The Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) will begin offering on-demand testing for the Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) and Certified Polysomnographic Technician (CPSGT) exams beginning June 12. The new format will allow candidates to test on a date of their choosing and receive pass/fail notification immediately after completing the exam.
Applications for the RPSGT and CPSGT exams will be available on April 16 at www.brpt.org and can be submitted at any point after that date. Approved candidates may schedule to test on any date after June 12—the launch date for on-demand testing.
“From the perspective of the BPRT Executive Office, the move to on-demand testing is really about candidate/customer service,” said John Ganoe, CAE, BRPT executive director. “What our candidates have asked for most often is more opportunities to test and—even more frequently— quick delivery of results. On-demand addresses both those candidate concerns. And fixed testing windows have concentrated candidate activity in compressed periods of time, hindering the ability of our small staff to deliver quality customer service. We believe the flexibility of on-demand testing will enable us to be more responsive to individual candidates and, overall, raise our level of direct candidate service.”
The BRPT has also announced a $100 fee increase for the RPSGT exam—the first increase in RPSGT exam fees in 5 years. The fee for the RPSGT will be $450 beginning April 16. The exam fee for CPSGT candidates remains at $240.
“A price increase is always difficult news, and we have worked to hold the RPSGT exam fee steady for a long time,” said Janice East, RPSGT, R. EEG T., BRPT president. “The price increase comes, however, as we move to an on-demand testing model, providing our candidates with a great deal of flexibility in exam scheduling. Most significantly, this model will provide our candidates with immediate—real time—delivery of their exam results.”
Once authorized to take the RPSGT or CPSGT exam, candidates will be able to test on a date of their choosing. Approvals are valid until the CPR card submitted to establish eligibility expires, or up to a maximum of 1 year from the date of approval. Candidates who are unsuccessful on one exam attempt will be able to reapply immediately and will be able to retest after a limited waiting period.
In the on-demand testing model, once a candidate completes the computer-based exam, a pass/fail notification will immediately appear on the computer screen. The candidates will then ask the test center administrator to print out a detailed results report that the candidates will be able to take with them when they leave the Pearson VUE testing center. The BRPT will then be notified of final candidate results and will send a pass/fail kit within 15 days of the test date.
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