The Alliance National Registration Exam is offered only through IMSLEC accredited courses or university or community college testing centers. All special arrangements for testing at a university or community college must be approved by the ALTA National Registration Exam Committee (Exam Committee). Requests for special arrangements must be submitted 60 days prior to the exam administration. Any fees incurred for testing at a university or community college are the responsibility of the exam applicant.
The applicant submits the completed application form and returns it to the Exam Committee, along with appropriate documentation and fee no later than 30 days prior to exam date. Requests for test accommodations must be in writing to the ALTA Registration Exam Committee no later than 60 days prior to the exam date. Applicants who did not receive training from an IMSLEC-accredited center must have applications in 60 days prior to exam date.
Upon approval of the application by the Exam Committee, the applicant is declared a candidate and is eligible to take the registration exam.
The candidate is sent notice of eligibility for the examination with specific time and site information as well as a National Registration Exam Guide.
The candidate will be required to present photo identification to proctors at the examination site.
The candidate will be informed in writing by the Exam Committee of his/her examination results.
All candidates who pass the exam will receive a certificate acknowledging the successful completion of the exam.
If a candidate passes the examination, he/she will be eligible for immediate ALTA membership as a Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP) or Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT), depending upon which exam is selected below. ALTA membership entitles the individual to all the rights and privileges of membership including the use of the initials CALP or CALT (depending upon which exam is taken) in all correspondence and listing in the ALTA directory as a CALP or CALT (see previous notes). See the enclosed mission statement and bylaws of the organization.
If a candidate fails the examination, he/she will be notified in writing by the Exam Committee and may apply for the next scheduled examination or make new special arrangements with a university or community college testing center. The candidate may retake the exam as many times as needed within a 12-month period. However, the full examination fee must be paid for each retake. Additional retakes after a 12-month period require approval by the Exam Committee.
In the event a candidate completes the application process and is unable to take the exam on the scheduled date, the candidate must notify the National Office no later than 72 hours after the exam date in order for the application to remain active and for the fee to be applied to the next scheduled exam date. A candidate's application is considered active for a 12-month period after the initial approval.
Applications will be declared void and the fee forfeited if there has been no response for one calendar year despite reasonable requests from ALTA for communication.
Candidate must pay a new examination fee if more than one year has transpired.