Exam Information

Scheduling and Taking the Exam

First Time Applicants

The BCPA examination is administered two times a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Eligibility, once approved, is valid for the first available testing window. If you are unable or do not wish to take the exam in the first available testing window after your application is approved, you may request a move to the next exam window. If you wish to defer to a later cycle, you must pay a non-refundable deferral fee. You may only defer one time, after which, if you have not tested, you must submit a new application and pay the published fees at that time.

To Schedule an Exam

Step 1:  Log into your BCPA (Prolydian) account. Refer to this page for more instruction.

Step 2:  Choose the “Schedule” button on your Exams dashboard to select an exam date and time.

Step 3:  Wait for an appointment confirmation email listing your test date, testing time and instructions for setting up your Examity profile (You must set up a profile with Examity before taking the BCPA exam!).

Step 4:  Contact support+pacb@prolydian.com if you encounter problems scheduling your exam or if you need to modify your Prolydian or Examity account profile name to match your Photo ID.

Cancellation & Rescheduling

You may cancel or reschedule up to 48 hours before your appointment at no cost. If, however, you cancel your appointment with less than 48 hours’ notice, or if you miss your appointment, show up late or provide inadequate identification, you will not be able to make a new appointment without paying an additional testing fee. Prolydian will send you a confirmation email each time you reschedule or cancel an appointment. See fee schedule.



IMPORTANT! Carefully Review Instructions to Ensure a Smooth Exam Experience!



Exam Format


  • 150 multiple-choice questions covering the 7 domains (25 are pilot questions and are not scored
  • 3 hours to complete the exam
  • Remotely Proctored computer-based exam
  • English language only
  • Based on the US Healthcare System – (international candidates are welcome to apply)

Exam Content


  • Scope of Practice and Transparency (12%)
  • Empowerment, Autonomy, Rights, and Equity (18%)
  • Communication and Interpersonal Relationships (19%)
  • Healthcare Access, Finance, and Management (14%)
  • Medical Knowledge and the Healthcare System (10%)
  • Professionalism, Professional Development, and Practice (5%)
  • Ethical, Legal, and Practice Standards (22%)

Remotely Proctored

The BCPA certification exam is a computer-based test (CBT) administered via Examity throughout the United States and across the globe. Examity is a secure and reliable online proctoring solution that gives candidates the flexibility and safety to take the exam remotely. It provides certification boards like PACB with robust security features to prevent cheating and preserve the integrity of the credential.

Before Your Exam

Prior to beginning your exam, you must complete your Examity profile setup, including the upload of a copy of a government issued Photo ID. You MUST complete the profile setup and computer requirements check prior to beginning your exam. Follow the steps below to complete your profile setup:

  • Log into your Prolydian account at https://app.prolydian.com.
  • Click the “Access my examity account” button from your Prolydian exams dashboard.
  • Click the “My profile” button.
  • Click the “Edit” button in the Account Information section, add your phone number, and then click Save.
  • Upload a photo of your government issued ID in the examiSHOW section and then click the Upload button.
  • Click the “Edit” button in the examiKNOW section. Select your security questions, provide your responses, and then click Save.
  • Click the “Edit” button in the examiKEY section. Provide the required typed input and then click Save.

Day of Your Exam

On the day of your exam, you may access your exam up to 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. To access your exam:


  • Log into your Prolydian account.
  • Click the “Access my examity account” button from your Prolydian exams dashboard.
  • Click the “Start exam” button.
  • Install the Examity extension by following the instructions on the exam start page.
  • Click the “Connect to proctor” button.
  • If you experience any issues that require technical assistance, please contact Prolydian support at support+pacb@prolydian.com. All other inquiries should be directed to help@pacboard.org.