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What is the Acupuncture Exam?
The NBCE Acupuncture Examination is an elective exam that is offered six times a year at Pearson Professional Centers throughout North America. It consists of 200 standard multiple-choice questions, divided into two equal sessions of 100 questions each. The Acupuncture Examination requires approximately three hours of test administration time, divided into two equal sessions of 90 minutes each.
Who can take Acupuncture?
  • You must have successfully completed 100 hours of instruction in acupuncture, before the application deadline.
  • Your instruction may be from one of the chiropractic colleges whose students are currently eligible to take the NBCE examinations.
  • Or, your instruction may be from a college or university accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
What topics are included in Acupuncture?

The NBCE develops every exam based on a test plan. The detailed Acupuncture test plan includes topics and weightings (the percentage of the test devoted to each topic).

Does the NBCE publish a list of books to help me prepare?
The NBCE uses reference texts from the chiropractic colleges. See the Acupuncture reference text list.
Can I see sample questions?

The NBCE offers a sample test for Acupuncture. The sample test contains 25 questions and costs $15.

What can I expect at the test site?

The NBCE and Pearson Professional Centers are committed to exam security. You must store all personal items in a locker before beginning your test. Please review the complete list of test site rules before you arrive to take your test.

What time is my test?

The Acupuncture Exam is offered six times per year. The NBCE will e-mail you instructions after your application has been processed. It is then up to you to contact Pearson VUE to schedule your testing appointment. Appointment times are dependent upon available space at testing centers.

Where can I take Acupuncture?

The NBCE offers Acupuncture at Pearson Professional Centers throughout North America. To locate a testing center near you, go to the Pearson Vue website and follow the “Find a test center” link.