Once you have completed your training program in its entirety and received your certificate of completion, you may apply to take the appropriate exam.
The teaching level exam is 50 multiple choice questions and the therapy level exam is 75 multiple choice questions. The Alliance utilizes paper and pencil Scantrons. Exams are untimed, but typically take 2-3 hours to complete.
You must score at least an 80 on the exam. If taking the teaching level exam, you cannot miss more than 10 questions. If taking the therapy level, you may not miss more than 15 questions.
Please visit the ALTA Calendar. Scan through each month to see if an exam is coming up in your area. You can also see a list of upcoming exams when you begin the online application process.
You may request a private proctor, but it must be at a community college or university testing center. Prior to sending in your application, call a community college or university in your area and speak with someone in the testing center. Ask if they offer private proctors and be aware that some schools charge a minimal fee for this service. You will need to set up a testing date and time, and have all of the contact information for your proctor. Please click where it says University or Community College Testing Site Request Form on the first slide of the online application for required information. Once you have all of this information, complete your application and return it with payment and supporting documentation at least 60 days prior to the date you wish to take the exam. The Exam Committee will review your request. If approved, the ALTA Office will mail all testing materials to your private proctor 1-2 weeks prior to your exam date. The ALTA Office also mails all of the materials necessary for your private proctor to return your exam for grading.
Please visit Become A Certified Member. Click the appropriate level application and read through it carefully. Complete the application. You may mail supporting documentation and/or a check that is requested in the application, so long as you add a note explaining that the additional documentation and/or payment belongs with your separate online application. All application materials must be in 30 days prior to the date you wish to take the exam. If you graduated from a program that is not IMSLEC-accredited at the level you want to sit for, all materials must be in 60 days prior to the date you wish to take the exam. If they have questions regarding what to turn in if they are not from an IMSLEC-accredited center, have them contact Marilyn Mathis at .
Applicants who did not graduate from an IMSLEC-accredited program are required to send in additional documentation with their application and payment. You will be sent a confirmation email once you complete your application with a list of required documentation. Everything must be sent in 60 days prior to the date you wish to take the exam.
Please follow the procedure explained above. You will be sent a confirmation email once you complete your application with a list of required documentation you will need to submit.
Once your application has been approved, you will receive a confirmation email with an attached study guide. If you have any questions once received, please contact the ALTA Office.
Your application is good for one year from the date of your first scheduled exam. If you are unable to take the exam, you must notify the ALTA Office in no later than 72 hours after your scheduled exam date in order for the application to remain active and for the fee to be applied to the next exam date you schedule.
#2 pencils, valid photo ID, and your confirmation letter.
Your application is good for one year from the date of your first scheduled exam. If you are unable to take the exam, you must notify the ALTA Office in writing (have them email you if they call because we need the paper proof for their file) no later than 72 hours after your scheduled exam date in order for the application to remain active and for the fee to be applied to the next exam date you schedule.
Please allow 2-6 weeks for your testing results to arrive. You will receive an email stating that you passed or failed at the email address you listed on your application. Please note: ALTA does not give out grades, only pass/fail.
Please read your letter carefully and make yourself familiar with ALTA membership renewal requirements.
You may take the exam again. If you would like to speak with someone about your results, please send an email to and be sure to include the date and location of your exam. A staff member will put you in touch with the appropriate person and that person will discuss the objective areas where you may need improvement.
Please contact the ALTA Office if you have any questions.