BCBA Study Tips LXV

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Colleen Coleman of Indiana


“I did pass the big exam remote 5 week class, I read cooper a bunch of times did the online quizzes, I also had a one on one tutor through FIT for 3 sessions and I did the guided review from FIT.


“I graduated from ball state university with a masters in aba I have my bachelors in speech I’d love to work at an autism center again there is just a lot of support there! For all the future bcbas/bcbas when taking the test read the question two times and focus on what they’re asking you! It’s definitely tricky when I walked out I had no idea what to expect thank goodness it was some good results! Keep studying!”

Well, Colleen, you are not the only one who thought that way when you walked out. It was totally a “bleh!” moment for me… totally Sr- (shhhh!)

Thanks for sharing your tips, Colleen! But wait! There’s more from Colleen soon! Stay tuned!

4 Responses

  1. Blake Peterson

    I have been practicing ABA in North Dakota for the last 25 years. I took the exam for the first time in August and passed.

    The first thing I had to do was get my coursework at St. Cloud State University from 1989-1991 evaluated. Fortunately I had kept many of my text books and materials from back then and the BACB gave their approval. I think that says a lot for their program that their coursework from that far back qualified for the exam! They obviously have a strong program.

    I started gradually studying about 18 months ago and really ramped it up for the last 3 months. I got the new version of Cooper, Heron, and Heward (I used the first edition when I was in graduate school) and read it cover to cover. I also read the Baily and Birch ethics book and was part of a weekly discussion group which I participated in via video.

    In March I started using the BDS module series which I found very helpful. I completed these to 100% by July and also did their post test. I found the post test to be helpful as it had questions not included in the regular modules. It took me about three hours to complete and gave me a feel for what the real exam would be like.

    For the last month I started randomly using other people’s card sets on quizlet, completed the on line chapter quizzes for Cooper, Heron, and Heward, and began randomly going back through different modules from BDS.

    There is no substitute for studying. Even with all my coursework and experience I would not have passed if I did not study several hours each week.

    Good luck to everybody who is preparing to take the exam!

    • Behaviorjedi

      Dear Blake,

      Thank you so much for sharing your journey and study tips! I will re-post your tips soon! 🙂

      Congrats and many thanks!