Next testing window:
November 2 – 20, 2020
About the Exam
Once an application has been approved, candidates have 12 months in which to schedule and sit for their exam. This is called an eligibility period. If a candidate has not tested within their eligibility period, their eligibility to sit for the exam expires, and all fees are forfeited. Candidates have up to three (3) chances to pass the exam but can only take the exam one time within a given testing window.
The exam content is based on the Test Specifications (content outline), including four areas of practice and associated competencies. The content outline or test specifications (coming soon) for the examination are a result of a comprehensive job-task (practice) analysis conducted to validate the key competencies required of managers, including the key tasks performed and the knowledge required by managers in multiple industries.
Exam Content Distribution
Professional Effectiveness - 25%
- Emotional Intelligence
- Presentation Skills
Relationship Management - 35%
- Conflict Management
- Coaching for Performance
- Managing Change
Business Acumen - 25%
- Managing Projects
- Financial Acumen
- Customer Focus
- Talent Management
Analytical Intelligence - 15%
- Critical Thinking
- Managing and Mastering Data
The exam is comprised of 175 single response, multiple choice questions designed to assess the applicant’s knowledge and skills in performing managerial tasks. Questions are written at one of three cognitive levels:
- Knowledge/recall: these questions require remembering previously learned material and focus on definitions and recalling facts
- Interpretation: these questions require application of and extrapolation from an established theory, technique or principle
- Problem solving and evaluation: these questions require providing a solution to a problem
Of the 175 question, 150 are scored and 25 are unscored. The questions that are unscored are trial questions placed on the exam in random order. Performance data gathered on the trial questions will determine if the questions will be used as scored questions in future exams.
The exam is computer-based and delivered at any PSI Test Center. The timing of the test is broken into 3 sections:
- 10-minute tutorial
- 3.5-hour test
- 10-minute required exit survey
Please arrive at the PSI Test Center at least 15 minutes before your scheduled exam time and allow 4-hours to complete the tutorial, exam and exit survey.
Schedule and Pay for Your Exam
Once the application has been approved, applicants will receive an Authorization to Test email with instructions on how to pay for and schedule their exam. You will be able to choose the PSI Test Center that is convenient to you once you are ready to schedule your exam.
After you schedule and pay for your exam, you will receive a confirmation email from PSI. Please print out the confirmation letter and bring it with you to the PSI test center. If you do not receive your confirmation email within 24 hours, please contact PSI’s Central Registration at 800.211.2754.
At the Test Center
Candidates MUST bring the following with them to their scheduled appointment:
1. Confirmation Letter
2. One Form of Identification
All identification presented must exactly match the name on the confirmation email and be current or unexpired and contain a photo and signature. Acceptable forms of identification include all government issued cards such as driver's license, passport, permanent residence card (etc).
Candidates will not be able to bring personal belongings such as hats, coats, purses, backpacks, cell phones, pagers, calculators, reference materials notes, pens, paper, tissues etc. into the testing area.
The Test Center Administrator will provide candidates resources such as paper, pencils, tissues as necessary and a calculator is embedded into the exam.
Should a candidate be found in possession of prohibited materials or attempting to cheat or fraudulently test for another individual, candidate will be dismissed immediately from the test and a report will be filed by the Test Center Administrator and submitted to AMA.
At the conclusion of the exam, the candidate will receive printed information from the Test Center Administrator. For the first testing window, this information will be an acknowledgement of completing their exam and information on when exam results will be delivered. For subsequent testing windows, score reports with feedback will be presented to each candidate. Applicants who pass the exam will receive their certificate in the mail.
Please feel free to contact our certification team if you feel that you had a negative testing experience due to:
- test center concerns (i.e., test center conditions were not favorable due to HVAC not working or distracting ambient noise)
- test content concerns and challenges
For test center concerns, please include the following information in your email:
- date, location and time of your test
- description of problem
- test center complaint report ID
For test content concerns and challenges, please submit written communication via email within 3 days of your exam event to our certification team. Please provide the following information in your communication:
- your name
- authorization to test number
- date and time of exam
- information on the test item and specific reason for the challenge
If you have any concerns regarding test security or fraudulent behavior by others, please submit written communication to our certification team.
Please note that since the exam is computer scored, AMA will not hand-score or re-score any exams.
Please allow 10 business days for the certification team to respond to your concerns.