What is the Test Like?

The exam will test your knowledge of typical duties and job tasks. The web pages for each program offer descriptions of the areas that will be covered on the exam. The questions, all multiple-choice, are designed to be answered with little difficulty by those who regularly perform the tasks within those covered areas.

NICET test questions are submitted and reviewed by volunteer committees of technical experts. Pilot tests are used to check performance before opening an exam to the public.

Paper-and-Pencil Tests
All work element and general knowledge testing programs.
Your test will be custom-made according to the work elements you list on your application. The work element descriptions in the program detail manual will give you a good idea of what material will be tested in each work element. The examination is open-book; you may bring standards, references, and calculators (computers are not allowed). Your time limit will be based on the specific questions on your exam, and will appear in your confirmation letter as well as on the first page of your exam.

At the test center, you will receive a test booklet, a bubble-sheet answer form, and scratch paper. All test questions are multiple-choice and have a single correct answer.

Standard Model/CBT
The exam will be administered on a computer at a proctored test center managed by a test administration company. These exams are normally closed book; any exception to this policy will be stated in the test information for that program. The content outline for the program will serve as the guide to what will be covered on the test.

Each test session begins with a tutorial allowing you get used to the process. During the test, you will see one question at a time, but can move forward or backwards to view or review other questions. There may be a graphic or text box to be viewed by clicking a button. Correct answers will usually be selected by clicking the boxes next to the answers. In a few questions, you may be presented a picture and asked to click on the part of the picture that correctly answers the question. Questions may have more than one correct answer, but in those cases, you will be told how many answers to choose. You will receive your score at the conclusion of your test session.

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