Exam Details and Registration

2016 testing window: November 1 - December 15, 2016 - DEADLINE to register for the Fall 2016 testing window is October 30, 2016

2017 testing window: June 1 - July 15, 2017 & November 1 - December 15, 2017


3 Steps to Earn an ACAT Credential 

1. Register for an ACAT Exam: After registering you will receive an email with details on scheduling your exam date and time.  If you are scheduling your exam late in the testing window there may be limited testing availability

2. Pass the Exam:
Get the Study Materials 
Read below for more information about exam dates, scheduling, rescheduling, and the appeals and confidentiality policies

3. Earn Your Credential:
After passing the ACAT exam you will receive information on how to activate your credential



Additional Exam Information

Scheduling your exam date and time

Once your registration is processed, you will receive a confirmation authorization email with information on setting up your exam date and testing site. 

Castle Locations

ACAT computer based exams are offered at Castle test centers in North America. 
Locate your testing city here 

Rescheduling Policy

You must test within the testing window stated on the Authorization-To-Test (ATT), which you receive after your submitted Registration Form is successfully processed.

A candidate may cancel or reschedule his or her testing session up to four (4) business days in advance of his or her testing session by accessing Castel's scheduling system and paying the cancellation or rescheduling fee by credit card. Provided the request is made four (4) or more business days in advance of the testing appointment, Castle will charge the candidate a cancellation/reschedule fee.  If the request is made fewer than for (4) business days of to the testing appointment, or the candidate is a "no show" the candidate will still be charged the full exam fee.  

Appeals Policy

Details on the Appeals Policy can be found here: ACAT Appeals Policy

Confidentiality Policy

ACAT is committed to protecting confidential information related to applicants, candidates, and certificants. Confidential materials include, but are not limited to: an individual’s application, application status, personal applicant /certificant information, exam items and answers, exam forms, and individual exam scores. 

Personal information about a candidate/certificant will only be released to that candidate/certificant if release of the information is authorized in writing by the individual or is required by law. Personal information submitted by applicant /certificants with an application or renewal application is considered confidential. Personal information retained within the applicant/certificant database will be kept confidential. 

Examination scores are released only to the examination candidate unless a signed release is provided in writing by the individual or is required by law.

Nondiscrimination Policy

ACAT does not discriminate against any candidate for certification on the basis of race, color, creed, age, gender, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, parental status, ancestry, sexual orientation, military discharge status or source of income, or any other status protected by law. All candidates for certification will be judged solely on the criteria determined by the ACAT Board of Directors. 

Special Accommodations

ACAT complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for candidates and requests that the PSI testing centers and authorized Capstone facilities provide reasonable accommodations for candidates with a disability covered by this Act. Candidates requiring special accommodations must contact the ACAT before scheduling the examination. Arrangements for special accommodations may take up to 30 days to coordinate. Requests for accommodations are reviewed by the Vice President to ensure the request can be processed without jeopardizing the integrity or security of the examination. The Vice President, or staff designee, communicate with the candidate to ensure all processes and procedures are explained and that a testing appointment is scheduled to accommodate their needs accordingly.

Candidates must indicate their special accommodations request on the ACAT Registration Form. 

Release of Information

The names of certified individuals are not considered confidential and may be published by the ACAT.
Aggregate examination statistics (including the number of examination candidates, pass/fail rates, and total number of certificants) are made available on the ACAT website. Aggregate examination statistics, studies and reports concerning applicants/certificants contain no information identifiable with any applicant/certificant.

Record Retention

ACAT retains all examination forms, examination development documents, examination results, examination items, active examination application information, and active applicant/candidate/certificants data indefinitely. 

Examination fees

ABA Examination:
Full Exam: Practice 1 and Practice 2 

ABA Examination:
One Part: Practice 1 or Practice 2

ATA Examination

ATP Examination