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Exam sittings are available in person and online from April to September, with additional in-person exams held at the ATA Annual Conference.

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  • Only specific resources are permitted for use during an exam. See list of resources.
  • Exam sittings have a maximum capacity and can sell out. There are no waitlists for sold-out exams.
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  • You must register by the deadline. See exam details for the specific deadline.

In-Person Exams

If an exam is not available in your area, contact your local chapter to request one.

Certification Exam: In-Person

October 12 / 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
Los Angeles, California
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Certification Exam: In-Person

October 15 / 8:30 am - 11:30 am PDT
Los Angeles, California
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No more in-person exams will be scheduled for 2022.

Additional exams will be scheduled for April 2023 and will be posted as they are confirmed.

Online Exams

If an exam is not available in your area, you have the option to take the exam at home.

The deadline to register for an online exam was August 22, 2022. Registration will open on April 30, 2023.

Progress Toward a Remote Testing Model of ATA’s Certification Exam

By The ATA Chronicle | March 7, 2021

What’s happening with at-home testing? This question is on the minds of many members as ATA works to address the effects of the pandemic on our current in-person certification exam model. We’re excited to provide this update on the process involved in revamping our delivery method and the progress made…

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How to Prepare for the Exam

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Take a Practice Test

The practice test is an excellent way to measure your readiness for the exam. It consists of an exam passage from a previous year and is designed to provide a practical introduction to the nature of the exam and how errors are marked. Read more here.

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