Preparing for the Exam 

Exam Study Materials 

Exam Fee

An exam fee will be due before you schedule your remote, online exam date. Once you have received a letter of application approval, you can make your payment below. 

Members Non-Members 
 $185 $205 
Certification Exam Fee
Certification Exam Fee
You should submit a Certification application and receive a letter of application approval before paying this fee.
Standard price: $205
Member price: $185

Study Materials

Scheduling the Exam

TLTA Certification exams are held online with an impartial third-party online proctor.

Once your application has been submitted and approved, TLTA will contact you to pay the exam fee and schedule an exam date. Exams must be scheduled within 6 months of paying the exam fee.

Taking the Exam

Curious about what the exam day on-boarding process and the exam will look like? View the TLTA Exam Day Manual.

Exam Duration and Format

  • The exam allows three hours for completion.
  • It consists of 150 multiple-choice questions, with one correct answer per question.
  • Each exam is unique, randomly selecting questions from the TLTA Certification test bank.

Exam Materials

To take the online exam, you will need the following:

  • A government-issued photo ID
  • A computer with either Google Chrome or Firefox installed
  • A working camera to enable video monitoring during the exam
  • A functioning microphone for communicating with the proctor
  • Find more details on preparing for the technology requirements including a pre-exam day system check, firewalls, internet, MAC and more via this link. 

Scoring and Results

  • To pass the exam, you need to obtain a score of 75 percent or higher.
  • Some questions carry more weight based on their difficulty level.
  • The exam results will indicate either a Pass or Fail status, without disclosing the specific score.
  • Candidates who do not pass will receive a bar graph highlighting areas of deficiency.

Certification Exam FAQs

What rules do I need to follow on the day of the exam?

Identification and Proctoring:
  • Be prepared to show a government-issued photo ID at the beginning of the exam.
  • Ensure you are alone in the room, this will be verified by the remote proctor.

Test Environment:
  • Turn off dual monitors, you may only use only one monitor for testing.
  • Turn off all Bluetooth devices.
  • Store smartwatches, cell phones, tablets, radios, or any other communication devices out of sight during the exam.
Additional Information:
  • Beverages are allowed.
  • Blank scratch paper is allowed, but you must destroy it in front of the proctor at the end of the exam. 

What if I can’t test online?

Please contact TLTA Certification to discuss alternative options.

Who grades my exam?

An impartial third-party testing company proctors and grades your online exam. 

How long until I receive my results?

You will receive your results by email within two hours. 

What happens if I pass?

Certificate and Designation Pin
  • TLTA will mail your certificate and designation pin to the home address listed on your application.
Letter of Success and Renewal Information
  • You will receive a letter confirming your successful exam completion.
  • The letter will also include information about the renewal process to keep your designation current.
  • More about renewing your certification here.
Exam Score Disclosure
  • Please note that the actual exam score will not be provided. You will only receive a Pass status confirmation.

What happens if I fail?

Don't be discouraged! Many candidates do not pass on their first attempt. Taking standardized tests can be challenging and anxiety-inducing. Remember, it's all part of the learning process.

Feedback and Improvement
  • If you do not receive a passing score, you will receive a detailed report highlighting the areas that need improvement for your next attempt.
    This feedback can be valuable in guiding your study and preparation for the retake.
Retake Policy
  • You can retake the exam within a six-month period without reapplying.
  • There is a re-test fee of $65, which must be paid to schedule your retake.
  • To pay the re-test fee and schedule your exam, please contact TLTA directly or pay online. 

Are my results confidential?

The identity and information concerning TLTA Certification candidates is confidential. We do not reveal the exam score and do not discuss pass/fail results over the phone. Your results are emailed to the email address indicated on your application.