The American Board of Toxicology is excited to announce that administration of the certification examination will be conducted at computer-based testing centers beginning in 2021.
Why did the Board decide to make this change?
Electronic examination administration has been under consideration by the Board for many years, but the cost was prohibitive. With the cancellation of the 2020 examination due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board made this transition a priority. Due to uncertainty regarding local social distancing requirements and anticipated corporate travel bans, it was not feasible to schedule the 2021 examination in the five usual locations.
Will the examination still be conducted on one day?
Yes. The 2021 examination will be held on Tuesday, October 12, 2021.
How many testing centers are there? Where are they located?
ABT has contracted with a partner of an international testing company and candidates will have access to more than 600 computer-based testing locations all over the world.
How much will the examination fee be?
Applying for the ABT examination requires two fees. The application fee of $300, which is due April 30, remains unchanged and eligible candidates will still have three years of eligibility.*
The examination fee is due in any year that a candidate wishes to sit for the examination. The payment window is announced in July with the fee due by August 31. The 2021 examination fee will be $475.00.
*Candidates who were found eligible prior to 2021 have an extra year due to the 2020 cancellation.
How did the Board determine the examination fee amount?
Administration of a computer-based examination, inclusive of international testing centers, is expensive. The Board raised the fee to cover the increased costs in order for this change to remain cost-neutral to the organization. However, it is also anticipated that the overall cost to sit for the exam will be much less than in previous years for the majority of candidates. While the actual examination fee is higher, most candidates will not be incurring the significant travel costs involved in traveling to one of five sites where the examination was previously offered. In addition, travel time will be reduced or eliminated.
What happens after I apply and am found eligible?
Notice to register for the exam and pay the nonrefundable fee on the ABT website will be sent via email in July, along with a link to search available testing centers. The deadline for payment of the examination fee will be August 31, 2021. After August 31, eligible candidates who have paid the examination fee will be given instructions on how to register for their examination location and the deadline to do so. Candidates will register for their preferred testing location directly on the testing vendor’s website.
Candidates will be responsible for complying with all security requirements on the date of the examination. No refund will be given once a candidate registers for the examination.
Further details are available in the 2021 Candidate Handbook. More detail will be provided later in 2021.