Studying for the ACE Exams

Test overview

The ACE examination is "closed book", online, and administered by a proctor who remains in the room during the test. It consists of 150 multiple-choice and true-false questions and should be taken in one sitting of 3-hours or less. Once a date is set for your exam, that should be communicated to ace@entocert.org. Exams for the coming week are set every Friday and instructions are sent to the proctor at that time, including the username and password to access the exam. 

General guidelines

The ACE examination is designed to recognize practicing pest management professionals who have a solid grasp of the practical aspects of applied entomology. The major categories of competency covered by the exam include just 4 areas:

  1. Inspection and Identification (45% of the exam)
  2. Monitoring (12% of the exam)
  3. Selection and Implementation of Control Methods (28% of the exam)
  4. Evaluation (15% of the exam)

Content Outline

This link will take you to a page that contains detailed information on the types of materials covered in the examination. You can also access a listing of study materials.

Sample Exams

You can take a sample ACE exam. This will give you a better understanding of the types of questions asked and your overall preparedness for the exam. Click here for the ACE practice examThe username and password are both "ACEQ".

Study Guides and Courses

Prospective ACEs are also encouraged to read the study materials.  There are many ways to study for this exam. From Prep Courses offered by our partners to books available for purchase and others. Please consult this post that discusses how to study for the ACE exam.

Additionally, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has developed a set of slides that ACE applicants can use for independent study. Click here for more information.

 

After the Exam

The exam is scored immediately by the testing software and an unofficial score is sent to the applicant. A final score follows within a few days. Passing score is 75%. Those who pass will be mailed their ACE materials shortly. Those who did not pass may retake the exam without reapplying to the program by waiting at least 3 months but not more than one year. The retest form is found here and should be submitted as soon as a new test date is scheduled.

All applicants must pass the exam within 3 years of their application acceptance date or the application will expire.