2017 NCCAOM Exam Administration Updates

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Foundations of Oriental Medicine Exam Module

In the interest of increasing the number of updated exam items to be used for scoring on the exams, the NCCAOM will be administering computer-based, fixed form (linear) Foundations of Oriental Medicine (FOM) exams during the second half of 2017 which will accomplish the goal more quickly.

The FOM exam module will be offered in a fixed form (linear) format for two, 2-week exam administration periods during August 14-26, 2017 and November 6-18, 2017.

Administration of the year-round, adaptive FOM exam module will conclude after June 30, 2017. Registration and rescheduling for all FOM adaptive exam dates will close end of day on May 31, 2017. Register as soon as possible for dates up through the end of June 30, 2017.

 

Exam Name 2017 Exam Dates Registration Opens Registration Closes
Foundations of Oriental Medicine Adaptive
(Exam Code: 841110)
January 1 – June 30, 2017 Now open 5/31/2017
Foundations of Oriental Medicine Linear
(Exam Code: 841010)
August 14-26, 2017 04/01/2017 08/25/2017
November 6-18, 2017 08/25/2017 11/17/2017

 

Below is a table of comparison of the adaptive and linear format administrations:

Foundations of Oriental Medicine (FOM) Module
August and November 2017
Administration Features Adaptive Format Linear Format
Exam Content Adheres to the current content outline Adheres to the current content outline
Availability Year-round
(last administration of FOM adaptive is June 30, 2017)

Specified dates

  • August 14-26, 2017
  • November 6-18, 2017
Exam Length and Allotted Time 100 items with 2.5 hours allotted time for completion*
*Pearson VUE Exam Code: 841110
130 items with 3.25 hours allotted time for completion**
**Pearson VUE Exam Code: 841010
Non-Disclosure Agreement Yes, must agree within the first 5 minutes the proctor starts the computer. Yes, must agree within the first 5 minutes the proctor starts the computer.
Ability to Skip Items No No
Exam Administration Unique forms for each candidate Fixed forms for candidates during specified exam dates
Review Feature No Yes, once all items have been answered. Candidates are able to review and change answers within remaining allotted time.
Availability of Preliminary Pass or Fail Status Yes, preliminary status is immediately available after completion of exam at the test center. No, preliminary status is not provided after completion of the exam at the test center. Candidates must wait for the official notification via mail.
Official Results Report Mailed between 20-30 business days after the completion of the exam Mailed 30-45 business days after the conclusion of the exam administration period

 

Acupuncture with Point Location Exam Module

After the linear administrations in 2016, many new items and images have been obtained.  The Acupuncture with Point Location exam module will be offered year-round starting February 1, 2017 in adaptive format.  Registration will open on December 1, 2016.

Reinstatement Exams

Administration Period Registration Open Registration Closes
March 13-25, 2017 11/1/2016 3/24/2017
June 12-24, 2017 11/1/2016 6/23/2017
September 25 – October 7, 2017 11/1/2016 10/6/2017

Foreign Language Exams

Chinese Language Exams Administration Period Registration Open Registration Closes
June 12-24, 2017 11/1/2016 6/23/2017
September 25 – October 7, 2017 11/1/2016 10/6/2017
Korean Language Exams Administration Period Registration Open Registration Closes
June 12-24, 2017 11/1/2016 4/30/2017

If there are additional questions contact the NCCAOM Customer Service line at 904-598-1005 or email info@thenccaom.org.

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