Step 3: Schedule

ACAT Step 3

Step 3: Register for the ACAT exam and schedule it at a testing center


Candidates can register for ACAT exams online at this website. Once registered, you have up to three exam windows to schedule and take an exam. Registrations received after the Exam window begins will be subject to a $50 late registration fee.  

Registration Fees

ABA Full Examination (Part 1 and Part 2):    $400
ABA Partial Examination (Part 1 or Part 2):   $250 
ATA Examination:                                           $250
ATP Examination:                                           $250
ARA Examination                                           $250

  • A $50 rescheduling fee will be charged to change an exam date once scheduled and all no-shows forfeit exam registration fees.
  • If you are scheduling your exam after the registration deadline for a specific exam window, there is a $50 late fee and there may be limited testing availability.

Please note that these fees are for the exams only. There is a separate $50 credential activation fee, $20 certificate fee and annual ACAT renewal fees to maintain earned ACAT credentials. More details on annual renewal fees can be found here.

Find Your Testing Center


The computer-based ABA Exam is proctored at Scantron Testing Centers across the country. Scantron offers close to 1,000 test center locations that provide testing in a proctored environment. Of the top 100 U.S. cities by population, 99% of candidates are within 15 miles of a testing center. 

Locate your testing city here

Detailed exam information and FAQs can be found here.

Exam Window

Exam Window Exam Testing Dates Early Bird Registration Registration Deadline
Fall 2019 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Summer 2020 June 15-July 15, 2020 June 13, 2020 July 1, 2020
Fall 2020 Sept. 15 – Nov. 15, 2020 Sept. 13, 2020 Nov. 1, 2020
Schedule Your Exam


ACAT computer-based exams are offered at Scantron Testing Centers across North America twice a year. 

Once your registration is processed, you will receive a Notice to Schedule/Eligibility email from Scantron that provides instructions to submit a scheduling request (such notices are sent no earlier than 45 days prior to the testing window). Once you submit your scheduling request, you will receive your Confirmation Notice from Scantron via email. This information will include your exam date and time reservation; the address and driving directions to the chosen testing site as well as instructions regarding arrival time; what to bring and not to bring; the rescheduling policy; a link to a generic sample test that demonstrates Scantron’s online testing software, PASS, and other important information. 

Rescheduling and Cancellation


If you are scheduling your exam after the registration deadline, there is a $50 late fee and there may be limited testing availability.

You may reschedule or cancel your testing appointment up to four (4) business days in advance of your testing appointment. Reschedule/cancellation requests are not accepted within four (4) business days of your scheduled testing appointment. A $50 fee will apply; the fee must be paid online at the time of the request. In the event of a "no show", the candidate will forfeit the full exam fee.