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Exam Description

The CESP™ examination is a multiple-choice examination delivered via computer-based testing across the US, through the use of a testing vendor. The examination is given in English only. Examination application forms, fees, deadlines, and other instructions are published in the candidate handbook and on the website. 

The question is a 3-hour examination (not including check-in and set-up time), with 135 questions. Of the questions on the examination, 115 are scored and 20 are considered “pre-test” for the ESPCC to gather statistics for future examination development. 

Strategies for Taking Multiple Choice Exams

→ Read each question carefully before choosing the single best response. 
→ Pace yourself; the length of time it takes you to take the exam versus another person will differ. Take your time. 
→ If you are not sure about an answer, make an educated guess. Your score is based on the total number of correct answers.  
→ Responses are in random order.  Looking for patterns won’t help you. 
The CESP™ exam is a scenario-based exam based on the skills and information an employment support professional uses every day.  The test presents fictional situations similar to those typically encountered by employment specialists.  Test takers must select the most appropriate and effective strategy for the scenario.  The exam assesses the candidate’s ability to apply knowledge to context rather than their ability to memorize facts. The exam assesses the candidate’s ability to apply knowledge to context rather than their ability to memorize facts. The test presents fictional situations similar to those typically encountered by employment specialists in a variety of job roles or practice settings. 
For each question, test takers must select the most appropriate and effective strategy for the scenario based on their knowledge of Employment First best practices that support community-based, integrated employment.

The content for the exam is determined based on the recommended content outline and content area weights developed from the job analysis and based on recommendations from psychometric consultant(s).  The final content outline and corresponding content weights are approved by the ESPCC.


DID you know that there are now two (!!) practice tests available for purchase on the Kryterion Webassessor site??
Each 25-question practice exam is comprised of questions written and approved for the CESP Examination. These questions have not been used on the examination and are to be used as a sample examination. Resources are provided, including links and references for each question.
By taking this practice test, APSE does not endorse or imply that these preparatory materials are the best or the only means for preparing adequately for the certification examination. There is no advantage given to candidates who participate in this practice test. 
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