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1. Where can I obtain the Exam Handbook for Candidates and an application?

2. Where do I send the CTR Exam application?

3. Where can I test? Find Assessment Center Locations.

4. How quickly will I learn my test results?

5. I need to retake the CTR Exam. Am I required to meet the current eligibility requirements?

6. What other courses meet the specific education requirement of “2 semesters of Human Anatomy and Human Physiology.”

7. Can you clarify the education requirement of Route A?

8. I’m a student, how do I complete the 160-hour practicum in Route A?

9. I can’t take the exam anymore! Can I get a refund?

10. What is the deadline to meet all eligibility requirements?

11. What accommodations are provided for those who have special needs?

12. If I apply for the CTR Exam and am not approved, is there a monetary penalty?

13. I am applying via Route A, what if I am not able to send my transcripts with my application before the application deadline?

14. Does the Council on Certification offer training or prepared CTR Exam Preparatory materials?

15. Is it required to have official transcripts in a sealed envelope for exam eligibility?


Question 1. Where can I obtain the Exam Handbook for Candidates and an application?

A.The Handbook for Candidates and the application are available at www.ctrexam.org/exam/handbook.html.

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Question 2.Where do I send the CTR Exam application?

A. NCRA’s Council on Certification
Attn: CTR Exam
1330 Braddock Place #502
Alexandria, VA 22314 USA

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Question 3. Where can I test?

A.The CTR Exam is offered via computer-based testing around the U.S. and some international sites.

Find testing locations.

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Question 4. How quickly will I learn my test results?

A. Candidates will NOT receive any immediate test results after completion of the computer-based test. Within six weeks of the close of the testing period, candidates will be notified by email of when their final test results are posted. Scores can then be securely accessed via your online candidate account at www.goAMP.com. Scores on the major areas of the examination and on the total examination will also be reported.

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Question 5. I need to retake the CTR Exam. Am I required to meet the current eligibility requirements?

A.Yes, all candidates registering for the CTR Exam must meet the current year’s eligibility requirements.

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Question 6. What other courses meet the specific education requirement of “2 semesters of Human Anatomy and Human Physiology.”

A. Read the Coursework Guidelines for classes in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology (PDF 40 KB).

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Question 7. Can you clarify the education requirement of Route A?

A. An Associate's Degree or the equivalent (60 college-level credits) is the education minimum requirement. To meet the education requirement, candidates have 2 options: a) complete an NCRA-Accredited Associate Degree Program; b) complete an NCRA-Accredited Formal Education Certificate Program with additional college-level credits)]. The Associate's Degree or the college-level courses can be in any discipline. Completed coursework at NCRA-accredited Certificate Programs count towards the 60 college-level credits education requirement for CTR Exam eligibility. Courses recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education (ACE) are also accepted for the 60 college-level credits education requirement. Additionally, the 160-hour practicum is required for both options. Search for schools at www.ncra-usa.org/school.

Question 8. I’m a student, how do I complete the 160-hour practicum in Route A?

A. The Route A requirement must be completed under supervision by a CTR.  There are specific educational components that comprise the 160-hour experience.

Begin contacting possible sites before you complete the program.  Certain times of the year may be more feasible than others due to surveys and data submission requirements. Here are some tips for locating clinical host sites:

1.    Use the NCRA Directory of Mentors/Clinical Site Hosts to identify host sites in your area..

2.    Contact the state cancer registrar association for possible names. A list of state association contacts can be found on the NCRA website at: www.ncra-usa.org/local.

3. Contact hospitals in your area. If they are not available, ask for names of other facilities in the state or region.

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Question 9. I can’t take the exam anymore! Can I get a refund?

A. No refunds are given within the testing window you registered; however, for a non-punitive processing fee of $190 NCRA member rate ($215, regular rate), we can push you to the next testing period. Contact NCRA (703) 299-6640 x312 for more information.

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Question 10. What is the deadline to meet all eligibility requirements?

A. The deadline to meet the eligibility requirements is the stated application deadline. For experience via Route B, you may be eligible via the hour equivalency of one year full-time (1,950 hours). For Route A, the 160-hour practicum specifies areas to be covered under the supervision of a CTR. There is no established time table for you to accumulate experience, and experience can be achieved and/or supplemented with volunteer hours, full- or part-time employment. Education requirements, too, must be completed by the application deadline.

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Question 11. What accommodations are provided for those who have special needs?

A. Special testing arrangements can be made to individuals with special needs. Requests for special testing MUST be received at least 8 weeks before the testing window begins. Candidates need to send documentation of their disability, such as a letter from a doctor, psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker who has done an evaluation with their specific recommendations for special accommodations (for example, if requesting extra time, how much extra time). Requests will not be accepted without any documentation.

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Question 12. If I apply for the CTR Exam and am not approved, is there a monetary penalty?

A. Your full application fee will be returned to you along with the reason your application was denied.

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Question 13. I am applying via Route A, what if I am not able to send my transcripts with my application before the application deadline?

A. Send a letter from your school stating your graduation date with your completed application. Upon receipt of your transcripts, please forward them to NCRA.

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Question 14. Does the Council on Certification offer training or prepared CTR Exam Preparatory materials?

A. NCRA's Council on Certification neither sponsors nor endorses review courses or prepared preparatory materials for the Certification Examination for Cancer Registrars. Check the list of resources that may be of use in preparing for the examination.

Question 15. Is it required to have official transcripts in a sealed envelope for exam eligibility?

A. Unofficial transcripts are accepted. If they are not sufficient to determine eligibility, then candidates may be requested to send in official transcripts.

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