Exam Day


Computer-based testing exam appointments are made based on the operating schedule of each testing center. Candidates have four hours in which to complete the exam. 

At the discretion of the site administrator, candidates may be admitted to the exam up to 20 minutes late. Late arrivals will be required to sign a statement acknowledging that they will receive no extra time to complete the exam. 

What To Bring:

Admissions Document

The test administration agency will email an admissions document to each approved candidate. You must present this document to be admitted to the testing site. The name on the admissions document must match that on your ID.

Personal Identification

To gain admittance to the examination room, all candidates are required to present a government-issued photo identification. Acceptable forms of identification include a valid driver’s license, passport, and military identification cards. The name on your ID must match that on the admissions document.

Approved Accommodations Document

If you have been pre-approved for special testing accommodations, please see the proctor at the time of check-in and present the confirmation email sent by the Association of Child Life Professionals specifying the accommodations that have been approved.

What Not To Bring (Restricted Items):

Candidates are asked to bring as few items as possible to the test center.

Books (including all types of dictionaries), papers, calculators, slide rules, rulers, pagers, telephones.

No food or beverages (including water) will be allowed in the testing room unless prior approval has been received for medical reasons. You must submit a Special Testing Accommodations request form at least 2 weeks prior to the exam registration deadline to request this approval. This form is included in the exam registration confirmation email. 

The Association of Child Life Professionals is not responsible for personal items brought to the testing center.

During the Examination

Candidates may use the restroom or water fountain during the exam. Only one person will be permitted to leave the room at a time, and candidates will not be permitted to make up the time lost while away from the exam. If you wish to use the restroom or drinking fountain, raise your hand, and the proctor will assist you.


Examinees will be given the opportunity to comment on the examination administration, content, or any of its elements prior to leaving the examination room. Exam proctors will provide instruction on this process. We constantly work to improve the testing process, and we strongly encourage candidates to provide feedback prior to leaving the testing room.

Computer-based testing carries an inherent risk of connectivity issues.  Candidates who experience technical difficulties that affect their performance must report these to the proctor immediately (prior to receiving their exam result) and contact Schroeder Measurement Technologies, Inc.  immediately after leaving the testing center to report the problem.

Any concerns about the testing site and/or proctors should be reported immediately and noted on the exit survey at the end of the examination and before receipt of the exam results.


Examination Security

Any candidate who gives or receives assistance, or whose behavior is disruptive during the examination, will be required to leave the room. The candidate’s answers will not be scored, and the situation will be reported to the Child Life Certification Commission. Any candidate who observes inappropriate behavior should report it to testing administrators. In order to detect potential fraud, the performance of all candidates is monitored and may be analyzed statistically.

The entire item (question) bank, examination materials, and each form of the examination are the property of the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP). Distribution of exam content or materials through any form of reproduction, including oral and written communication, is strictly prohibited and punishable by law. Any individual who removes or attempts to remove examination material from the test site will be prosecuted; this includes memorization of exam questions.

Discussion of exam content with other candidates following the exam is considered a breach of examination security. 

Test development and security requirements prevent ACLP from releasing test questions or other specific exam content to anyone, under any circumstances.

Examination Day Absences

Refunds will be approved only if the absence is the result of a documented personal or medical emergency. Absences are reviewed by the Child Life Certification Commission on a case-by-case basis. Refund requests must be received in writing with supporting documentation detailing the reason for absence within 14 days of the exam date. CLCC reserves the right to verify any information submitted regarding exam day absence. If the absence is excused, payment for the exam will be refunded, less a $25 USD application processing fee.

Inclement Weather

Test administration will be delayed or canceled only in emergencies. If severe weather or natural disaster makes the testing center inaccessible or unsafe, the test administration may be canceled. Candidates who cannot safely reach the test site because of severe weather conditions and wish to request a refund of the examination fee, must send the written request with documentation of the weather conditions to the Association of Child Life Professionals within 14 days of the exam date. ACLP will evaluate the circumstances on a case-by-case basis.