It’s normal to feel anxious or eager as your approach your ARRT exam date, but knowing what to expect at the test center can help you feel more prepared.

On this page, you’ll find an overview of your exam day. Refer to your handbook and Candidate Status Report for detailed instructions on scheduling your exam and test center procedures. You may also view the video, What to Expect on Exam Day, in our video library


Pearson VUE, the electronic testing arm of Pearson Education, provides computer-based testing services for ARRT. The company has more than 200 professional test centers in the U.S. and abroad.

On exam day, play it safe and plan to arrive at your Pearson VUE test center at least 30 minutes before your appointment. If you arrive more than 15 minutes after your scheduled appointment, the test center may require you to forfeit the appointment. We don’t refund application fees for forfeited appointments; you’ll need to submit a new application and fee if you want to schedule another exam. 

When you arrive at a test center, you’ll need to:

  • Show two forms of identification
  • Provide a digital signature
  • Be photographed
  • Have your palms scanned for identification purposes (learn more about biometric palm vein technology)


Pearson VUE might offer other tests at the same time as your ARRT exam. Most test centers are located alongside other offices, and waiting areas are small. As a result, friends or family can’t wait at the test center.

Because the temperature can vary in test centers, we recommend dressing in layers. During your exam, you can wear anything you’d typically wear indoors, but you can’t bring outerwear (such as an overcoat, windbreaker, hooded sweatshirt, or jacket) into the testing room. You’ll have to empty your pockets and store any personal items, including calculators or study guides, in a secure locker with your outerwear. If you bring a cell phone or other electronic device, it must be turned off and stored in the locker for the duration of the exam.

Learn more about exam security and what is and isn’t permitted. 

During your exam, you might hear such sounds as typing, coughing, or people entering and leaving the exam room. If you think those noises will distract you, you may request earplugs or noise-reduction headphones.


If you have a disability that falls under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), and you require accommodations at the test center, submit a formal request at the same time you submit your application for certification and registration. After we assign your exam window, you will not be allowed to submit a request for testing accommodations. 


After you check in, test center personnel will give you a short orientation, provide you with a copy of the ARRT Candidate Rules Agreement, show you to your assigned testing station, and give you an erasable note board. You must stay in your seat during the exam unless a testing center staff member authorizes you to leave or unless you are taking the longer Sonography or R.R.A. exams, in which case you’ll get a 30-minute break midway through.

If you need to leave the exam room for personal reasons, raise your hand. Keep in mind that you won’t receive additional testing time to compensate for the time you’re out of the exam room. If you’re gone longer than 10 minutes, the testing center staff will file an Incident Report with ARRT.


Before the exam, you’ll watch an 18-minute tutorial that familiarizes you with the test program and online calculators. You’ll then have two minutes to respond to the nondisclosure agreement. If you don't submit a response within the two-minute window, you’ll forfeit your attempt to take the exam that day—no exceptions. Because of this, it’s best not to spend time writing on your note board until after you accept the nondisclosure agreement. 

ARRT tests are computer-based, and most questions are multiple choice. The time allowed to complete an exam depends on the number of questions, which varies according to discipline.  

As you take the exam, you must answer each question before you can move on to the next. If a question is difficult, guess at the answer, flag it for review, and go on to the next question. If you have time after completing the exam, go back to the questions you flagged. Exam scores are based on the total number of correct answers, so you should answer every question—even if you have to guess. Remember to use your time well. You’ll see how much time remains in the upper right corner of your computer screen. 

Raise your hand during the exam if you need to request another note board, point out problems with your computer, ask for earplugs, or discuss any other concerns with the environment. Testing staff can’t answer questions about the exam itself.


When you complete your exam, you may complete an optional survey. When you’re done, raise your hand. Don’t leave your seat until a test center staff member dismisses you. Testing staff will rescan your palms before you leave the test center.