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About Exam Security

PTCB employs industry proven security protocols to protect the integrity of the PTCE and the examination results. It is of the utmost importance to maintain the security and confidentiality of Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) by preventing unauthorized exposure of test items, exam format, and other confidential information. PTCB uses various methods to detect exam security violations in addition to the methods described below.

Randomized Question Sequence

The order of which items are administered to candidates during the examination is randomized. Furthermore, PTCB uses multiple forms containing different items to minimize item exposure and ensure the continuing relevance of test items.

Highly Secure Test Delivery

The PTCE is administered at Pearson VUE’s Professional Centers (PPCs). To ensure the physical examination integrity, advanced data forensics are employed to prevent intellectual property theft, cheating, and proxy test taking.  Each candidate’s identity is confirmed before the exam is administered. A candidate is fingerprinted or their palm vein is captured upon arrival at the testing center. In addition, each candidate is fingerprinted or their palm vein pattern is captured when leaving the testing room and re-entering the testing room. 

Monitored Exam Administrations

To ensure a high level of security during the exam administration, candidates are monitored at all times. All testing sessions are audio and video recorded.

Analysis of Exam Response Data

Exam response data is analyzed for indications of improper conduct. This analysis may include unusual examination scores and/or item response times. This analysis is not a sole indicator of any impropriety and is only used to help discern areas for additional investigation.

Copyright of PTCE

All candidates must agree to the Candidate Attestation prior to the exam. The PTCE and the test questions are the exclusive copyrighted property of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Any discussion or disclosure of the contents of the PTCE orally, in writing, or by any other means is prohibited

Additional Security Monitoring 

Additionally, PTCB monitors practice tests and examination review content develop by not developed by third party vendors. All social media and web content is consistently observed to identify and eliminate exposed exam content.