The format for the ABVLM Certification Exam is approximately 200 multiple-choice questions issued in a four-hour, computer-based exam format. No essay or oral responses are required. For an outline of the percentages allotted to each topic, download the Exam Content Outline.
All questions are presented one at a time on the computer screen. Candidates use the Next and Previous buttons to move between questions. Candidates can leave questions unanswered and return to them later. All exams are timed. Candidates are not timed on individual questions, but are allowed a specified amount of time to complete the exam. During the exam, candidates can mark questions that they want to review later. After finishing the exam, candidates can review the questions they marked, along with any other question in the exam, and can change the answers. The review time is included in the total amount of time allowed for the exam.
No scheduled breaks are provided during the ABVLM Certification Exam. Candidates can take unscheduled breaks as often as they want, but the exam clock does not stop running during any break.
Exams end as soon as one of the following occurs:
- The candidate answers the maximum number of available questions and finishes looking at any questions he or she wants to review. Following question review, the candidate confirms that he or she wants to end the test. This can occur before the maximum amount of time allowed for the exam has expired. The system displays an “exam completed” message. The candidate should then signal the administrator.
- The candidate uses the maximum amount of time allowed for the exam. The system displays an “exam time expired” message. The candidate should then signal the administrator.
- The candidate terminates the exam by leaving before the computer indicates that the exam is over.