Standardized Clinical Knowledge Test

• In what time period do I have to take the test?

You will have 6 months starting on the day you receive your login credentials to take the test. You will receive your login credentials (and instructions) after your documentation has been accepted. We will notify you via e-mail.


• Is the test timed? How many questions are on the test? What constitutes a passing score?

The APBCC Test has 100 questions. You will have 120 minutes to complete the test. A passing score is 75% or higher.

The BCC Test has 85 questions. You will have 100 minutes to complete the test. A passing score is 75% or higher.

The CC Test is 85 questions. You will have 100 minutes to complete the test. A passing score is 65% or higher.


• What topics are covered in the test?

We have prepared a very thorough overview of what is covered in the test. You can find this information in this document’s Appendix 2: What’s in the Test.


• Do you offer a preparation course for the test? What is the cost?

Yes, SCA offers a preparation course called, Preparation for Standardized Clinical Knowledge Test for Board Certified and Credentialed Chaplains. Please note: it is not a requirement to purchase this course for certification or credentialing.


• What happens if I fail the test?

If you fail the test, you will be allowed to retake the test one more time at no additional cost to you. If you fail the test again, you may retake the test again for a fee of $75. There are no limits to the number of times to retake the test. However, all the re-takes must take place within the 6-month deadline.


• Who gets a copy of my test score?

The test taker and SCA’s certification director are the only two people who receive notification of the test score. Test scores are not shared with anyone else.


• When do I find out if I passed or failed?

Once you have completed the test, your grade will be displayed to you. You will also be notified by an SCA Certification Administrator as to the results of your test. Please note: we are not able to send reports of the test to you.


• What is your Accommodation Policy?

The Spiritual Care Association certification process includes a timed test which requires reading words in English on a computer screen with some speed and an interview online which requires being able to hold a conversation in English via computer. In general, the testing does not require any abilities beyond those normally required by any health care chaplaincy job. Any candidate who believes they need an accommodation to complete this testing should notify SCA no later than one week after they are approved to proceed with testing. This notification must include a description of the reason for the accommodation and documentation from the candidate's physician of the condition requiring an accommodation. No accommodation will be granted after the candidate has begun the testing process.


• How were the questions and answer options on the test developed?

It is very important to understand that the questions and the answer options are based on the evidence in the field. That is, every correct answer is evidence-based which means it is supported by research, guidelines or expert opinion. This evidence may not conform to the way you have thought or done things or even how your institution does things. Put another way, you should answer each question based on what the evidence says rather than based on what you think is the right answer. Thus, your chances of passing the test will be significantly improved if you make sure you are familiar with the literature we have suggested.

While the questions and answer options on the test have been carefully vetted by subject matter experts in the particular content area, we welcome constructive and specific questions and suggestions about the clarity with which the questions or answers are stated and even smaller issues like grammar and spelling. Note that the questions cannot be considered unless the specific text of the question the concern relates to is stated. These questions should be sent directly to the Director of Credentialing and Certification at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..