Do you have any sample/practice exam questions, or are there any study guides that you recommend?
ARRT neither recommends nor endorses specific study materials because the exams are developed using many references. The content specifications in Appendix B of your certification and registration handbook will list the topics covered by the examination and the number of questions in each section. Candidates should lean heavily on the most up-to-date references that can be found, but should be familiar with the differences.
Can I get my exam results online?
If your examination is completed on Monday or Tuesday of any given week (or on Wednesday through Saturday of the week before), and there are no holds on your record, results will be mailed on Friday of that same week. You can also verify certification and registration on Friday of that week by checking the ARRT Directory. If you have not chosen to exclude yourself from the ARRT Directory and have passed your examination, your name and certification and registration disciplines will appear on this site.
How are ARRT exams scored?
Readers interested in a detailed explanation of ARRT's scaling procedures are encouraged to request a copy of the brochure, Settle the Score.
When will I get my examination results?
Examination results can take up to three weeks to be processed. You will receive your examination results in the USPS mail after processing is complete.
How do I make an appointment to take my exam?
After receiving the Candidate Status Report (CSR), contact Pearson VUE as outlined on the back of the form. However, before scheduling an exam appointment, please review the CSR carefully for accuracy.
I'm preparing to take a post-primary exam, and I need study materials. Can you help me?
ARRT neither recommends nor endorses specific study materials. Contact a local radiologic technology program or the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for study resource suggestions. The ASRT may be reached at (505) 298-4500 or through their website at www.asrt.org.
I did not receive my scores at the test center. How do I get them?
All ARRT certification and registration candidates receive a preliminary score at the end of their examination. These are only preliminary scores. A preliminary score is not confirmation of passing the exam. Exam responses are given a final review at the ARRT. If ARRT has proper documentation of your eligibility, an official score report will usually be mailed to you within two weeks of the examination date. Exam scores are never provided over the phone.
The person next to me was typing loudly. I feel this affected the way I tested and do not feel my score is accurate. What are my options?
The handbook provided to you informs candidates that there will be other people at the test center taking exams that require typing. It is impossible to provide a completely noise-free test environment. Candidates are provided with noise reduction headphones and can request ear plugs.
Will ARRT provide a way to practice taking computer-based tests?
The mechanics of responding to the questions on the CBT version of the examinations are so straightforward that prior orientation is unnecessary. The short tutorial at the beginning of the exam is all that you'll need. Responding to multiple-choice questions is as simple as hitting the A, B, C, or D key, or clicking with a mouse.
How do I apply for an examination window extension?
First, cancel any existing exam appointment. Fax a request for an examination window extension to (651) 994-8510 and call (651) 687-0048, ext. 8560, later to confirm receipt of the fax. Faxes must include the date, candidate name and address, and either the candidate's ARRT ID or birth date and social security number, as well as signature. The fax must be received before the end of the current examination window.
Do I need to bring my status report and a picture to turn in to the test center?
No, the status report is not required at the test center. You will be required to show two forms of identification, both of which show your signature. One of the IDs must be a current official government-issued photo ID. Refer to the certification and registration handbook for examples. Test center personnel will also take your digital photo and you will need to provide a digital signature, and have your palm scanned.
I was busy making notes on my note board and did not realize that I only had two minutes to respond to the Non-Disclosure Agreement. The computer locked up and I was not able to complete my test. What are my options?
The Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) informs candidates that they are expressly prohibited from disclosing, publishing, reproducing, or transmitting the exam, in whole or in part, in any form or by any means without the prior express written permission of the ARRT. This information is published in all ARRT handbooks. The screen informs candidates that they have two minutes to respond. If a candidate does not respond within the two minutes, or clicks "N" for do not accept, the exam will end, and it is not possible to re-start the exam. In addition, candidates forfeit their exam fees and will need to reapply with the ARRT.
I presented a military card for my government-issued photo ID, but it was not accepted and I was unable to test. Why was I turned away?
ARRT and Pearson VUE require candidates to present a government-issued photo ID that has not expired and that has a signature. Not all military IDs have signatures appearing on them. Some military IDs have a barcode instead of the signature. It's best to check ahead of time to make sure that the IDs to be presented meet all requirements. Things to keep in mind when determining which IDs to bring to the test center are: 1. Primary ID must be a government-issued ID containing a permanently affixed photo, along with a signature, and must not have expired; 2. The secondary ID must contain a pre-printed name and signature and must not be expired.
The power went out briefly during my exam and I was able to complete my exam from where it stopped. I think I should be able to complete the exam over at no cost. Can I?
On rare occasions, a candidate may experience a technical difficulty while completing the exam. Test center personnel are trained to correct any difficulty encountered as quickly as possible. Test centers are equipped with backup systems so every reasonable effort will be made to retrieve testing data. In most cases, the test center personnel are able to restart the exam administration without loss of any responses already made. In instances where a restart is not successful, the test will be re-scheduled at no cost. If the test center is able to restart the exam and a candidate is able to continue where s/he left off, the exam will be scored and count as an attempt.
The weather was bad, causing me to arrive 30 minutes late for my exam appointment, and the test center administrator won't let me take my exam.
You are responsible for showing up for your appointment on time, even if the weather is bad. If bad weather is forecast for the area, plan extra time for the commute. It's better to arrive early and have time to sit and relax than to rush to get there on time and be stressed out. If bad weather is forecast, it might be easier to cancel your appointment in advance and reschedule it for a later date when the bad weather has passed.
How do I know if my exam application has been processed?
You will receive a Candidate Status Report with instructions on how to schedule your exam appointment.
My exam appointment is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon but I can't make it. What do I do?
Appointments must be cancelled at least 24 hours (one business day) prior to the scheduled appointment. If there is less than 24 hours remaining until the scheduled appointment, you will be required to keep the appointment. If a you do not show up for the appointment, you will lose your exam fee, your file will be closed, and the exam window will end. Please note that appointments for Monday must be canceled no later than the appointment time on Friday.
The test center would not let me use my own calculator for my exam.
Scientific and basic 4-function calculators are embedded in the exam for your use and appear in the tutorial at the beginning of your exam. If you don't feel comfortable using one of the embedded calculators, test centers are equipped with basic 4-function, hand-held calculators. A hand-held calculator may be requested upon check in. Personal calculators are not allowed under any circumstance.
The VUE test center administrator told me I couldn't write on my note board until my exam started. I don't understand.
It is in a candidate's best interest to follow the instructions of the test center administrator. Candidates get in a hurry to start writing notes on their note boards and don't pay attention to the exam screen in front of them. A Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) appears after the tutorial and candidates have two minutes to respond to the NDA. If a candidate doesn't respond to the NDA within the allotted two minutes, the exam shuts down and the exam cannot be restarted. When this happens, the exam fee is forfeited, the candidate file is closed and the 90-day exam window ends. Play it safe and follow the screen prompts until the exam begins.
How does ARRT develop new examination questions?
ARRT appoints item writers who are specifically selected for expertise and to represent various lengths of practical experience. ARRT item writers include educators, administrators, and staff technologists. ARRT trains them in the proper methods of item construction.
English is my second language and I need more time for taking my exam. What do I need to do?
English as a second language is not covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act; therefore, testing accommodations such as extra time cannot be provided.
How can I get a handbook for Primary applications?
Handbooks for Radiography, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiation Therapy, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Sonography can be found online. Applications can be obtained through individual program directors.
The test center turned me away due to improper identification. What do I do to get a new appointment?
Identification requirements at the test center are very specific. ARRT requires two forms of identification. The first must be a currently valid government-issued photo ID with a signature; the second ID must include the candidate's pre-printed name and signature and not be expired. Please see any of ARRT's certification and registration handbooks to see the complete list of requirements. Candidates with improper IDs are turned away from the test center, forfeit their exam fees and must reapply to the ARRT. This appointment does not count as an attempt.
I arrived for my exam today and was told at the test center that my appointment was for last week. I know I rescheduled it for today. What are my options?
Candidates are responsible for confirming the date, time, and location of their exam appointments with Pearson VUE. Those who don't receive an appointment confirmation within two days of scheduling or rescheduling their appointment should call the Pearson VUE Call Center to confirm their appointment date and time. If a candidate calls to reschedule an appointment but doesn't actually pick a new appointment date, the original appointment will remain on the schedule until it is officially canceled by the candidate. Candidates not appearing for a scheduled appointment forfeit their fee and need to reapply with the ARRT.
Does ARRT publish complete information about its examinations?
ARRT publishes periodic examination reports, as well as an annual report summarizing the year. These reports provide information about the numbers of examinees, performance, pass/fail rates, validity, reliability, etc. ARRT also provides program directors of all approved schools access to reports summarizing the performance of their graduates on the Program Director Site.
How can I get a handbook or application for post-primary certification and registration?
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prefer to submit a paper application can do so as well. For additional assistance please call the Initial Certification Department at (651) 687-0048
Handbooks can be found online at www.arrt.org/handbooks
NOTE: If you have already taken the exam and want to re-apply, please contact the Initial Certification Department to obtain a re-application form.
My status report indicates that my exam window ends at the end of this month. I am not able to schedule before my window ends because I cannot get off work. What can I do?
Certification and registration candidates can extend their window as long as there is still time within their eligibility timeframe, and they do not have a current appointment scheduled. They must write to ARRT to request a window extension, and the written request must be received at the ARRT office before the last day of the current window. They will then be assigned a new 90-day window, and a new Candidate Status Report will be sent. Candidates are allowed three extension requests per application.
My name on my ID did not match my name on my Candidate Status Report and I was not allowed to test. What do I do next?
ARRT requirements indicate that the name on a candidate's government-issued ID and secondary ID must be the same as that appearing on his/her Candidate Status Report (CSR). Candidates with a cultural name variation must make sure that they have the same variation on the CSR and both IDs. Candidates who do not meet the requirements will be turned away from the test center, forfeit their exam fees and must reapply to the ARRT.
Can I fax a request to the ARRT for an extension of my window?
Yes. Fax a completed Examination Window Extension Request to (651) 994-8510. You must follow up by phoning ARRT's Initial Certification Department at (651) 687-0048, ext. 8560, to confirm receipt.
Will test centers be able to handle the number of examinees wishing to test at all times?
Test scheduling will be more difficult at certain times of year due to graduation dates. Radiologic technology educational programs tend to graduate at the same time as other health care programs that use test centers. Demand is particularly heavy in the summer months. Apply early (up to three months prior to graduation is allowed) so that an appointment for examination can be scheduled in advance.
My window ends on a Saturday (or Sunday or holiday), and I need to extend it. Can my letter arrive at the ARRT on Monday?
No, your request must arrive at the ARRT on or before the last business day before your window expiration date.
How do I know if my exam window extension has been processed?
Window extensions are processed weekly on each Monday. Once a window extension request has been completed, a new Candidate Status Report (CSR) indicating your new exam window will be mailed to you. If a new CSR is not received within two weeks of submitting a window extension request, please call the Initial Certification Department at (651) 687-0048, ext. 8560, to inquire.
Does the examination relate to the requirements of professional practice?
ARRT periodically performs a detailed practice analysis for each category of examination. The analysis includes input from advisory committees, as well as questionnaires to staff technologists to verify the actual tasks performed. ARRT exams are developed to emphasize performance-oriented and job-related knowledge and skills.
What if technical glitches occur with the computer during the test administration?
Alert the test center supervisor immediately and be sure that the test center will file an incident report. In most cases, test center personnel are able to restart the administration without loss of any responses already made. In those instances where a restart is not successful, the test will be rescheduled.
Can examinees comment about examination items at the time of exam?
You may comment on specific examination items during your exam by pressing the comment button at the top left of the screen. ARRT examination committees review the comments. You may also comment on the overall testing program, including exam scheduling and testing environment, at the conclusion of your exam.
What are the qualifications of the individuals responsible for developing the ARRT examinations?
ARRT uses separate examination committees for each discipline. The ARRT's Board of Trustees appoints the committee members to represent various practice settings, positions, and geographical locations. They are practicing professionals representing staff technologists, administrators, educators, AAPM-appointed physicists, and ACR-appointed physicians. The activities of the committees are coordinated from the Registry office by the ARRT psychometrics staff, which is directed by a Ph.D.-level psychometrician.
There were issues at the test center during my exam which I feel had a negative impact on my examination. How do I file an appeal?
ARRT makes every effort to assure that examinations are fairly administered in a comfortable and safe environment. Candidates who believe that an exam was administered in a manner that substantially deviated from normal testing procedures may request a review of procedures. A Test Administration Appeal Form is available. All appeals must be in writing and faxed to the ARRT or postmarked to the ARRT within 2 business days of exam administration.
How are content specifications developed and modified?
ARRT content specifications were originally developed and are periodically modified through extensive collection of objective data under a job analysis model. The goal is to assure that the examination corresponds to the current scope of practice of staff technologists.
I have an ADA-qualifying disability and would like accommodations for taking my exam. What do I need to do?
ARRT complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and provides testing accommodations only when ADA requirements are met. If you are applying for the first time you must submit a Request for Testing Accommodations form along with documentation from a licensed professional. The request form and supporting documentation must be submitted at the same time the application and fee are submitted. The testing accommodations packet is available online. If you have previously submitted documentation within the past five years, you need only submit the request form with your application.
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