EPPP Overview & Scheduling

What is the EPPP?


The EPPP (Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology) is one of the requirements for licensure as a psychologist in the United States and Canada. It is developed by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) with the assistance of Pearson VUE. The EPPP Candidate Handbook that describes the development and content of the EPPP and procedures for applying for and scheduling the exam is available on the ASPPB website: https://www.asppb.net/page/CandHandbook.




What is the structure and content of the EPPP? How much time do I have to take the test?


The EPPP consists of 225 multiple-choice questions from eight different content domains. Of the 225 questions, 175 test items are scored, while 50 are pilot items and will not count toward your final score. You will not know which items are pilot items, which is why you should answer every question. You will have 4 hours and 15 minutes to complete the EPPP, unless you have accommodations. This equates to about a minute per question. There are no scheduled breaks during the EPPP; however, you may take a break if you need one. Keep in mind the clock on the allotted time for the exam will continue to run.

The EPPP covers eight content areas (i.e., domains).

1. Biological Bases of Behavior (10%)

2. Cognitive-affective Bases of Behavior (13%)

3. Social and Cultural Bases of Behavior (11%)

4. Growth and Lifespan Development (12%)

5. Assessment and Diagnosis (16%)

6. Treatment, Intervention, Prevention, and Supervision (15%)

7. Research Methods and Statistics (7%)

8. Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues (16%)




How is the EPPP scored? What is considered passing?


Scores on the EPPP range from 200 to 800. The ASPPB has recommended that state and provincial licensing boards adopt a passing scaled score cutoff of 500 for independent practice and 450 for supervised practice. A scaled score of 500 is roughly equivalent to about 70% (122.5/175). A scaled score of 600 is about 80% (140/175), while 450 is approximately 65% (114/175).

There are four forms of the EPPP in circulation at any point in time. About every six months, one form is retired and a new form is introduced. The same scaled score represents equal levels of achievement, regardless of the exam form. If a student receives an easier form, they will have to answer more questions correctly to receive a 500; if a student receives a more difficult form, they will have to answer fewer questions correctly to receive a 500.

At the testing center, they will give you an "informal score report.” We have never known the informal score to change. The score report will not say whether you’ve passed. 500 is passing at the doctoral level.




How do I register for the EPPP? Where is the test offered?


To take the EPPP, you must first apply in the state or province where you want to be licensed. The ASPPB’s website includes the contact information for each state/province: https://www.asppb.net/page/BdContactNewPG.

Once you receive approval, the licensing authority (state/provincial board) will create an account with your information on an online EPPP registration system. You will then receive two automated emails that includes the steps for registration, at which point you will be able to pay and register for the exam. After you have paid, follow the link to Pearson VUE to schedule your EPPP. You will receive a confirmation email and Authorization to Test within 24 hours. If you do not receive this confirmation, contact Pearson VUE directly.

The EPPP is offered at Pearson VUE testing sites throughout the United States and Canada. You are required to bring two forms of ID with you to test. Make sure the name you register with matches your two forms of ID.




How do I apply for accommodations? What if English is my second language?


State and provincial licensing boards are required to make reasonable accommodations for candidates with documented disabilities or impairments (including such issues as learning disorders, ADHD, a diagnosed anxiety disorder, eye problems, back pain, etc.). Some boards also make accommodations for candidates for whom English is a second language. Reasonable accommodations typically include taking the test in six hours and fifteen minutes.

Candidates who require testing accommodations must first submit necessary documents for proof of the need for accommodation to their board. The board will determine if accommodations are necessary, and if accommodations are granted this will be submitted to the ASPPB.

You must click a “Special Accommodations” box during the EPPP registration process. You cannot add accommodations to an exam after it has been scheduled.




How many languages is the EPPP available in?


Two. The EPPP is available in English and French. The French version of the EPPP (FEPPP) is only available to candidates whose boards legally require the availability of a French form of the exam.




How much does it cost to take EPPP? Can I cancel or reschedule my EPPP?


The EPPP exam fee is $600, and the test site appointment fee is an additional $87.50. These fees will never be reimbursed.

You are, however, allowed to reschedule your exam. If you reschedule more than 30 days before your exam date (e.g., your exam is November 10 and you reschedule on October 9), you will not be required to pay another $87.50. If you reschedule less than 30 days, but more than 24 hours before your exam, you will have to pay an additional $87.50 to schedule your new exam, but you will not have to pay another $600. If you cancel within 24 hours of your exam date, fail to reschedule, or are late to your testing appointment, you will be required to pay another $687.50 (exam fee and appointment fee) to take the EPPP.




At what point in the study process should I schedule my test date?


Typically, we suggest you schedule your test date when you are most of the way through the study process. For example, if you are following our 16-week study schedule and have been meeting your target scores, consider scheduling your test when you have a month left in your study process.




Once I’ve been approved by my board, how long do I have to take the EPPP?


The eligibility period (i.e., the period in which you are eligible to test after being approved) is determined, and does vary, by state/provincial board. Use this link to find your board’s contact information: https://www.asppb.net/page/BdContactNewPG




Should I set a test date early and reschedule if necessary, or should I wait to schedule until I am ready?


We highly recommend you wait until you are close to being ready to test before scheduling your EPPP. We suggest setting a test date after you have met first time target scores on PsychPrep’s Test C and Test D. However, if you schedule your EPPP early and then score below recommended targets, it is better to reschedule your exam and lose $87.50, than to fail the EPPP and pay $687.50 to retest.




Can I take a practice EPPP?


The ASPPB offers two 100-item computer-administered practice EPPP exams (PEPPP and PEPPP2) at Pearson VUE for $115, as well as two 100-item online practice EPPP exams (PEPPPO and PEPPPO2) that can be taken on your personal computer for $63.50. Students who take the PEPPPO and PEPPPO2 only receive a score of pass/fail; those who take the PEPPP and PEPPP2 at the testing site receive a scaled score from 200 to 800.

A word of caution: Practice EPPP scores are not always predictive of EPPP performance. Candidates may pass the PEPPP or PEPPO, but then fail the EPPP.




What if I fail? How often can I take the EPPP?


The ASBBP allows candidates to take the EPPP up to four times in a 12-month period. However, some states and provinces have stricter regulations. Please be sure to check with your board to determine whether there are any additional restrictions (e.g., some states or provinces only allow a total of three attempts on the EPPP).

To retake the EPPP, you will need to pay another $687.50 (exam fee and appointment fee).




What do I need to know to be prepared for my EPPP test date?


Arrive 30 minutes before your testing appointment with a valid government ID and a second form of ID with a signature or recent photo (credit card counts). Make sure your first and last names on both IDs match the ones you registered with.

You will take the EPPP on a computer, but you won’t be required to have computer knowledge to do so. For five minutes before the exam starts, you will complete a tutorial that explains how to select answers and move from question to question. This time is not included in your exam time.

You can request earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones at the testing site. You will be given a plastic sheet and a marker to use during the EPPP. The sheet will be collected at the end of the test.




Should I leave questions blank while taking the EPPP? What should I do if I am almost out of time and realize I won’t be able to finish the test?


We strongly encourage you not to leave questions unanswered while taking the EPPP. You are not penalized for incorrect answers, so pick an answer for every question. The testing software allows you to bookmark any questions you are unsure of to go back to later, if time allows. If you leave questions blank and don’t have time to review them once you’ve finished the EPPP, then you have a 0% chance of getting them right! It is always better to make an educated guess before moving on to the next question, instead of leaving the question unanswered.

If you are almost out of time and realize you won’t be able to finish the EPPP (e.g., you have five minutes left and 30 questions remaining), we recommend you immediately select an answer for each remaining question. This improves your chances of correctly answering these questions from 0% (if left unanswered) to 25%.




How has COVID affected taking the EPPP? How do I best prepare for any changes?


Some jurisdictions may require the use of masks while testing. Please make sure to check if a mask is required in your jurisdiction. If it is, take PsychPrep’s Test E with a mask on.

Important Note: All candidates should mimic testing conditions as closely as possible while taking Test E for the first time.




Will I have to take the EPPP 2? What is the EPPP 2?


The current states and provinces that are early adopters and require the EPPP 2 (as of 8/15/2021) are Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and Manitoba. If you are not in one of these jurisdictions, you are currently not required to take the EPPP (Part 2—Skills).

The EPPP (Part 2—Skills) covers six domains:

1. Scientific orientation and practice (6%)

2. Assessment and intervention (33%)

3. Relational competence (16%)

4. Professionalism (11%)

5. Ethical practice (17%)

6. Collaboration, consultation, and supervision (17%)

There are 170 questions total – 130 scored, 40 pilot items. The 40 pilot items do not count toward your score. You cannot take the EPPP (Part 2) unless you have taken the EPPP (Part 1) and passed.

Information about the EPPP 2 is available on the ASPPPB website: https://www.asppb.net/page/EPPPPart2-Skills




When should I apply to my state or provincial board for approval to take the EPPP?


Apply to your board as soon as you begin studying. Some state and provincial boards may take up to six months to process applications and grant approval to take the EPPP.





 
 

PsychPrep's EPPP Programs

What is the EPPP?


The EPPP (Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology) is one of the requirements for licensure as a psychologist in the United States and Canada. It is developed by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) with the assistance of Pearson VUE. The EPPP Candidate Handbook that describes the development and content of the EPPP and procedures for applying for and scheduling the exam is available on the ASPPB website: https://www.asppb.net/page/CandHandbook.




What is the structure and content of the EPPP? How much time do I have to take the test?


The EPPP consists of 225 multiple-choice questions from eight different content domains. Of the 225 questions, 175 test items are scored, while 50 are pilot items and will not count toward your final score. You will not know which items are pilot items, which is why you should answer every question. You will have 4 hours and 15 minutes to complete the EPPP, unless you have accommodations. This equates to about a minute per question. There are no scheduled breaks during the EPPP; however, you may take a break if you need one. Keep in mind the clock on the allotted time for the exam will continue to run.

The EPPP covers eight content areas (i.e., domains).

1. Biological Bases of Behavior (10%)

2. Cognitive-affective Bases of Behavior (13%)

3. Social and Cultural Bases of Behavior (11%)

4. Growth and Lifespan Development (12%)

5. Assessment and Diagnosis (16%)

6. Treatment, Intervention, Prevention, and Supervision (15%)

7. Research Methods and Statistics (7%)

8. Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues (16%)




How is the EPPP scored? What is considered passing?


Scores on the EPPP range from 200 to 800. The ASPPB has recommended that state and provincial licensing boards adopt a passing scaled score cutoff of 500 for independent practice and 450 for supervised practice. A scaled score of 500 is roughly equivalent to about 70% (122.5/175). A scaled score of 600 is about 80% (140/175), while 450 is approximately 65% (114/175).

There are four forms of the EPPP in circulation at any point in time. About every six months, one form is retired and a new form is introduced. The same scaled score represents equal levels of achievement, regardless of the exam form. If a student receives an easier form, they will have to answer more questions correctly to receive a 500; if a student receives a more difficult form, they will have to answer fewer questions correctly to receive a 500.

At the testing center, they will give you an "informal score report.” We have never known the informal score to change. The score report will not say whether you’ve passed. 500 is passing at the doctoral level.




How do I register for the EPPP? Where is the test offered?


To take the EPPP, you must first apply in the state or province where you want to be licensed. The ASPPB’s website includes the contact information for each state/province: https://www.asppb.net/page/BdContactNewPG.

Once you receive approval, the licensing authority (state/provincial board) will create an account with your information on an online EPPP registration system. You will then receive two automated emails that includes the steps for registration, at which point you will be able to pay and register for the exam. After you have paid, follow the link to Pearson VUE to schedule your EPPP. You will receive a confirmation email and Authorization to Test within 24 hours. If you do not receive this confirmation, contact Pearson VUE directly.

The EPPP is offered at Pearson VUE testing sites throughout the United States and Canada. You are required to bring two forms of ID with you to test. Make sure the name you register with matches your two forms of ID.




How do I apply for accommodations? What if English is my second language?


State and provincial licensing boards are required to make reasonable accommodations for candidates with documented disabilities or impairments (including such issues as learning disorders, ADHD, a diagnosed anxiety disorder, eye problems, back pain, etc.). Some boards also make accommodations for candidates for whom English is a second language. Reasonable accommodations typically include taking the test in six hours and fifteen minutes.

Candidates who require testing accommodations must first submit necessary documents for proof of the need for accommodation to their board. The board will determine if accommodations are necessary, and if accommodations are granted this will be submitted to the ASPPB.

You must click a “Special Accommodations” box during the EPPP registration process. You cannot add accommodations to an exam after it has been scheduled.




How many languages is the EPPP available in?


Two. The EPPP is available in English and French. The French version of the EPPP (FEPPP) is only available to candidates whose boards legally require the availability of a French form of the exam.




How much does it cost to take EPPP? Can I cancel or reschedule my EPPP?


The EPPP exam fee is $600, and the test site appointment fee is an additional $87.50. These fees will never be reimbursed.

You are, however, allowed to reschedule your exam. If you reschedule more than 30 days before your exam date (e.g., your exam is November 10 and you reschedule on October 9), you will not be required to pay another $87.50. If you reschedule less than 30 days, but more than 24 hours before your exam, you will have to pay an additional $87.50 to schedule your new exam, but you will not have to pay another $600. If you cancel within 24 hours of your exam date, fail to reschedule, or are late to your testing appointment, you will be required to pay another $687.50 (exam fee and appointment fee) to take the EPPP.




At what point in the study process should I schedule my test date?


Typically, we suggest you schedule your test date when you are most of the way through the study process. For example, if you are following our 16-week study schedule and have been meeting your target scores, consider scheduling your test when you have a month left in your study process.




Once I’ve been approved by my board, how long do I have to take the EPPP?


The eligibility period (i.e., the period in which you are eligible to test after being approved) is determined, and does vary, by state/provincial board. Use this link to find your board’s contact information: https://www.asppb.net/page/BdContactNewPG




Should I set a test date early and reschedule if necessary, or should I wait to schedule until I am ready?


We highly recommend you wait until you are close to being ready to test before scheduling your EPPP. We suggest setting a test date after you have met first time target scores on PsychPrep’s Test C and Test D. However, if you schedule your EPPP early and then score below recommended targets, it is better to reschedule your exam and lose $87.50, than to fail the EPPP and pay $687.50 to retest.




Can I take a practice EPPP?


The ASPPB offers two 100-item computer-administered practice EPPP exams (PEPPP and PEPPP2) at Pearson VUE for $115, as well as two 100-item online practice EPPP exams (PEPPPO and PEPPPO2) that can be taken on your personal computer for $63.50. Students who take the PEPPPO and PEPPPO2 only receive a score of pass/fail; those who take the PEPPP and PEPPP2 at the testing site receive a scaled score from 200 to 800.

A word of caution: Practice EPPP scores are not always predictive of EPPP performance. Candidates may pass the PEPPP or PEPPO, but then fail the EPPP.




What if I fail? How often can I take the EPPP?


The ASBBP allows candidates to take the EPPP up to four times in a 12-month period. However, some states and provinces have stricter regulations. Please be sure to check with your board to determine whether there are any additional restrictions (e.g., some states or provinces only allow a total of three attempts on the EPPP).

To retake the EPPP, you will need to pay another $687.50 (exam fee and appointment fee).




What do I need to know to be prepared for my EPPP test date?


Arrive 30 minutes before your testing appointment with a valid government ID and a second form of ID with a signature or recent photo (credit card counts). Make sure your first and last names on both IDs match the ones you registered with.

You will take the EPPP on a computer, but you won’t be required to have computer knowledge to do so. For five minutes before the exam starts, you will complete a tutorial that explains how to select answers and move from question to question. This time is not included in your exam time.

You can request earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones at the testing site. You will be given a plastic sheet and a marker to use during the EPPP. The sheet will be collected at the end of the test.




Should I leave questions blank while taking the EPPP? What should I do if I am almost out of time and realize I won’t be able to finish the test?


We strongly encourage you not to leave questions unanswered while taking the EPPP. You are not penalized for incorrect answers, so pick an answer for every question. The testing software allows you to bookmark any questions you are unsure of to go back to later, if time allows. If you leave questions blank and don’t have time to review them once you’ve finished the EPPP, then you have a 0% chance of getting them right! It is always better to make an educated guess before moving on to the next question, instead of leaving the question unanswered.

If you are almost out of time and realize you won’t be able to finish the EPPP (e.g., you have five minutes left and 30 questions remaining), we recommend you immediately select an answer for each remaining question. This improves your chances of correctly answering these questions from 0% (if left unanswered) to 25%.




How has COVID affected taking the EPPP? How do I best prepare for any changes?


Some jurisdictions may require the use of masks while testing. Please make sure to check if a mask is required in your jurisdiction. If it is, take PsychPrep’s Test E with a mask on.

Important Note: All candidates should mimic testing conditions as closely as possible while taking Test E for the first time.




Will I have to take the EPPP 2? What is the EPPP 2?


The current states and provinces that are early adopters and require the EPPP 2 (as of 8/15/2021) are Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and Manitoba. If you are not in one of these jurisdictions, you are currently not required to take the EPPP (Part 2—Skills).

The EPPP (Part 2—Skills) covers six domains:

1. Scientific orientation and practice (6%)

2. Assessment and intervention (33%)

3. Relational competence (16%)

4. Professionalism (11%)

5. Ethical practice (17%)

6. Collaboration, consultation, and supervision (17%)

There are 170 questions total – 130 scored, 40 pilot items. The 40 pilot items do not count toward your score. You cannot take the EPPP (Part 2) unless you have taken the EPPP (Part 1) and passed.

Information about the EPPP 2 is available on the ASPPPB website: https://www.asppb.net/page/EPPPPart2-Skills




When should I apply to my state or provincial board for approval to take the EPPP?


Apply to your board as soon as you begin studying. Some state and provincial boards may take up to six months to process applications and grant approval to take the EPPP.





 

My PsychPrep Subscription

How does PsychPrep’s subscription work?


Your PsychPrep subscription does not begin upon purchase. Rather, it starts once you log into your online account at lms.psychprep.com and click on any of the online content. The expiration date is then determined by subscription length, not the amount of time spent on your online account. If you know you will not be able to access your account for an extended period, please email the office at info@psychprep.com and we can freeze your account.

All packages are set to automatically renew once the subscription expires. Automatic renewal can be canceled at any time. To do so, log into your account at lms.psychprep.com, find your name in the top right corner, click ‘my account’, click the ‘subscription’ tab, then click the red ‘cancel auto-renew’ button. Individual products (i.e., EPPP Mastery Workshop and 15-Week Course Audio Recording) are non-renewable.

Important Note: Renewal of your PsychPrep package must occur within 30 days of subscription expiration to be eligible for the discounted renewal rate.

PsychPrep’s online access is authorized for the registered user only; access is non-transferable. If you have passed (regardless of time since purchase) your subscription with PsychPrep will be terminated.

PsychPrep’s subscription is purposefully designed for you to take each test and quiz three times—once in study mode, once in retake mode, and once in test mode—to ensure you are truly mastering the content versus memorizing the questions. Our tests are not set to be taken an unlimited number of times. If targets are not met, additional access can be requested by emailing us at info@psychprep.com.




I’ve purchased a program. How do I access it?


You can access everything included in your subscription at lms.psychprep.com. Please use the email address and password you created upon purchase to sign into your account. For a shortcut, click ‘Test Login’ at the top corner of the menu bar.

We strongly recommend you start with PsychPrep’s ‘EPPP Strategies Seminar Handouts and Videos’ located in the ‘EPPP -- Get Started Here!’ section and review the study schedule for your package. Both are located on the homepage of your learning portal.

If your package includes hard copy study materials, they will be shipped next business day via USPS priority mail. Expect your materials within three business days if you are in the United States and within two weeks if you are in Canada. To access your tracking number, log in to lms.psychprep.com, find your name in the top right corner, click my account, click the subscription tab, then find the tracking number under the ‘active subscription’ tab.




How does the audio download work?


Once you log into your online account at lms.psychprep.com, find the section labeled ‘EPPP 15-Week Course Audio Recording’ on your LMS homepage. Click it to find an overview and the four parts of the audio. Due to large file sizes the audio is broken into parts, each to be downloaded separately. First, choose the part you would like to download, then click “Download All” in the top right corner. We strongly recommend you do the initial download on your computer using the Google Chrome web browser. The audio recording can only be downloaded once, however, once downloaded, the audio can be transferred and listened to from your device of choice. The audio can also be listened to online, while your subscription is active.

If you experience any trouble with your download, please email us at info@psychprep.com or call 800-779-2480.




What are the dates for the next EPPP Mastery Workshop Live (virtual)? What if I’ve signed up and can no longer attend?


The next EPPP Mastery Workshop is Friday, March 18, 2022 – Sunday, March 20, 2022, from 9:30am – 4:30pm Pacific Time (12:30pm – 7:30 pm Eastern Time). If you have signed up for the EPPP Mastery Workshop and can no longer attend or will have to miss part of the workshop, please email us at info@psychprep.com or call 800-779-2480

The EPPP Mastery Workshop Live (virtual) is offered twice a year, in March and September. If you cannot attend the upcoming workshop and would like to attend the following workshop, you can do so as long as your subscription remains active; just be sure to let us know.




I’ve purchased a PsychPrep program, but I cannot start studying right away. Can I wait to access my program? When does my subscription period start?


Your PsychPrep subscription does not begin upon purchase. Rather, it starts once you log into your online account at lms.psychprep.com and click on any of the online content. The expiration date is then determined by your subscription length.




How do I extend my subscription? How do I turn off the automatic renewal? What is the renewal fee for my subscription?


Every package (i.e., Basic Package, Basic Package Plus, and Premium Package) can be renewed monthly, once the initial subscription timeframe has expired. All packages are set to automatically renew. This feature can be turned off. To do so, log into your account at lms.psychprep.com, find your name in the top right corner, click ‘my account’, click the ‘subscription’ tab, then click the red ‘cancel auto-renew’ button. Individual products (i.e., EPPP Mastery Workshop and 15-Week Course Audio Recording) are non-renewable.

Basic Package

One-month subscription renews for $199 per month

Six-month subscription renews for $149 per month

Basic Package Plus

One-month subscription renews for $199 per month

Six-month subscription renews for $149 per month

Premium Package

One-month subscription renews for $199 per month

Nine-month subscription renews for $129 per month

Important Note: Renewal of your PsychPrep package must occur within 30 days of subscription expiration to be eligible for the discounted renewal rate.




If I need to take an extended break from studying, what should I do?


If you need to take an extended break from studying, please email us at info@psychprep.com or give us a call at 800-779-2480. We understand that things may come up; we are happy to freeze your subscription if necessary. Once you resume studying, you will have as much time remaining on your subscription as you did before your account was frozen.

Monthly renewals can be frozen as well. If you need to take an extended break from studying during your renewal period, just let us know.




Is there a specific way I should take PsychPrep’s tests?


We strongly recommend you start your study process with PsychPrep’s ‘EPPP Strategies Seminar Handouts and Videos’ located in the ‘EPPP -- Get Started Here!’ section.

PSYCHPREP has intentionally designed a specific order for taking the tests that ensures mastery of earlier test questions and contributes to higher scores on subsequent tests. You should not take all the tests in Study Mode first (e.g., Test A through Test E), then all the tests in Retake Mode, and then all the tests in Test Mode. Instead, we encourage you to follow the recommended sequence for completing the tests and quizzes presented in the structured sample study schedule located on your LMS account. All tests should be taken without referring to any notes, readings, or other resources (i.e., “closed book”).




What are the target scores on PsychPrep’s tests?


PsychPrep provides first time, second time, and third time target scores for all tests (Test A – Test E). While there are no first-time targets for the Chapter Quiz Questions and the EPPP Mastery Workshop questions, the second-time and third-time target scores apply.

First time target scores

Test A – Test A establishes your baseline. If you are new to studying for the EPPP a score between 90/200 – 110/200 is common. A score below 90 is not cause for concern, but an indicator that more time may be required to complete the study process.
Test B – The Test B target is typically 10 – 15 points higher than the score on Test A.

Test C – The target for Test C is generally 125/200.

Test D – The target for Test D is 130/200 – 135/200.

Test E – The target for Test E is also 130/200 – 135/200.

Second time target scores

When taking each test for the second time, the target is to miss fewer than half as many questions, as were missed the first time.

Third time target scores

When taking a test for the third time, the target is 95%, indicative of mastery.

Our tests are not set to be taken an unlimited number of times. We have purposefully designed our tests to be taken three times each to ensure you are truly mastering the content versus memorizing the questions. If targets are not met, additional access can be requested.




Why are target scores important? What do I do if I have taken some or all of the tests and have not hit the target scores?


Consistently meeting target scores is the strongest predictor of EPPP success. They serve as guideposts throughout the process, that let you know when you are on track and when additional action or change is necessary. Keep in mind, a target score is only an accurate indicator when a test is taken without referring to any notes, readings, or other resources (i.e., “closed book”).

Generally, a score that is just a few points below target is not cause for concern— make sure to master all your missed items and try to determine what minor adjustments may be needed.

First time scores significantly below target suggest challenges with test-taking. Contributing factors may include not having mastered the core test-taking steps, not consistently thinking critically through each question, or both.

Second time scores significantly below target suggest that steps were likely skipped when the test was taken for the first time. Ask yourself, “Did it take me six to eight hours to complete the test when I took it in Study Mode?” “Did I reflect on my test-taking approach on each question?” “Did I identify what specifically contributed to getting each question correct or incorrect?” “Did I get to a place where I could articulate why the correct response was right and each incorrect response was wrong for all questions?” “Did I take the time to master the content covered in each question?”

Third time scores significantly below target are almost always linked to missing the target on second time scores and not correcting the underlying issues.

We are here to support you. If you do not have an email feedback consultant yet, send your test scores to info@psychprep.com with the subject line “requesting feedback”. Your expert consultant will help create an individualized plan based on your current progress.




Should I be using PsychPrep’s email feedback? How do I access it?


Yes. If you have one of our EPPP packages (Basic Package, Basic Package Plus, or Premium Package) and your subscription is active, we encourage you to sign up for our free email feedback. Preparing properly for the EPPP may require a more nuanced approach that considers individual factors (e.g., whether someone has tested previously, has only 10 weeks to study, has had a break in studying, has learning differences, etc.). Our expert email feedback consultants, all of whom have doctorate degrees, provide ongoing guidance, including tailoring the program as needed based on your unique situation and individual progress. We have found that students who work with a consultant not only go through the program with more confidence, but also achieve higher scores on PsychPrep’s practice tests, as well as on the EPPP.

To be assigned to one of our expert email feedback consultants, who will work with you throughout your study process, send over your score for Test A in Study Mode in the following format:

Test A, Study Mode, score/200, date completed. Your score and the date completed can be found under the “Grade Book” tab, at the top left of your homepage.

Even if you have completed more than just Test A in Study Mode, it is not too late to set up expert feedback. Please email us all your scores on the tests you have completed thus far in the format shown above.




How do I know if I’m ready to test?


First-time target scores are the best indicator of EPPP readiness. Scoring 125+/200 on Test C and 130-135+/200 on Test D and Test E are strong predictors of success. Keep in mind, a target score is only an accurate indicator when a test is taken without referring to any notes, readings, or other resources (e.g., without looking up words or concepts).

When first-time score benchmarks have been met and all missed items have been mastered, you can test confidently. If you have any concerns about your readiness to test please email us at info@psychprep.com or call 800-779-2480




Are private, virtual consultations available? How do I schedule one?


To set up a consultation please email our office at info@psychprep.com to get more information on rates and availability. Since the EPPP tests your ability to think critically about core concepts, the focus of the consultation will be on improving test-taking skills that you can continue to use throughout your studies (e.g., how to decipher the questions, what to do when two answers seem correct, etc.).




What should I do if I’ve been studying with PsychPrep and I failed the EPPP?


We are sorry to hear you did not pass the EPPP. If you have already been working with an email feedback consultant, please reach out to them for next steps. If you have not been working with a consultant and you plan to continue studying with PsychPrep, we highly recommend you utilize our email feedback program to receive guidance in preparing as effectively as possible.

Additionally, you might find our EPPP Strategies Seminar helpful. If your subscription is active, a pre-recorded version is immediately available to you in the ‘EPPP -- Get Started Here!’ section of your learning portal at lms.psychprep.com. If you wish to attend the seminar live, register for the ‘EPPP Strategies Seminar.’ This seminar covers our effective test-taking strategy, the importance of critical thinking, and the most efficient way to prepare.