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The Online Exam Is Here!

July/August 2021 Issue

ATA is excited to offer our certification exam online to complement our traditional in-person format. For the first time, members are now able to take the exam from anywhere in the world without having to travel to a live sitting! How Does the New Format Work? We’ve partnered with ExamRoom.AI, a remote online proctoring company […]

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The What and Why of Certification Exam Conditions

May/June 2021 Issue

As we move toward an online version of ATA’s certification exam, some long-standing exam conditions will be changing—things like bringing your own dictionaries and laptop to the exam sitting. Others, however, will remain the same. Here’s a review of the latter, with an explanation of why they’re applied to our testing program. Three-Hour Time Limit: […]

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Progress Toward a Remote Testing Model of ATA’s Certification Exam

March/April 2021 Issue

What’s happening with at-home testing? This question is on the minds of many members as ATA works to address the effects of the pandemic on our current in-person certification exam model. We’re excited to provide this update on the process involved in revamping our delivery method and the progress made thus far. Remote testing has […]

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ATA Certification and COVID-19 Redux

January/February 2021 Issue

As most of you are aware, ATA certification exam sittings were temporarily suspended in 2020 and will continue to be unavailable in early 2021. (You can learn more about that decision by reading the May/June Certification Forum by David Stephenson, “COVID-19 and Certification.”1) So, what has the program been up to in the meantime? The […]

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Enhancing the Status of ATA Certification

November/December 2020 Issue

The year 2020 is one that few people will likely forget or look back on fondly. The severity of the pandemic combined with—in the U.S. at least—various social issues has upended many lives. For ATA’s Certification Program, the effects have manifested themselves in two interrelated outcomes: a sharp reduction in exam sittings owing to local […]

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Decoupling and the Certification Committee

September/October 2020 Issue

Over the past several years, the Certification Committee has been called on to answer several questions related to opening the certification exam to nonmembers (also known as “decoupling”). Although the Certification Committee manages and administers the Certification Program, it was not directly involved in the decision on whether to eliminate the membership requirement for certification. […]

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Who Are ATA’s Certification Graders?

July/August 2020 Issue

At present, ATA’s Certification Program enlists the services of more than 130 ATA members, who are commonly known as “graders.” That name, however, does not do full justice to the range of activities performed by these individuals on behalf of ATA and the program. Who are these people, how are they selected and trained, and […]

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COVID-19 and Certification

May/June 2020 Issue

The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on ATA’s Certification Program has been and remains profound. Although the situation continues to unfold, here are how things stand at this writing (early May). All exam sittings scheduled for March, April, and May have been cancelled. Registration for future sittings is on hold while ATA Headquarters and the […]

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Changes in ATA Continuing Education Requirements

March/April 2020 Issue

ATA introduced continuing education requirements for certification in 2004. Prior to that, ATA certification was a “once-and-done” system, meaning that individuals who passed the exam remained certified as long as they remained ATA members. Introducing continuing education requirements brought the Association more in line with the practices of other credentialing bodies, where it had long […]

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