TAKING THE EXAM
All ARRT-administered state licensing exams are given at Pearson VUE test centers. The same test center rules apply to both ARRT certification and registration exams and to ARRT-administered state licensing exams. Learn more about taking exams, including:
- What to expect at the test center
- Exam security
- How to request ADA accommodations
- How to report issues at the test center
ARRT scores all of the state licensing exams that we administer. We then send the results to the states. State licensing agencies review the exam scores and determine whether you pass or fail—ARRT doesn’t make that determination. (Note that taking an exam for state licensing purposes is not the same as taking an exam for ARRT certification and registration. For the latter, ARRT determines whether candidates pass or fail.)
The state licensing agency will notify you of your exam results. Some states mail notices; other states require you to check online. Either way, allow up to four weeks for the state to provide your score. After four weeks, contact your state licensing agency. ARRT can’t release exam scores to candidates.
Retaking the Exam: Each state has its own rules about eligibility to retake the exam should you fail. Some allow multiple attempts within specific windows of time; others may have additional requirements to regain eligibility. Contact your state directly to learn more.
How Your State Licensing Exam Affects Your Attempts With ARRT
If you attempt a state licensing exam that ARRT administers, you can’t use those results to earn ARRT certification and registration. Those attempts will count, however, in the three-attempt, three-year limit rule for ARRT certification and registration.
CAN ARRT OR THE STATE ANSWER MY QUESTIONS?
Taking a state licensing exam is important to—and often required for—your career. If ARRT administers the state licensing exam you want to take, here’s whom to contact if you have questions along the way.
- State licensing eligibility or requirements
- Exam results
- Name and/or address changes
- Window extension requests (excluding California and Florida)
- Extending your window beyond 365 total days in California (ARRT can only approve extensions, in 90-day increments, until you hit 365 days; after that, you must ask the state)
- Extending your window beyond 180 total days in Florida (ARRT can only approve one extension of 90 days; when you hit 180 days, your request must go to the state)
- Content specifications or handbooks
- What to expect at the exam center
- Taking the exam
- Issues at the test center
- Extending your window in California (ARRT can approve extensions, in 90-day increments, until you hit 365 days; after that, your requests must go to the state)
- Extending your window in Florida (ARRT can approve one extension of 90 days; when you hit 180 days, your requests must go to the state)
- Scheduling the exam
Learn more by visiting our state licensing FAQ section.