically include psychological testing. This allows the oral examination committee to evaluate the candidate’s competence in assessment—which is one of the core competencies in forensic psychology. Although not every forensic evaluation requires psychological testing, it is strongly recommended that the candidate submit practice samples that include psychological testing in at least one of the two samples.
I found some errors in the report I want to use for my practice sample. Is it acceptable to correct these errors or to rewrite sections of the report before the practice sample is submitted?
No. This is unacceptable. Other than redacting all identifying information, the report that forms the basis of the practice sample must be unaltered from the report that was actually submitted in the legal case.
How much identifying information should I redact?
All names mentioned in the practice sample in any context must be redacted or replaced with a fictitious name. Specific locations and entities should be redacted as well (e.g. employers, hospitals, addresses, locations smaller than a state). Also redact exact dates of birth (i.e. month and day, NOT year), exact date of crime (i.e. month and day, NOT year), case numbers, and anything else that could reasonably be used to identify anyone mentioned in the practice sample.
I have more questions about the selection and preparation of practice samples. Who should I ask?
Contact the ABFP Corresponding Secretary
Oral Exam Questions
How should I prepare for the oral exam?
We have prepared a suggested reading list to assist candidates in preparing for the oral and written examinations. We also suggest you review the Oral Examination Guidelines and the ABFP Core Competencies.
Where and when will the oral exam be held?
Exams are held twice yearly, in April and October. Through April 2018 exams will be held at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead in Atlanta, GA. The calendar with exact dates can be found here.
How do I schedule or reschedule my oral examination?
I have more questions about the oral exam. Who should I ask?