The American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN) is pleased to announce two enhancements to its examination procedures.
First, starting in 2012, the ABCN written examination will be administered exclusively through Prometric testing centers (www.prometric.com). Prometric will administer the written examination four times per year, each for a window of two weeks. The time windows during 2012 will be March 1-17, June 1-16, September 1-15, and December 1-15. Examinations will be administered electronically at Prometric testing centers in the USA and Canada.
ABCN is changing to electronic test administration in order to minimize travel requirements. Most candidates will be able to access a Prometric testing center conveniently. The expanded examination schedules will allow greater flexibility in choosing examination dates. The electronic test administration will also offer a higher level of confidentiality for candidates.
A second enhancement is that the schedule of oral examinations is being expanded to three times per year. During 2012 the oral examination dates will be April 20-21, August 17-18, and November 16-17. The location for the oral examinations will continue at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The additional examination dates are needed to accommodate the increasing numbers of candidates for ABCN certification.
ABCN was incorporated in 1981 and is a member board of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), the organization that oversees board certification of professional psychologists. ABCN-certified neuropsychologists practice in 49 states and 4 provinces. About 40% provide services to pediatric patients. The steps required for ABCN certification are to document education and training, pass the written examination, submit two sample reports for peer review and approval, and pass an oral examination covering clinical knowledge, professional practice, and ethical judgment. For applicants trained since 2005, training must include a formal two-year post-doctoral residency. A directory of neuropsychologists who are board-certified by ABCN is available online atwww.theaacn.org/diplomates/database/view.php.