Exam Guidelines and Specifications
Please carefully follow the formatting requirements for the exams listed below. Exams will be sent back to you if they are not formatted correctly.
- The exam must be written in your own words. Do not copy and paste from counseling and theological sources. You may quote sources sparingly, but ALL sources must be cited. If an exam is found to quote sources without citing them, this will be considered plagiarism and the exams will be returned. They will need to be completely rewritten before ACBC will consider receiving them.
- Using essay style writing, please respond thoroughly to each of the questions. Compose your answers clearly and precisely, defining all terms. Do not introduce your answer; just answer the question. If the questions consist of several parts, write a paragraph or two on each part and identify each part.
- Begin your answer with what you believe and why. Explain it in your own words. Then, support your answers with Scripture references, but do not write out the verses. Quotes from other sources should be brief with footnote references.
- The exams should be in two Word documents: One for the theology exam and one for the counselor’s exam. The exams are open-book essay style. Please include your name on the exams.
- Use 1 inch margins, 1.5 spacing, 12 point Times New Roman font. Your answers should be 1 page to 1½ pages in length, with each question beginning at the start of a new page (please use a ‘Page Break’. Do not ‘space down’ until you reach the beginning of a new page.). Exams with answers consistently shorter or longer than requested will be returned with an email asking you to review your work.
- The exams should be numbered and the questions written out exactly as they are on the exams. This would include the headings on the theology exam.
- Footnotes—You should document the sources used when answering your questions. You should include the author, name of book, and pages used. Example: Jay Adams, Competent to Counsel, pages 125-135.
- Each exam file must be attached to your application. If you do not have internet access, you can complete the application from your local library, a friend’s computer, etc.
- Your exams are graded on a pass, rewrite, or fatal error basis. If you are required to submit a rewrite, your grader will give input to help you deepen your understanding of the topic. He will be available for further discussion, when necessary. You will have three months to submit your rewrites from the date your graded exams are emailed to you.
- Exams requiring significant revisions have the potential to postpone the certification process until further study and growth can be demonstrated. This will be at the discretion of the ACBC office.
Working on your exams with others
- You can study for your exams with someone else. However, each person must do his/her own individual study on the topic, and you must write your answers individually.
- The purpose for working together is accountability, encouragement and sharpening. It is not to cut the work load in half.
- You can also call the ACBC office for help 816-282-2836.