Are you ready to take your SPI examination? After years of learning, studying, and clinical experience, taking the next step – applying for and scheduling the SPI exam, can be an exciting step toward reaching your career goals. For some, a measure of anxiety may accompany the flurry of thoughts associated with this step. Part of feeling prepared is having an idea of how the process works, what to expect, and where to begin.
SPI Exam Prerequisites
Before you apply to take the exam, there are some educational prerequisites. Clinical experience is also required but varies depending on your education and circumstances. Details concerning these can be found at the official ARDMS website. When you are certain that all prerequisites have been met, an application can be submitted for review. Notification that the application has been accepted signals the next step – scheduling the exam date.
Scheduling the SPI Exam at the Right Time
All applications and scheduling can be done online. Once you have confirmation that your application was accepted, you will have 90 days to schedule and take the SPI exam. At this stage, it may be tempting to put off taking the exam, especially when nerves kick in. If you have been studying diligently, improving your test taking skills, and have a good grasp of the material, schedule the exam before what you have learned begins to fade. Being confident in what you know can help reduce nerves. Practice exams, quizzes, and tests can help you get an idea of how that information translates into question form.
Should the test date come up and postponing becomes necessary, extensions can be requested. There is a time frame that is strictly adhered to when requesting an extension. A request must be received with a specific number of days prior to the examination, so don’t wait until the last minute to try and reschedule.
We wish you the best when taking your SPI exam!