Examinee FAQ Sheet

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  What type of essays will I be required to write?

A.  You will be asked to write five essays based on scenarios related to the topics listed in the Test Plan. The test site software delivers the essay scenarios using electronic randomization. Each case scenario presents situation(s) followed by an assigned focus consistent with one of the five Test Plan topic areas. Limiting your written response to the assigned focus will allow you to concentrate on the most critical aspect of the scenario.

Q.  Do I need some understanding of legal terminology or processes to pass the essay exam?

A.  The essay test is not a test of detailed legal terminology, but it does require an understanding of the appropriate protocols and judgments necessary in the professional workplace environment.

Q.  Am I required to purchase the reference texts listed on the Resource List?

A.  You are not required to purchase the listed texts. References and articles of this nature, generally available in libraries or on the internet search engines, may help you gain a better understanding of ethical and boundary concerns and perspectives.

Q.  How do I study for this examination?

A.  In order to best prepare for the examination, EBAS encourages you to be familiar with the information provided using the links below as found on EBAS E&B website:

Q.  Will all the scenarios be specific to my profession?

A.  The setting of the scenarios that you will be asked to evaluate may NOT be specific to your profession or occupation.  Many are general in nature while others may take place in an environment that differs from yours.  For example, you may be directed to comment on a boundary violation occurring between a teacher and a student, even though their occupation may be different; likewise for any other topic areas in the test plan.  In any of these cases, you should be able to identify and address the ethical/boundary issues that are represented.  Such issues can occur across a wide variety of professional settings.  You should compose essays with that concept in mind as they are not necessarily written to be profession specific.

Q.  Is there a format for writing the required essays?

A.  Each essay response has four components: I. Introductory Opinion Statements; II: Consequences; III. Solutions; and, IV. Public Protection. Each component has a separate, expandable text box for typing responses based on the provided specific component instructions. Refer to the Essay Writing Exercise for detailed information about the essay format.

Q.  Do the component areas have directions?

A.  Each of the four-part essay components have specific directions for your typed responses. Read the directions for the four component areas and the related explanations in the detailed information provided below:


Referring to the given scenario and its assigned focus, present several statements about the ethical issues and concerns involved. Additionally, identify when/how the licensee disregarded professional conduct standards.

A.  As you read and consider the scenario, you will need to formulate opinions relevant to the situation presented and specific to the focus indicated in bold font directly below the scenario. (See the Essay Writing Exercise.) You are encouraged to write complete sentences that clearly express these opinions and that identify problem areas in the scenario.

Q.  What are relevant CONSEQUENCES?

Discuss several consequences that could arise from the above scenario to all involved parties.

A.  Your response should identify all possible consequences and provide details to support what you consider relevant to each party that might be involved and/or impacted by the violations described in the above scenario.

Q.   How Should I address SOLUTIONS?

Identify the actions needed to resolve the ethical violation(s) described in the above scenario, and include what could prevent such violations(s) from occurring in the future.

A.  Suggested solutions should describe both the corrective and preventive steps related to any/all concerns.  Consider every viable preventive action that could be taken to remediate and avoid the situation in the above scenario.  You should fully explain each proposed solution and its application in as much detail as possible.

Q.  How should I discuss PUBLIC PROTECTION?

Explain how the actions of the licensee compromise the community’s safety and welfare, and provide several reasons why these actions are considered to be an ethical violation.

A. Your response should explain how the actions of the licensee impacts the public’s safety and welfare.  You should fully identify all possible reasons why the licensee’s actions are considered to be an ethical violation.

Q. How are my essays graded?

A. Each essay is reviewed by a minimum of 7 graders utilizing a secure graders’ website.  Graders mainly consist of professionals with regulatory experience who have addressed ethical and boundary issues in a licensing/regulatory context.  Essays are scored according to the published Scoring Criteria.

Q.  What if I misspell words? What if I type sentences containing errors in punctuation or grammar?

A.  Content and expression of ideas are weighed more in the grading than grammar, punctuation, or spelling. However, you are encouraged to type complete sentences and present content consistent with the instructions given for each component.

Q.  How can I prepare for the typing aspect of this examination?

A.  Use the Essay Writing Exercise to practice typing responses to create essays by following the instructions for each component. (This exercise is available online at www.ebas.org/exercise and provides a writing format similar to the one used at the test site.

Each text box expands as you type longer responses.  If you are concerned about your typing skills or speed, you may want to consider using one of the free typing programs on the internet such as www.goodtyping.com prior to taking the exam.  PLEASE NOTE: EBAS does not endorse any typing programs available online.

Q. My keyboard typing speed is very slow. Can I apply for a test accommodation?

A.  Difficulty with keyboard typing skills does not constitute qualification for a test accommodation as defined by the “Americans with Disabilities Act” (ADA). Therefore, EBAS can only suggest you spend time to improve your typing speed before scheduling your exam.  IF you feel you qualify for an accommodation, please refer to Test Accommodations for complete instructions.

Q.  How fast do I need to type? How much time do I have to write each essay?

A.  You need to type fast enough to respond within the 60 minutes allotted for each essay. During this 60-minute writing session, you should allow yourself sufficient time to address each of four required essay components. There is a time clock in the upper right corner of the screen at the test site. The test program will time you out and send you to the next essay after 60 minutes. Conversely, if you finish responding before the allotted 60 minutes, the program allows you to proceed to the next essay.

Q.  Will I receive any breaks?

A.  You will have an optional 10-minute break after completing your 2nd and 4th essays.

Q.   What additional preparation is available for this examination?

A.   After typing your practice responses using the Essay Writing Exercise, you can then use the Scoring Criteria to grade your own practice essays. For further practice, you can create your own scenarios based on the Test Plan, and type new responses. There is no limit to the use of the writing exercise tool; simply delete what you wrote, then re-write new responses for the scenarios you created. EBAS does not provide any feedback on these practice sessions, nor does its website track your usage.

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