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Schedule a Computer Based Test (CBT)

  1. After your application is approved, you will receive an Exam Authorization email from API with an Eligibility ID and instructions on how to schedule your exam. API computer based exams are taken at Prometric testing centers, with over 500 locations worldwide to choose from. 
    • If you require accommodations to take the exam, please review the ICP Accommodations Policy
    • The name on your API account MUST match the name on your government issued ID that you will bring to the exam. Contact API immediately if the name on your Exam Authorization email does not match your ID. 
  2. Seating at Prometric computer testing centers is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, API does not guarantee that you will obtain a seat at a specific location or on a specific day within a testing window.
  3. You will only be permitted to schedule an exam within the dates of the window you were approved for on your application. 
  4. If you fail to schedule your exam within your assigned testing window, you will need to submit another application and reschedule for a new testing window. Additional fees apply.

If you are planning on taking a remote proctored exam for the API 571, 577, 580, SIEE, SIFE, or SIRE exams, please go here

Attention: To see the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on ICP and exam scheduling, please view our COVID-19 section for the latest updates. 


Rescheduling / Canceling a CBT

Within the parameters listed below, you may reschedule an exam appointment in the same testing window on the Prometric website. Contact API to cancel an exam appointment.

  1. You may reschedule your exam within the same testing window (at no cost) 30 days or more before your currently scheduled exam appointment. 
  2. Rescheduling within the same window or canceling with Prometric between 5 and 29 days before your scheduled exam appointment will incur a $70 fee, payable directly to Prometric.
  3. You may not reschedule or cancel your exam less than five (5) days before your scheduled exam appointment.
  4. Once your exam is scheduled with Prometric, you may not change your exam to a new testing window. Even if you cancel your exam with Prometric and pay the additional fee of $70, you will still need to submit a reschedule application in the ICP Portal and additional fees apply.

Candidates may cancel an application with API under certain conditions, and may be eligible for a partial refund. Refer to Policies.


What to Expect on Exam Day

  1. Test Center Regulations –  Includes ID requirements, what to bring to the testing center, and what is expected of candidates.
  2. Papers and reference books are not allowed in computer testing centers.  
  3. There will be a brief tutorial on the computer-based testing experience before the exam begins. Please note that the certification name and number of questions will reflect your specific exam on exam day. Review the tutorial for your program below:
  4. The majority of exam questions will be in the multiple-choice, single-answer format. Alternative Item Types (AITs) will be gradually introduced into all exams. These include Drag and Drop, Ordered Response, Multiple Response and Matching. Please review AIT FAQs for additional information. 
  5. You will have access to a calculator, scratch paper and pencil.
  6. Prometric testing centers feature superb security procedures. To preview the check-in procedures at one of their testing centers, view their YouTube video.
    • Biometric fingerprint screening is required only in the country of India.
  7. Candidates will receive preliminary score reports via email from Prometric within 24 hours of testing. 
  8. Update: Due to the global situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Prometric has implemented Social Distancing Procedures in all of their testing locations for the health and safety of everyone. Please review the document prior to arriving at the test center to familiarize yourself with the new procedures. 

API is now offering remote proctored exams through Prometric's remote testing platform, ProProctor. Beginning with the November 2020 exam window, the following exams will be available through ProProctor: API 571, 577, 580, SIFE, SIRE and SIEE. 

ProProctor allows candidates to test from home with the proper internet connection and computer setup. Scheduling for remote proctored exams is the same process as for in-person testing. Candidates can still take these exams in person at Prometric testing centers, but remotely proctored exams offers a virtual option for those interested.


Schedule a Remote Proctored Exam

  1. After your application is approved, you will receive an Exam Authorization email from API with an Eligibility ID and instructions on how to schedule your exam through Prometric's scheduling website
    • The name on your API account MUST match the name on your government issued ID that you will use during the exam. Contact API immediately if the name on your Exam Authorization email does not match your ID. 
  2. Once on Prometric's website, select the "Remote Schedule" link on the left side panel and follow the steps to schedule your exam. 
  3. You will only be permitted to schedule an exam within the dates of the window you were approved for on your application. 
  4. If you fail to schedule your exam within your assigned testing window, you will need to submit another application and reschedule for a new testing window. Additional fees apply.

Computer Compatibility 

To use Prometric's ProProctor system, candidates must do the following:

  1. Perform a Systems Readiness Check to verify that your laptop or desktop meets the minimum requirements for a remote exam. 
    • ICP recommends you complete this step prior to scheduling your remote exam to verify you are able to successfully test. 
    • Additional fees may apply for any last minute exam cancellations or delays due to computer compatibility issues.
  2. Download and install the ProProctor Program Application on the computer you will be using to take the exam. 

Please review the ProProctor User Guide for details about the ProProctor system.


Rescheduling / Canceling a Remote Proctored Exam

Within the parameters listed below, you may reschedule an exam appointment in the same testing window on the Prometric website. Contact API to cancel an exam appointment.

  1. You may reschedule your exam within the same testing window (at no cost) 30 days or more before your currently scheduled exam appointment. 
  2. Rescheduling within the same window or canceling with Prometric between 5 and 29 days before your scheduled exam appointment will incur a $70 fee, payable directly to Prometric.
  3. You may not reschedule or cancel your exam less than five (5) days before your scheduled exam appointment.
  4. Once your exam is scheduled with Prometric, you may not change your exam to a new testing window. Even if you cancel your exam with Prometric and pay the additional fee of $70, you will still need to submit a reschedule application in the ICP Portal and additional fees apply.

Candidates may cancel an application with API under certain conditions, and may be eligible for a partial refund. Refer to Policies.


What to Expect on Exam Day

  1. Watch Prometric's What to Expect video to prepare for exam day.  
  2. A virtual proctor will be monitoring candidates throughout the entire exam process.
  3. Papers and reference material are not allowed while taking the exam. 
  4. You will have access to a digital calculator and digital scratch paper on your computer screen during the exam. 
  5. There will be a brief tutorial on your computer before the exam begins. Please note that the certification name and number of questions will reflect your specific exam on exam day. Review the tutorial for your program below:
  6. The majority of exam questions will be in the multiple-choice, single-answer format. Alternative Item Types (AITs) will be gradually introduced into all exams. These include Drag and Drop, Ordered Response, Multiple Response and Matching. Please review AIT FAQs for additional information. 
  7. Candidates will receive preliminary score reports via email from Prometric within 24 hours of testing. 

Preliminary Scores

ICP offers preliminary score results following all computer-based exams. Candidates will receive preliminary score reports via email from Prometric within 24 hours of testing. 

Preliminary results for all exams have two levels:

  • Preliminary Pass - Your score preliminarily falls into the passing range.
  • Preliminary Not Pass/Marginal - Additional analysis will be conducted to confirm and finalize your score and determine whether you passed or failed. Please do not reschedule until final results are released. 

Score reports can be viewed online by visiting https://scorereports.prometric.com. Please have your Prometric exam confirmation number ready to access your scores. 

Scores are not final until all candidate exam challenges have been reviewed by a committee of subject matter experts and adjustments, if any, are made.

Please note: Effective with the August 2018 exam window, preliminary score reports will not be displayed on screen, nor will a printout be provided after the exam.  


Scaled Scoring

The purpose of scaled scores is to report scores for all candidates on a consistent scale by taking the raw score and calculating it to a common scale. This method ensures that scores can be fairly and accurately compared across various versions of exam forms or tests taken on different dates.  In other words, the total number of correctly answered questions that correspond to the passing scaled score may be slightly different per form. Following the credentialing industry’s best practices, API also utilizes multiple forms during the same exam period. To achieve comparability within these forms, API has implemented scaled score reporting for all exams.

In order to ensure uniformity, the same scale is used across all ICP exams. Prometric uses a scale from 200 to 500 to accommodate all test lengths for ICP certifications. The passing scaled score for all exams is 400, which takes into account previous exam data of raw scores and percentage of correct answers. Scaled scores on different forms will be equivalent and interchangeable. This means that if two candidates taking different forms receive the same scaled score, the two candidates have achieved the same level of performance on the exam. Score reports emailed to candidates will not include number of questions answered correctly but their converted scaled score.


Equating Process

The equating process that API uses for the 510, 570, 653, 1169 and TES exams has not changed. Equating essentially adjusts the passing scaled score of each examination to compensate for differences in the difficulty level of the different exam forms. Thus, the passing scaled score always represents the minimum knowledge required and the absolute knowledge standard is held constant. Though test forms are designed to be as similar as possible, slight differences do occur. Equating helps to maintain their reliability over time and across test forms. For example, if two examinees achieve the same scaled score on two different test forms, they will have demonstrated the same knowledge. 


Final Score Results

Candidates will not be certified until final exam results are released. Final results will be emailed from Prometric 6-8 weeks following the end of the testing window. Please allow 72 hours after you receive your score report for the results to be uploaded into your ICP Portal  account online.

  • A hard copy certificate and wallet card will be mailed out approximately 2-4 weeks after the results have been released.
  • Print copies of your certificates and wallet cards directly from your API account in the ICP Portal in two ways:
    • Select "Account" tab along the top of your account and then click on the red links labeled "Print Certificate" and "Print Wallet Card".
    • Select "Certifications" tab along the top of your account and then click on the red links labeled "Print Certificate" and "Print Wallet Card".



Ultrasonic Testing Exam Information

  1. Exams for the Qualification of Ultrasonic Testing Examiners certification programs are administered using the performance demonstration method and are held in five-day testing sessions six times a year.
  2. Special site requests for Ultrasonic Testing require additional steps and time. Please follow the guidelines in the policy document below.
  3. After your application is approved, API will schedule your exam within the testing session that you have chosen and notify you via email with the exam details.
  4. API reserves the right to cancel or reduce the number of days in any testing session based on the number of applications received.
  5. Space for performance demonstration exams is limited and is on a first-come-first-served basis, so don’t delay in submitting your application.
  6. Test results will be emailed from API approximately 4-6 weeks after your exam date.
    • A paper certificate and wallet card will be mailed out approximately 2-4 weeks after the results have been released.
    • Print copies of your certificates and wallet cards directly from your API account in the ICP Portal. Select “Certifications” tab along the top of your account and then click on the red links labeled: “Print Certificate” and “Print Wallet Card.”

Contact Information

Your principal contact for the Ultrasonic Testing examinations is API. Contact Valeen Young, API Program Assistant, with all questions concerning the exam location, dates, and results, as well as any questions/comments about the administration of the exam.

If you have last-minute questions concerning directions to the exam, please call a San Jacinto College representative: John Suarez at 281-542-2092 or John Nyholt at 713-594-1746.


Testing Location

SJC Center for Petrochemical, Energy & Technology
C-45 Room 1407
7901 West Fairmont Parkway
Pasadena, TX 77505

Orientation Materials

Please review the orientation, procedures and other documentation for UT programs prior to exam day. Visit Programs for additional details. 

Special Site Overview

  1. API may be able to organize a special site exam if there are a minimum of 50 applicants without a computer testing center located within 200 miles (322 km) of a desired testing location and if other qualifying factors apply. 
  2. Candidates will not be certified until final results from the exam window are released. Final results will be emailed from Prometric 6-8 weeks following the end of the testing window.
    • A paper certificate and wallet card will be mailed out approximately 2-4 weeks after the results have been released.
    • Print copies of your certificates and wallet cards directly from your API account in the ICP Portal. Select “Certifications” tab along the top of your account and then click on the red links labeled: “Print Certificate” and “Print Wallet Card.”
  3. Review the Special Site Request Policy if you are interested in setting up a special site. 

Exam Translations

  1. Candidates may request any ICP exam to be administered in a language other than in English. If the exam has not already been translated, API may be able to accommodate. 
  2. Translations are already provided for the following exam administrations:
    • Chinese and Spanish translations for API 510/570/653 exams
    • Korean translations for API 510/570 exams
  3. Review the Language Translation Policy for guidelines and how to request a translation.