The format for the ABVLM Certification Exam is approximately 200 multiple-choice questions issued in a four-hour, computer-based exam format. No essay or oral responses are required. For an outline of the percentages allotted to each topic, download the Exam Content Outline.
All questions are presented one at a time on the computer screen. Candidates use the Next and Previous buttons to move between questions. Candidates can leave questions unanswered and return to them later. All exams are timed. Candidates are not timed on individual questions, but are allowed a specified amount of time to complete the exam. During the exam, candidates can mark questions that they want to review later.
There are two, scheduled (up to) 15-minute breaks: one after 75 items are answered, and one after 150 items are answered. This creates three distinct "sections" for the exam. Prior to finishing a section and taking an optional break, candidates can review the questions they marked for review, along with any other question in the exam since the previous break, and they can change their answers. Time spent during any review is counted against the exam clock; but any break time is not counted against the four-hour exam time clock.
In addition to the two, optional, 15-minute scheduled breaks, candidates can take unscheduled breaks as frequently as they want, but the exam clock does not stop running during an unscheduled break and this break time is counted against their four-hour exam time.
Exams end as soon as one of the following occurs:
For the 2021 certification cycle and later, the ABVLM has added remote proctoring to the examination options. Pearson VUE uses their OnVUE system for remote exam delivery, monitoring, and proctoring. For details on this option, please review the OnVUE summary and FAQs information linked below. The format of the exam is identical in both a test center and a remote proctored exam setting.