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Due to the ongoing health concerns and travel restrictions the 2020 Certifying Examinations will be held remotely. The ACVR has done everything possible to ensure a fair, secure, and smooth exam administration.

Examination Dates:

EDI      –           December 1st , 2020

DI        –           December 1st  and 2nd , 2020

To aid you in the administration, we have provided the following guidelines to ensure the candidates have the best and most consistent experience possible.  The exam will be administered with a combination of remote (video) and on site (resident director or designate) proctoring.


Candidates responsibilities:

  • Identify a proctor for the examination
    • Who can proctor the exam?
      • A diplomate of any college (does not need to be an ACVR diplomate)
      • An on-site testing center
      • A staff member or administrator at your practice


Proctor responsibilities:

  • What does the proctor need to do?
    • Provide the password and a link to the images at the start of each exam session.
    • Stay in the room to ensure the candidate is focused on the examination and does not access external material through the internet, and call for technical support (ExamSoft) or other exam support (exam committee contact) if necessary.
    • Ensure the examination is uploaded prior the candidate leaving each exam session.
    • Verify they have no conflict of interest and will not provide content related assistance to the candidate.
  • Room requirements:
    • Please provide a room that is free from distractions and has dimmable lighting
      • If you are administering the examination for 2 or more candidates they can be in the same room but should be at least 6 feet apart and unable to view each other’s monitors
    • Note the room is required for 1 full day for the EDI exam and 2 full days for the DI exam.
    • What can candidates have in the room?
      • Sweater/jacket
      • Drink with a lid
    • What is not permitted in the examination room?
      • Pen and paper
      • Calculator
      • Reference materials
      • Smart phone or other electronic device
    • Computer requirements:
      • Computers and monitors will be shipped to the site two days prior to the examination to ensure they arrive on time, are complete, and allow time to download the exam prior to the exam date.
        • Proctors and candidates must provide a shipping address for the computers and be able to set up the system.
        • A return shipping label will be provided to return the computers at the end of the examination.
      • The computers will meet the specifications required for the examination with:
        • two monitors
        • Wifi capable to allow download of the exam and upload of the answers (you will be required to connect the computers to the wifi)
      • Mock exam
        • The candidates have access to a mock exam to take them through the features of ExamSoft. Please have them download and test this on the computer they will be using for the exam in advance of the test date to ensure everything functions appropriately.
      • The exams should be downloaded to this computer in advance of the test day.
        • Candidates will not have access until the password is provided.
        • Candidates will receive an e-mail when the exam is ready to download.


The format of the exam

  • The EDI exam is presented as two (EDI) 3.5-hour long sessions with a 1-hour lunch break in between.
  • The DI examination is presented as four 3-hour sessions. Two sessions will be provided each day with a 1-hour lunch break in between.


On the day of the exam:

  • Examination start time is:
Session 1Session 2
AT12:00 PM4:00 PM
ET11:00 AM1 hour break3:00 PM
CT10:00 AM2:00 PM
MT9:00 AM1:00 PM
PT8:00 AM12:00 PM


Please note that alternate start times will be scheduled for candidates in Europe and Australia, so you are not taking the exam overnight


  • The examination password and a link to access the video files will be sent to you the morning of the exam. Please provide this to the candidate at the start time.
    • The video files will be viewed through the internet and cannot be downloaded.
  • The proctor is required to stay in the room for the duration of the exam
  • Once the session is complete the exam answers will upload automatically. Please verify the candidate gets a green screen indicating successful submission.
    • If the exam does not upload automatically it may be due to a delay in reconnecting to the internet so please try a second time.
    • Note that the video proctoring files can take some time to upload. Do not shut down the computer until the upload is complete.
  • If the computer fails/restarts automatically, please do not submit the examination unless you are done. A restart code can be provided to allow the candidate back into the examination to complete their work.
  • If there are any technical issues please contact ExamSoft support
  • If there are any non-technical issues, please contact Stephanie Nykamp
    • 226-924-5862