Test Taking

Specialty Coding Professional and Advanced Coding Specialist Exams

All Advanced Coding Specialist exams are 4 hours long and the Specialty Coding Professional exams are 2.5 hours long. Both sets of exams are mainly scenario-based, meaning that you are given a variety of scenarios that ask you to code them as you would on the job. Our tests are objective, and may include a mix of fill-in-the-blank and multiple-choice questions. In addition, all exams are "open book," which means that you must bring the following items with you to the exam:

  • Photo Identification
  • Current ICD-9-CM book
  • Current CPT book
  • Current HCPCS Level II book

For Advanced Coding Specialist Anesthesia (ACS-AN) candidates and Specialty Coding Professional - Anesthesia (SCP-AN) candidates, you are also allowed to bring the following:

  • ASA Crosswalk book. (Note: Only book versions of the Crosswalk are allowed — you will not be able to bring in any laptops or handheld devices with software on them).
  • ASA Relative Value Guide

For Advanced Coding Specialist - Evaluation and Management Auditing (ACS-EM) candidates, you will only need your CPT® book for the exam.

While sticky notes attached to, or writing inside of, any of the above books is allowed, loose leaf papers are not allowed. You may not share reference books with other test takers and extra copies of the above books will not be provided. Please bring extra writing utensils you may need. Scrap paper will be provided for candidates to use during the exam.

Certified Compliance Professional — Physician Exam

The CCP-P exam is a 2.5 hour long exam. This is an objective exam that contains a mix of multiple choice, true/false, matching and fill-in-the-blank questions. Our most successful candidates for the CCP-P examination have at least two or more years in a compliance environment. As well, they have a clear understanding of the following concepts as they apply to a compliance program:

  • Fraud and Abuse/Compliance terminology
  • Components of a Compliance Plan
  • Compliance Audits and Investigations
  • Types of Compliance Violations
  • Penalties
  • Advisory Opinions and Appeals Procedures

You must bring photo identification to the exam.