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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 with Prometric.
  2. 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.
  3. Seating at computer testing centers is limited and is 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. There are more than 500 locations worldwide from which to choose.
  4. If you fail to schedule your exam within your assigned testing window, you will need to submit another application for a new testing window. Additional fees apply.

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 examination begins. Review the tutorial for your program before exam day:
  4. You will have access to a calculator, scratch paper and pencil.
  5. 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.
  6. 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: Kimberly Adams at 281-478-3698 or John Nyholt at 713-594-1746.


Testing Location

San Jacinto College 225 Campus
The San Jacinto Maritime and Technical Training Center
3234 Pasadena Freeway
Pasadena, TX 77503

Resources

SJC 225 Campus Information

It is imperative that candidates review the orientation, procedures and other documentation for the UT programs prior to exam day. Go to Programs.

Special Site PBT Overview

  1. API may be able to organize a special site paper-based test (PBT) in the event that there is not a computer testing center located within 200 miles / 322 km of a desired testing location, and if other qualifying factors apply. (See Requesting a Special Site PBT below.)
  2. All exams held at special locations are administered via paper and pencil.
  3. Admission letters are emailed from Prometric approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the exam. The letter will provide date, time and location, as well as other pertinent information.
  4. 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.
    • 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.”

Requesting A Special Site PBT

  1. Please review the policies set forth by API before requesting a special site exam. 
  2. A minimum of 12 applicants is required, and a special site fee may be charged.
  3. Special site paper-based tests need to be coordinated by a group administrator. This administrator will be the liaison between API and their group’s candidates.
  4. A special site may also be requested for groups that require an examination to be administered in a language other than English. If the exam has not already been translated, API may be able to accommodate.

What to Bring to the Exam

  1. You will be required to bring a valid government issued photo ID with a signature. The name on your Admission Letter MUST match the name on your ID. If it is not the same, contact the ICP Exam Coordinator immediately.
  2. Papers and reference materials are only allowed into API 510, 570 and 653 exams, and only during the open-book portions of the exams. Read API's Copyright Policy.
  3. You are required to bring your own No. 2 pencils, an eraser, and a non-programmable calculator (with simple functions early).
  4. All other materials, including cell phones and electronic devices, are not allowed in the examination room and will be confiscated by the test staff. 

Send all inquiries concerning special site examinations to the ICP Exam Coordinator