Paper & Pencil Testing—What to Expect

Paper & Pencil Testing—What to Expect

Paper & Pencil Testing—What to Expect

What to Expect On Test Day at a Paper & Pencil Exam:

Please arrive at the exam site on the proper date, at the proper time, and with proper identification. Determine in advance the exact location of the test site, how to get there, and how much time it will take you to get to the site. Examinations will be given only on the date and time scheduled.

Please arrive at the test site with required reference(s), if desired, for use during the exam. Required examination references are listed with the examination outlines found in this bulletin. References for examinations are not supplied by the Code Council or the testing center.

Examinees must know, understand, and adhere to all of the regulations governing Code Council examinations as listed in this bulletin.

Arrive at the exam site at least 30 minutes before the examination is scheduled to begin. Remember, it is your responsibility to already be familiar with the regulations governing Code Council examinations. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late for your appointment, you may be refused admission and exam fees may be forfeited.

Before the Exam:

The Code Council proctor will check your identification, have you sign in, and may assign you a seat. The examination proctor will explain the procedures for taking the examination; answer questions related to taking the exam and provide notification to begin the examination.

Metal detectors may be randomly used to search examinees entering and/or leaving the exam room. You will be asked to empty all of your pockets and place personal items in a locker. Proctors may inspect all materials an examinee carries into and from the exam room. If your reference materials do not meet test site regulations (relating to tabs, pencil notes, etc.), you will not be allowed to take these references into the exam room. You will still be allowed to test, but without these materials.

During the Exam:

The Code Council randomly videotapes examination sessions.

You are not allowed to write or mark in or on your reference books during the examination. The proctor will give you a whiteboard and markers for use during the exam.

While the examination is being administered, you are not allowed to leave the building and return to the exam room. If you wish to leave the exam room for any reason, you must receive permission from the proctor and turn in all of your examination materials and references to the proctor. Only one examinee at a time is allowed outside the exam room, and you are not allowed additional test time for time spent outside the exam room. 

You are not allowed to communicate, verbally or nonverbally, with other candidates during the examination, and you may not  share references.

Each candidate will be given a packet containing an examination booklet, plans (if appropriate), an answer sheet, and a sheet for calculations. You will not need additional scratch paper. All of this material must be enclosed in the return envelope along with the original envelope and confirmed by the proctor.

Any comments pertinent to the examination or site should be recorded by you on a comment sheet available from the proctor, and mailed to ICC. Under no circumstances are examination materials to be taken from the room.

After the Exam:

If you pass your examination, you cannot retake the examination you passed except as necessary for recertification. If you do not pass your examination and wish to comment on your experience, please see the section of this bulletin titled “Feedback and Appeals Process.”





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