My Exam Day Is Here! What Do I Need to Do?
You’ve finished your studies, scheduled your ACE exam at a computer-based testing location and now that exam date is just around the corner. You probably have a ton of questions, such as what to bring, what to expect and how soon you will get your results. This blog post answers all of those pre-exam day questions and more, so sit down, relax and read on!
Email Confirmation vs. Admission Ticket
I registered for my exam and I was sent an order receipt and a confirmation email. Which one am I supposed to bring with me on exam day?
The answer is neither. Your order receipt will show the amount you paid (or zero if you utilized an exam voucher). This receipt is for your financial records only and the confirmation email lets you know that the site, date and time you selected is available and confirmed.
So where is my admission ticket?
Once you are logged in to your ACE account, you can locate your admission ticket by clicking on the “My Exam Information” link. Your admission ticket can be printed from this area as soon as your registration is confirmed up until the day of your exam.
Exam is Showing “On Hold”
I’ve followed the instructions in my confirmation email to access my admission ticket, and my exam says there is a hold. Is there a problem?
No need to panic. There is nothing wrong with your exam registration, but you have been selected as part of the ACE CPR/AED audit. Follow the instructions sent to you in a separate email for instructions on how to clear this hold. Your admission ticket is still accessible and may be printed while we wait for your CPR/AED card to be submitted to the ACE Exam Registration Department. You will be permitted to sit for your exam even if your CPR/AED card has not yet reached us, but remember that if you do pass the exam, you are not officially an ACE-certified Professional until we can verify this information.
What To Bring with You on Exam Day
To take your ACE exam, you must bring the following items with you on your exam date:
- Your admission ticket. There is a password on the admission ticket that the proctor will need to log you into your ACE exam. It is important that the first and last name on your admission ticket matches the first and last name on your official ID. If you have registered with a nickname or hyphenated name, please contact the ACE Exam Registration Department to update your information. (Note: We are not concerned with middle names or middle initials.)
- Your official photo ID. You must bring an official ID such as a driver license, military-issued ID or passport with a photo and signature. School or work IDs are not considered an official ID and will not be accepted. Your official ID must also be current. Expired documentation and/or temporary IDs cannot be accepted.
- Any electronic devices, including cell phones, cameras, calculators (except as expressly permitted by the test sponsor), iPods, mp3 players, headphones, pagers, computers, PDAs, or other electronic devices with one or more memories
- Personal writing utensils (including pencils, pens and highlighters), notes, book, book bags, luggage or purses
- Coats, jackets, watches, hats, hoods or other headgear
- Food and beverages
Please note that sweaters and sweatshirts without pockets or hoods are permitted.
You Made It!
You have arrived at your testing site on time and are ready to go! The proctor will assist you with putting any personal belongings in a secured area, if necessary. You should also be made aware of the water fountains and restrooms nearest to the testing area. Just remember, if you get up during your exam, the timer is still ticking away.
Time to Get Started
You will be seated at a computer and the proctor will log you into your exam. You will have the choice to “View Demo” or “Begin Test.” It is highly recommended that all candidates view the demo prior to beginning their exam. This will ensure that you clearly understand how to navigate between test questions, mark questions for follow-up and return to those questions when you are ready. Remember, you can also view the demo any time during the exam if you need assistance navigating. It is the candidate’s responsibility to know how to navigate, because proctors can only assist with technical issues.
Where’s the Calculator?
There will be a handful of math questions and, because the use of a calculator is not allowed, you will be provided one of the following, depending on what resources the site has to offer: a dry erase board and a marker OR a piece of paper and a pencil. These are useful for completing any math calculations. If you are in need of a little math refresher, check out these helpful formulas or perhaps consider signing up for the Fitness Math Course to brush up on your math skills!
Is This a Timed Exam?
Yes, the ACE exam does have a time limit. Once you click on the “Begin Test” button, a countdown timer will appear at the top of your computer screen, indicating that you have three hours of testing time (unless special accommodations have been previously arranged). You will have 150 multiple-choice questions to complete in this timeframe. Some connections will be faster than others, so don’t worry if your refresh time is not as quick as your computer at home. The timer does not count down during a refresh from question to question.
I Finished My Exam!
Once you have finished your exam, be sure to hit the “Submit” button to view your test scores. Yes, they will appear upon completion of your exam while you are at the site! You will be asked to type in the words “I understand” so the system is sure that you are not accidentally submitting before you’re ready. There will be a very short optional survey and then your scores should be displayed. Do not close that screen before seeing your scores and having the proctor print them out. For a more detailed score report, be sure to log into your ACE account under the “My Exam Information” area in your ACE account, or contact our Resource Center for assistance at 800-825-3636, Ext. 796.