The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) administers the Assistive Technology Certification (ATP) exam. The ATP certification shows the holder has a competence in evaluating the needs of consumers with disabilities, assisting in choosing assistive devices or technology for the consumer, and training the consumer in the ways the technology or device works.
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ATP Exam Eligibility
There are different eligibility requirements depending on your degree:
ATP Exam Outline
The ATP exam contains 200 multiple-choice questions and has a time limit of 4 hours.
The exam is split into five content domains:
- Assessment of Need (29%)
- Development of Intervention Strategies – Action Plan (29%)
- Implementation of Intervention (Once Funded) (23%)
- Evaluation of Intervention (Follow-up) (19%)
- Professional Conduct (these questions are interspersed throughout the other domains)
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ATP Exam Registration
To register for the exam, you must submit an application on the RESNA website along with a $100 application fee (there is no fee for RESNA members). It will take up to three weeks for your application to be reviewed.
Once your application has been reviewed and accepted, you will receive information about how to schedule your exam appointment with Prometric. It is highly recommended to schedule your exam as soon as you receive confirmation of your application approval because the appointments fill up rapidly. You might need to arrange your exam at a different location if your preferred testing center is unavailable on the day of the exam.
Before taking the exam, you will need to pay the $500 examination fee.
The regulations and procedures for test day at Prometric Testing Centers are very strict. If you do not follow the regulations and procedures you can be asked to leave, and you won’t be able to take your ATP exam.
Here is what you can expect:
- You will be asked to sign in before the test and sign out after the test.
- You will be asked for two forms of valid identification that contain your photograph, signature, and your full name.
- You will be assigned a locker for you to store your personal belongings during the test.
- You cannot leave the test center building for the duration of the test.
- You will be assigned your seat, and you cannot leave your seat during the test.
- You will be provided paper and pen, even for computerized tests. Leave your personal paper and pens in your locker.
The passing score for the ATP exam is 73.5%, meaning you have to correctly answer at least 147 questions out of 200 to pass.
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How to Study for the ATP Exam
How to Study Effectively
Your success on ATP test day depends not only on how many hours you put into preparing but also on whether you prepared the right way. It’s good to check along the way to see whether your studying is paying off. One of the most effective ways to do this is by taking ATP practice tests to evaluate your progress. Practice tests are useful because they show exactly where you need to improve. Every time you take a free ATP exam practice test, pay special attention to these three groups of questions:
- The questions you got wrong
- The ones you had to guess on, even if you guessed right
- The ones you found difficult or slow to work through
This will show you exactly what your weak areas are and where you need to devote more study time. Ask yourself why each of these questions gave you trouble. Was it because you didn’t understand the material? Was it because you didn’t remember the vocabulary? Do you need more repetitions on this type of question to build speed and confidence? Dig into those questions and figure out how you can strengthen your weak areas as you go back to review the material.
Additionally, many ATP practice tests have a section explaining the answer choices. It can be tempting to read the explanation and think that you now have a good understanding of the concept. However, an explanation likely only covers part of the question’s broader context. Even if the explanation makes sense, go back and investigate every concept related to the question until you’re positive you have a thorough understanding.
Comprehend Each Topic
As you go along, keep in mind that the ATP practice test is just that: practice. Memorizing these questions and answers will not be very helpful on the actual test because it is unlikely to have any of the same exact questions. If you only know the right answers to the sample questions, you won’t be prepared for the real thing. Study the concepts until you understand them fully, and then you’ll be able to answer any question that shows up on the test.
Strategy for ATP Practice
When you’re ready to start taking practice tests, follow this strategy:
- Remove Limitations. Take the first test with no time constraints and with your notes and ATP study guide handy. Take your time and focus on applying the strategies you’ve learned.
- Time Yourself. Take the second practice test “open book” as well, but set a timer and practice pacing yourself to finish in time.
- Simulate Test Day. Take any other practice tests as if it were test day. Set a timer and put away your study materials. Sit at a table or desk in a quiet room, imagine yourself at the testing center, and answer questions as quickly and accurately as possible.
- Keep Practicing. Keep taking practice tests on a regular basis until you run out of practice tests or it’s time for the actual test. Your mind will be ready for the schedule and stress of test day, and you’ll be able to focus on recalling the material you’ve learned.
How many questions are on the ATP Written exam?
There are 300 multiple-choice questions on the exam.
How long is the ATP Written exam?
The time limit for the exam is 4 hours.
What is the passing score for the ATP Written exam?
To pass the exam, you must answer at least 73.5% of the questions correctly.
How much does the ATP Written exam cost?
The examination fee is $500, and there is an added $100 application fee for applicants who are not RESNA members.