• The purpose of this tutorial is to review the format of the examination questions and to provide information on how to use the software that provides the computer-based exam.

    General Information

    The computerized examination system is easy to understand and requires little or no prior computer experience. Each individual candidate is responsible for familiarizing themselves with the computerized examination system.

    The tutorial will familiarize you with the computerized examination system before exam day. It will show the format of the examination questions and how to use the features of the system including how to view questions, select answers, review marked and incomplete questions, and end the examination.

    The exam is administered during a seven (7) hour testing session, which consists of an online tutorial (up to 10 minutes), four 1 1/2-hour test periods, an optional break after any section (up to 50 minutes), and a post-test survey if time is available within testing session. Timing for the examination will be as follows:

    10 Minutes


    1 1/2 Hours

    Examination Block 1

    1 1/2 Hours

    Examination Block 2

    1 1/2 Hours

    Examination Block 3

    1 1/2 Hours

    Examination Block 4


    Post-Examination Survey

    Important! When the "End Block" dialog box is selected in both the tutorial and examination sessions, a warning (You are about to end the block!) will appear alerting you that you are about to exit that Exam Block.

    ABPTS Tutorial End of Block Warning

    Once you exit the Block, you will no longer be able to further review questions or change answers within that Block.

    Likewise when you click on the "Exit Block" dialog box in the second, third and fourth examination blocks you will receive the same warning pop-up and once exited, will not be able to return to that section to review or make changes.

    System and Software Requirements

    • Windows 7 or higher
    • Mac–Mavericks or higher

    Tutorial Access & Resources

    Examination Tutorial and Sample Items

    Additional Tips and Helpful Resources

    Sample Items Answer Key (.pdf)

    Load Time of Flash Video in the Tutorial
    Loading the flash video in the tutorial may take some time to load. The video could take up to 10 to 15 seconds, in some cases a little longer. This issue will be addressed in the future when we implement a full featured version of the web-based tutorial that is optimized for the web. Thank you for your patience.

    Session Time Out
    If you leave your browser open, but do not interact with the application for 30 minutes or longer, the webpage will become unresponsive. You will then have to close the browser, open a new one, return to the ABPTS's website and click on the tutorial/sample examination link and start over.

  • Last Updated: 11/15/2019
    Contact: spec-cert@apta.org