What does CNCT stand for?

Certified Nerve Conduction Technologist.

What is the difference between technologist certification and technologist registration?

Certification and registration in nerve conduction studies is the same.  Registration is an older term that is not used by most organizations anymore.  Certification has replaced the term registration.

Is the exam online or at a testing center?

The exam is held twice a year (in the spring and late fall) and will be administered through an online assessment software allowing you to take the exam from your workplace.  The exam is not held at testing centers.


What is the format of the exam?

The exam is a multiple choice written exam. There are approximately 100-150 questions and a 4 hour time limit to complete the exam. There are no video questions on the CNCT Exam.


How much does the exam cost?

The early application examination fee is $625. The examination fee increases to $675 after the early application deadline. For information about cancellations and refunds, please reference the Withdrawing from the Exam page.


How do I apply for the exam?

Registration for the exam is online. When registration opens, log into the online application using your ABEM/AANEM username and password, fill out the application questionnaire, and complete the online payment. The application must be submitted, along with the appropriate examination fees, by the application deadline.


How is the exam proctored? 

The exam is proctored via webcam, so candidates will need a computer with a webcam in order to sit for the exam.  The ABEM does not provide a webcam for the exam. The exam candidate will need to use a computer with a webcam built in or obtain add-on webcam to be used for the exam. A strong internet connection and a quiet space will be needed (no one else can be in the room while you are taking the exam).  The exam is proctored by AI (artificial intelligence) software, so it will flag certain eye or body movements as cheating (manually reviewed by our staff).  More details on this will be provided closer to the exam date.


What information or documentation do I need to complete my application?

Documentation listed on the Eligibility Documents page will need to be uploaded at the time of registration.  


Is there a study guide that can be used to prepare for the exam?

Yes, the Study Resources page has a list of some resources that candidates may find helpful.  These materials are designed to be a supplement to help focus a candidate's examination preparation and are not intended to be a replacement for formal and rigorous study of medical texts and journals. Examination candidates should be aware that the resources listed on the Study Resources page does not necessarily represent the full range of examination content. The ABEM does not guarantee enhanced performance on the certification examination as a result of using the resources on that page.


Will the exam contain questions about EMGs?



When will I be notified of my examination results?

Examination results are expected to be emailed to all candidates within approximately 2 months after the exam date.


I will need special testing accommodations to complete the exam, will the ABEM accommodate my request?

The ABEM supports the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Candidates desiring accommodations for documented disabilities will be required to complete a Disability Accommodation Request Form. The ABEM will attempt to make reasonable accommodations.


If I earn the new CNCT credential, does it replace my current R.NCS T. registration?

No, the CNCT credential will not replace your R.NCS T. registration. The CNCT credential is a stand-alone program separate from the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Technologist’s (AAET) R.NCS T. registration and is an additional credential you may use to signify your professional competence. Once earned, you will maintain your CNCT credential pursuant to rules established by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM) following the Technologist Maintenance of Certification Program.


How does the ABEM determine the passing score for the examination?

The method used to create the passing level for the examination is called the Modified Angoff Method. The CNCT Committee reviews each question on the examination, and for each question each committee member provides an estimate of the probability that a minimally competent technologist will respond correctly to the question. These question percentages are averaged across the examination to arrive at the full panel's recommended final passing score. The committee also looks at the possibility of error and adjusts the final minimum passing score accordingly. The pass rate varies from year to year based on the questions chosen for the examination, however, ABEM tries to make the difficulty of the examination similar from year to year. The calculation of the minimum passing score does not include any trial questions that are included on the examination.

Following the examination, the statistics from each question are reviewed. Any question that did not test well* is removed from the examination, and a new passing score is calculated These questions are not included in the new minimum passing level.
* ( i.e., candidates who scored overall well got the questions wrong, or candidates that overall did poorly all got the question right.)

Why can’t I get information on what category of questions I did poorly on to help me study for next time?

The psychometrician has advised ABEM that each category of questions (for example, ethics, physiology, anatomy, NCS, instrumentation etc.) is not great enough alone to be statistically significant - i.e. if you knew that you got a significant number of anatomy questions wrong on the examination, studying anatomy more thoroughly would not necessarily mean you would pass the examination next time.

Is the exam open to international candidates?

Yes, the exam is open to international candidates who meet the eligibility requirements.  There are no additional costs associated with registration for international candidates. 

If you are interested in keeping up-to-date with new information regarding the examination, fill out the interest form, to receive an e-mail when new information is communicated.