Where to Test
Tips on choosing the right testing environment
Your choice of test environments is a matter of personal preference, convenience and comfort. This section will help you choose the right type of setting for you. There are now three different ways to take the exam. Information about each option is listed below. Choose the best fit for your needs.
1. In-person, traditional exam administrations – offered at NCCHC conferences and regional partner locations
- Paper (scantron) and pencil
- No additional cost for those making their first exam attempt
- Collegial atmosphere. Testing with colleagues and others
- Avoid technical issues associated with computerized testing; firewalls, internet connection, operating systems etc.
- Cannot completely control the environment – temperature, seating, lighting and noise level might not be to an individual’s liking
- Possibly limited due to extraneous events such as the current pandemic
- Availability only on certain dates. Less flexibility.
See upcoming dates and locations: Traditional Exam Calendar
2. Prometric Exam Centers
- Computerized exam
- Additional cost for administration
- More than 900+ locations, so likely to find one close to home or work
- Some collegial atmosphere. Testing with others, though not necessarily for the same exam
- Testing center schedules vary but can widely accommodate many different schedules
- Cannot often completely control the environment – temperature, seating, lighting and noise level might not be to an individual’s liking
- Subject to some environmental factors – closures due to weather, limited scheduling due to pandemic, etc. See COVID-19 information, including mask mandates.
- Proof of vaccination may be required. See Prometric’s information page for details.
Find an exam center near you: Prometric test center
3. Prometric Remote Proctored Exams (Online)
- Computerized online exam
- Additional cost for each administration
- Must have required computer software, webcam and reliable internet connection
- Reduced travel time. Can take exam in a familiar place such as home or work while being monitored by an off-site proctor. Must be in an office alone and work from a desk or tabletop.
- Can schedule virtually anytime, any day
- Greater control over environment
- Connectivity failures, firewalls, software can malfunction (rare)
- Power outages
See more information about online testing: Prometric Online Exam Information