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Computer-Based Testing: 2024 Exam Dates: April 16th-20th and October 22nd-26th

The Perfusion Basic Science Examination (PBSE) and the Clinical Applications in Perfusion Examination (CAPE) will be administered at Pearson VUE testing centers throughout the United States, U.S. Territories, and Canada on April 16th through 20th and October 22nd through 26th. Examinations may only be taken during that time period. Each examination is four hours in duration, and both may be taken on the same day pending test site availability.

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Prior to registering for the examination(s) with Pearson VUE, examinees must complete the ABCP application process. To complete the application process, the following items must be on file in the ABCP National Office:

  • a completed application form with appropriate fee;
  • an official transcript indicating date of graduation;
  • the clinical competency form signed by the student and the program director;
  • the clinical education record that applies to the examination(s).

Once the application process has been completed, the ABCP National Office will authorize your examination(s) with Pearson VUE. You will receive an Authorization-To-Test e-mail from Pearson VUE (pearson@proftesting.com) with your candidate ID number and instructions for registering for your exam(s). The Authorization-To-Test e-mail will also provide links to the Pearson VUE Candidate Rules Agreement and ID Requirements. Please read both documents carefully and ensure that you have the proper ID for admission to the testing center.

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You may cancel or reschedule up to 24 hours before your appointment at no cost (via the Pearson VUE website or by phone). Although rescheduling online is preferable, you may contact Pearson by phone at 877-839-7768 in the United States/Canada (Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm U.S. Central Time). To help locate your record, tell the agent that the exam is sponsored by Professional Testing (PTI).

Pearson VUE will send you a confirmation e-mail each time you reschedule or cancel an appointment. There are multiple steps to reschedule online, so be sure that you complete all steps until "Your appointment is rescheduled!" screen is displayed. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, please recheck the status of your appointment.

If you fail to cancel 24 hours prior to your appointment, or if you miss your appointment, show up late or provide inadequate identification, you will not be able to make a new appointment without paying the ABCP exam reset fee.

The candidate is required to present two forms of original (no photocopies or digital IDs), valid (unexpired) IDs; one form as a primary ID (government issued with name, recent recognizable photo, and signature) and one form as a secondary ID (with at least a name and signature, or name and recent recognizable photo). You can find a list of acceptable ID’s here: Acceptable Identification.


Scoring for each part of the examination will be criterion referenced, with the cutoff score determined by the summation of the Ebel weightings of each item selected for inclusion on the examination. Please note that the passing score can change from one examination to the next due to differences in content and/or difficulty on the various exams administered. Therefore, the ABCP does not publicly publish the cutoff score for current or previous exams.

Immediately after completing the examination, you will receive a preliminary pass/fail score as a print-out from the Pearson VUE location administering the exam. This score is not used for credentialing. The National Office must receive your final, numbered score from the test company for credentialing purposes. The final, official scores will be provided to examinees on an individual basis by the National Office after the exam(s).

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