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Testing Regulations

NABNE testing regulations require that you:

  • Keep your Registration Ticket with you at all times during the testing period. You will be permitted to take into the testing room only:
    • Your Registration Ticket
    • One piece of your current government-issued photo identification (e.g., driver’s license, government-issued identification, or passport photo page)
    • A non-alcoholic beverage in a closed (non-breakable) container
    • Reading glasses
    • One pair of foam earplugs

You will be required to show all items to a proctor before you will be allowed to enter the testing room.

  • Leave ALL other personal belongings outside of the testing room. Turn off all electronic devices (e.g., cell phones, pagers, etc.), and leave them outside the testing room before you check in for the examination. You will not be allowed access to your personal belongings and will not be permitted to use any communication device at any time during the testing period. NABNE testing personnel can ensure that your belongings are secure during the testing period only.
  • You could be dismissed from the testing room and not allowed to continue the examination if you are found in possession of any of the following items during the testing period:
    • Electronic devices, including cell/mobile phones, listening devices (e.g., ear pieces, headphones, etc.), pagers, PDAs, laptop computers, electronic tablets, MP3 players, calculators, digital watches, recording or filming devices, radios, etc.
    • Books, notes, study materials, scratch paper
    • Backpacks, handbags, briefcases, wallets
    • Outerwear1 (e.g., coats, jackets, gloves)
    • Headwear (e.g., hats, caps, hoods, except those required for religious reasons)
    • Sunglasses, visors
    • Tissue, writing instruments, erasers, or pencil sharpeners; these will be provided by NABNE.

You will not be allowed to bring food inside the testing room. If you need to eat, take medications, or have access to medical supplies during the testing period, you must leave these items with a proctor when you check in for an examination. These items must be clearly labeled with your first and last name before you leave them with a proctor.

  • Check in with a proctor before each section of the examination. Present your Registration Ticket and current government-issued photo identification to a proctor to gain admittance to each section of the examination.
  • Enter the testing room immediately after you check in for the examination. Once you have checked in and have entered the testing room, you will not be allowed to leave without the permission of the proctor. You should use the restroom before you check in.
  • Follow all testing regulations set forth in the current Bulletin of Information, as well as all instructions given by the proctor(s). A violation of any such regulation or instruction regarding any part of the examination process may result in dismissal from the current and/or any subsequent section(s). Other sanctions may also be imposed, including but not limited to invalidation of exam results, forfeiture of exam fees, preclusion from taking future NPLEX Examinations, and/or notification of legitimately interested entities (e.g., your naturopathic medical school, the Federation of Naturopathic Medicine Regulatory Authorities, etc.).
  • Read, sign, and date the Affirmation of Compliance on the back cover of your exam booklet prior to the beginning of each examination. NABNE will not release exam results without having a signed and dated Affirmation of Compliance on file for each section/examination you take.
  • Return all exam materials to a proctor before you leave the testing room at any time. When you have finished the examination, you will be allowed to leave the room only when the proctor has verified that you have turned in your answer sheet and exam booklet, and have signed and dated the Affirmation of Compliance.

1You will be allowed to keep a sweater or light jacket with you in case the room temperature changes.


Irregular Behavior

Irregular behavior refers to violations or attempted violations of the rules regarding any part of the examination process. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Violations before the testing period:
    • Accessing unauthorized study materials
    • Providing false information on the application
    • Providing false admittance information

If, in advance of the exam administration, you know that organized or widespread cheating is occurring (e.g., an illegal study guide containing actual exam items is circulating), or is going to occur (e.g., examinees plan to exchange information during the examination), you should contact NABNE immediately.

  • Violations during the testing period:
    • Impersonating an examinee or engaging an inpersonator
    • Possessing unauthorized items in the testing room
    • Failing to adhere to a proctor’s instructions or requests
    • Communicating with other examinees during the testing period
    • Copying or allowing answers to be copied by another examinee during the testing period
    • Accessing written notes or electronic information during the testing period
    • Reproducing exam content manually or electronically
    • Taking exam materials from the testing room at any time before, during, or after the testing period

If you have any knowledge that any of these violations are occurring during the exam administration, you should notify the head proctor immediately.

  • Violations after the testing period:
    • Reproducing exam items, by any means, including reconstruction from memory
    • Communicating about exam items and/or answers with other examinees, potential examinees, or formal or informal test preparation groups
    • Altering exam results or transcripts

If, after the exam administration, you have reason to believe that there has been such a violation, you should contact NABNE immediately.


Consequences of Irregular Behavior

If evidence is found of a breach in the security of exam materials before an exam administration, and such evidence suggests that the behavior is organized and/or may involve a number of examinees, NABNE reserves the right to cancel the test administration. If evidence is found of a breach in the security of exam materials after an exam administration, and such evidence suggests that the behavior was organized and/or may have involved a number of examinees, NABNE reserves the right to nullify the exam results of some or all examinees.

If violations are observed during the exam administration, the head proctor will report them to NABNE, and an investigation will ensue. If it is determined that there is sufficient evidence of irregular behavior, the violator will be advised of the nature of the evidence and will be given an opportunity to respond in writing. If exam results have not been reported previously, they will be withheld during any further investigation or review, and the violator may not be permitted to take subsequent examinations until a final decision regarding irregular behavior has been made.

If, upon review of the available information, it is determined that irregular behavior has occurred, the violator’s exam results may be invalidated, s/he may be prohibited from taking NPLEX Examinations in the future, special administrative procedures may be implemented for any future examinations, and/or notice regarding the determination and the sanctions imposed may be provided to legitimately interested entities, including all transcript recipients.

If the irregular behavior involves the unauthorized reproduction and/or distribution of exam materials, or the dissemination of specific exam content, NABNE may pursue every legal means available to protect copyrighted materials.

The actions described above do not preclude NABNE from seeking legal redress against the violator..