Before being able to take the EPPP, you must apply for licensure through the licensing authority. If the licensing authority determines that you meet the requirements for taking the test, you will be pre-approved to do so.
EPPP is a computer-based test that includes 225 multiple-choice questions, of which, 175 count toward your score. The total appointment time is 4.5 hours, while the testing time allotted is 4.25 hours.
Special testing arrangements are available for individuals with documented and approved conditions. If requesting accommodations, this must be done before registering for the exam.
Some of these accommodations include extended testing time and separate testing room.
What are the domains and topics covered on the exam? What is the percentage of multiple-choice questions for each domain?
- Biological Bases of Behavior – 10%
- Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior – 13%
- Social and Cultural Bases of Behavior – 11%
- Growth and Lifespan Development – 12%
- Assessment and Diagnosis – 16%
- Treatment, Intervention, Prevention, and Supervision – 15%
- Research Methods and Statistics – 7%
- Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues – 16%
Biological Bases of Behavior
This domain will address topics such as perception, cognition, personality, drug classification, results of drug trials, behavioral genetics, and applying brain imaging, electrophysiological, and therapeutic drug monitoring methods.
Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior
This domain will address topics such as theories of intelligence, principles of learning, theories of memory, theories of motivation, theories of emotion, cognition, how cognition and beliefs are related, and how psychosocial aspects affect cognition and beliefs.
Social and Cultural Bases of Behavior
This domain will address topics such as theories of social cognition, relationships and social interaction, group and systems processes, theories of personality, sociopolitical and cultural psychology, and aspects of oppression.
Growth and Lifespan Development
This domain will address topics such as normal growth, theories of development, family development, life events that affect development, and disorders and diseases that affect development.
Assessment and Diagnosis
This domain will address topics such as psychometric theories, assessment theories, assessment methods, differential diagnosis, criteria for selection and adaptation of assessment methods, and classification systems.
Treatment, Intervention, Prevention, and Supervision
This domain will address topics such as intervention decision-making, treatment, intervention, and prevention theories, treatment techniques, enhancing growth, consultation methods, telepsychology, how the healthcare system impacts intervention choice, and supervision theories.
Research Methods and Statistics
This domain will address topics such as sampling and data collection methods, analytic methods, statistical interpretation, critical appraisal, and evaluation strategies.
Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues
This domain will address topics such as ethical principles, professional standards, law and statutes, ethical decision-making, professional development, client and patient rights, and ethical issues related to research, supervision, and technology-assisted psychological services.
How do I register for the exam?
Once it has been determined that you are eligible to take EPPP, and you have completed the EPPP application form, you will receive an Authorization to Test document. At this time, you can go online to register for the exam and pay the associated fees.
After registration and payment are complete, you will be given 90 days to complete the exam.
What is the cost of the exam?
The fee to take the exam itself is $600. On top of this, you will be required to pay a test center appointment fee, which is an additional $87.50. These fees are payable by VISA, MasterCard, and American Express.
What are the testing dates and locations?
This exam is administered on a continuous basis, at over 275 testing centers in the United States and Canada.
What should I do the day of the exam?
Report to the testing site at least 30 minutes early. This will afford you the time needed for checking into the center. Take care not be late to the testing center, as doing so, could prevent you from being able to take the exam. If you are not allowed to take the exam due to your tardiness, you will forfeit the fees you paid.
Bring a valid form of identification with you. This ID cannot be expired or a photocopy. It is necessary that this identification include your name, signature, and photo. If not, you will not be permitted to take the exam.
Personal items cannot be taken into the testing area. Some of these items include a cell phone, calculator, other electronic devices, and food/drink.
What happens after I take the exam?
Before leaving the testing center, you will receive an unofficial score report. Within ten days of taking the exam, the official score report will be sent to your licensing authority.
What is the minimum passing score of this exam?
The score range is 200-800. The passing score for independent practice is 500, and 450 for supervised practice.
How Can I Prepare for the EPPP Exam?
That’s a great question. We’ve broken down the answer into three parts.
- Do yourself a favor and study. Do not walk in unprepared. We have recommended prep materials below, but that only helps if you actually try. Plus, studying is actually proven to be the best antidote to test anxiety.
- Take care of yourself. Make sure you’re eating well, exercising, and sleeping. All of these things are scientifically linked to brain performance. If you take care of your body, you’ll be helping your grades.
- Get a study guide or set of flashcards. Some people study better a certain way. Find your study strengths and make the most of them. We’ve tried to make it easy for you by tracking down the best study guide and flashcard set for your exam. Below you’ll see links to both!