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 email@example.com. 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.
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:
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, which are hot-linked to possible sources for purchase.
You can download an 18-question ACE sample exam here. 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 exam. The username is "Sample ACE" and the password is "password".
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.
New Content Coming Soon
Effective on January 1, 2014, the ACE Exam will refer to a new content outline. Applicants who are preparing to take their ACE in 2014 and beyond should be studying from this outline. Click here to access the new Content Outline.
For more information on how this can affect you as an ACE applicant, please see this blog post that discusses changes in the application process, and this post that discusses how to study for the new exam.