II. Registration and Administration of the Written Examination:
All applications for the examination are handled by the designated testing agent of the ABNM, the Professional Testing Corporation (PTC), 1350 Broadway - 17th Floor, New York, New York 10018, (212) 356-0660. (http://www.ptcny.com). PTC administers the written examination twice a year at dates listed on the ABNM (http://abnm.info) web site. The examination can only be administered on these pre-established dates. The ABNM Part I-Written examination is conducted electronically via a computer interface and is now available at numerous testing centers across the United States thus providing testing centers in convenient locations for most exam candidates. PTC can provide the locations of sites closest to your area, should there not be a local testing center.
Any applicant requiring any reasonable accommodation when taking the examination, as contemplated under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, is encouraged to contact PTC ((212) 356-0660) at least 10 business days prior to the examination date to discuss the requested accommodation.
The current fee structure is as follows:
ABNM Part I – Written Certification Examination in Neurophysiologic Monitoring - $800.
ABNM Part II – Oral Certification Examination in Neurophysiologic Monitoring - $800.
ABNM – Written Recertification Examination in Neurophysiologic Monitoring - $650.
The application to the ABNM includes multiple requirements and several items of documentation that must all be submitted to PTC in a single packet, including the examination fee and the application packet must be post-marked by the examination application deadline. Included with the application is an ABNM application checklist that must be completed and signed by each applicant to attest to the fact that all required items are included in the application packet. After receipt of application packets, PTC will review and confirm the completeness of the application packet and incomplete application packets will be returned as received to the applicant. PTC will not maintain partial or incomplete application packets and will not maintain applications from previous examinations. Upon return of incomplete applications, there will be an opportunity for applicants to provide the necessary documentation to complete their application. However, only complete applications will be accepted by PTC and all complete applications must be post-marked by the published application deadline, irrespective of whether or not an application was previously deemed incomplete and returned. A $150 portion of the application fee for ABNM Part I is a non-refundable processing fee. Refund policies are at the discretion of PTC and the Board of Directors. After successful completion of the application process, PTC will notify candidates approximately three weeks before the testing date of final assignments for testing centers by means of an Admission Notice showing the exact address to which candidates should report. This Admission Notice plus some other form of personal photo identification must be presented in order to gain admission to the testing site. A candidate not receiving an Admission Notice at least one week before the test date should contact the Professional Testing Corporation by telephone at (212) 356-0660. Changes in assignments to testing centers can be made before the examination date but new appointments will be subject to availability. The same testing procedure occurs at all sites with candidates expected to report to the testing center by 8:30 AM with the examination beginning at 9:00 AM. Four hours is allowed for the examination with an approximate ending time of 1:00 PM. Latecomers will be admitted to the examination at the discretion of the exam proctor, but will NOT be permitted to write beyond the time scheduled for completion of the examination. PTC has established the following rules for the conduct of the examination. In order to write the examination, candidates must bring several sharpened number 2 pencils with erasers. Hand-held battery or solar operated calculators are permitted, but no signaling devices, including pagers, alarms, and cellular phones may be operative during the examination. No books, electronic databases, or other reference materials may be taken into the examination room. No test materials, documents, or memoranda of any sort are to be taken from the examination room. No questions concerning content of the examination may be asked during the testing period. The candidate should listen carefully to the instructions given by the exam proctor and should read carefully the directions of the test instructions. Candidates will be notified within six weeks whether they have passed or failed the examination. Scores on the major areas of the examination and on the total examination will be reported. The ABNM will release the individual test scores ONLY to the individual candidate. Any questions concerning test results should be referred to the Professional Testing Corporation. If there are questions about the overall process or problems that cannot be resolved with PTC, please contact the ABNM. The ABNM Part I-Written Certification Examination in Neurophysiologic Monitoring may be taken as often as desired upon filing of a new application and completion of all application requirements in effect at that time and payment of any fee due at that time. There is no limit to the number of times the ABNM Part I - Written examination may be taken. The number of times the written examination has been taken and whether an individual has passed or failed the written examination will NOT be made available by PTC or the ABNM to anyone other than the individual candidate.