Test Information


Examination Scheduling

Applied Measurement Professionals Inc, (AMP) administers both the CSFA and CST examinations.

Once you receive your Authorization To Test (ATT) letter, you may contact Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) by one of the following methods. Be prepared to confirm a date and location for testing and to provide your candidate identification number as your unique identification number.

Schedule Online

The candidate may schedule an examination appointment online at any time by using AMP’s online scheduling service at www.goAMP.com. To use this service, follow these easy steps:

  • Go to www.goAMP.com and select “Candidates.”
  • Follow the simple, step-by-step instructions to choose your examination program and schedule the examination.


Telephone Scheduling

Call AMP at 888-519-9901 to schedule an examination appointment. This toll-free number is answered from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Central Standard Time) Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The examinations are administered by appointment only Monday through Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Individuals are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

When the appointment is made, the candidate will be given a time to report to the Assessment Center. Please make a note of it since a confirmation letter will not be sent. The candidate will only be allowed to take the examination for which the appointment has been set for. No changes in examination type will be made at the Assessment Center. UNSCHEDULED CANDIDATES (WALK-INS) WILL NOT BE ADMITTED to the Assessment Center.

You should call to schedule a test as soon as you receive your Authorization to Test letter from NBSTSA, even if you do not want to test immediately. You must take the examination before the expiration date provided on your Authorization to Test letter or forfeit your examination fee.

Examination Day Reporting Time

AMP staff will give you a specific reporting time when you schedule the examination. Please allow yourself sufficient time to find the test center. Make sure you have all necessary documents before you report for registration.   Once you enter the H&R Block office, look for the signs indicating AMP Assessment Center check-in.  A candidate who arrives 15 or more minutes after the scheduled testing time will NOT be admitted. Candidates who arrive late are considered absent and forfeit all examination fees paid.

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Test Administration

After your identification has been confirmed, you will be directed to a testing carrel. You will be instructed on-screen to enter your Social Security or identification number. You will take your photograph which will remain on screen throughout your examination session. This photograph will also print on your score report. Prior to attempting the examination, you will be given the opportunity to practice taking an examination on the computer. The time you use for this practice examination is NOT counted as part of your examination time or score. When you are comfortable with the computer testing process, you may quit the practice session and begin the timed examination. You will be allowed four hours to take the examination. You should notify the assessment center manager when you have completed your test. Scoring of your examination will take place within 5 minutes. You should receive a preliminary pass/fail report prior to leaving the Assessment Center. Official score reports will arrive from the NBSTSA within 2 weeks.

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Examination Rescheduling

A candidate may reschedule an examination appointment at no charge ONCE by calling AMP at 888-519-9901 at least two business days prior to the scheduled testing session. IMPORTANT: Failure to show for a scheduled examination appointment will result in forfeiture of total paid testing fees and necessitate reapplying for your examination and resubmission of testing fees.

A candidate who wishes to reschedule his/her examination appointment, but fails to contact AMP at least two business days prior to the scheduled testing session will forfeit the total testing fees and will need to reapply with the NBSTSA to get a new authorization letter. Failure to call to cancel an examination will result in loss of testing fees.

Inclement Weather, Power Failure or Emergency

In the event of inclement weather or unforeseen emergencies on the day of an examination, AMP will determine whether circumstances warrant the cancellation, and subsequent rescheduling, of an examination. The examination will usually not be rescheduled if the Assessment Center personnel are able to open the Assessment Center. If power to an Assessment Center is temporarily interrupted during an administration, your examination will restart where you left off and you may continue the examination.

Candidates may contact AMP’s Weather Hotline at 800-380-5416 (24 hours/day) prior to the examination to determine if AMP has been advised that any Assessment Centers are closed. Every attempt is made to administer the examination as schedule; however, should an examination be canceled at an Assessment Center, all scheduled candidates will receive notification following the examination regarding rescheduling or reapplication procedures. If AMP is unable to honor your appointment, the test will be rescheduled to the first available appointment of your choice (within the selected quarter). Applicants provide a primary phone number during the registration process so test administrators can contact them in case of an unforeseen problem at the center.

NOTE: This policy related solely to problems at the Assessment Center. If you cannot make an appointment, you must notify the center within two business days before the scheduled testing date.

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Surgical Technologist candidates who are unsuccessful in passing the examination may resubmit an application immediately; however, they are limited to taking three examinations in one calendar year. Candidates are required to pay the total testing fee (processing and examination) each time they test.  Candidates are required to resubmit an application and payment each time, but photos and proof of graduation are kept on file.  Please note, if your photo is more than one year old, staff reserves the right to request an updated photo once you have passed the examination.

Surgical First Assistant candidates who are unsuccessful in passing the examination may resubmit an application immediately; however, they are limited to taking two examinations in a six month period. Candidates are required to pay the total testing fee (processing and examination) each time they test. Candidates are required to resubmit an application and payment each time, but photos and proof of graduation are kept on file.  Experience Verification Forms are good for two years from the date they were notarized (2014 candidates) or signed by the Director of Surgery (2015 candidates).

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Military Information

Military applicants stationed overseas may request to test through their base education officer, rather than at one of the NBSTSA’s established testing centers. 

The base education center can administer a web based examination if the military post is more than 100 miles from a testing center. The NBSTSA will mail the test results directly to the testing candidate within six weeks of the examination. 

To utilize a military base education center, applicants must submit a letter with the examination application requesting administration through their base education center. The letter must include the base name, geographic location (base, city, state and country), the testing officer’s name and e-mail, the mailing address and phone number. 

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Examination Security

The NBSTSA and AMP maintain examination administration and security standards that are designed to assure that all candidates are provided the same opportunity to demonstrate their abilities. The Assessment Center is continuously monitored by audio and video surveillance equipment for security purposes. All examination questions are the copyrighted property of the NBSTSA. It is forbidden under federal copyright law to copy, reproduce, record, distribute and/or display these examination questions by any means, in whole or in part. Candidates are not permitted to discuss examination contents or remove examination materials from the testing sites at any time. Doing so may subject you to severe civil and criminal penalties.

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Special Accommodations

NBSTSA provides reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended (ADAAA) for individuals with documented disabilities who demonstrated a need for accommodation(s). In accordance with the ADAAA, NBSTSA does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities in providing access to its examination program.

The ADAAA and accompanying regulations define a person with a disability as someone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities such as walking, seeing, hearing or learning.  

The purpose of accommodations is to provide equal access to NBSTSA examinations for all individuals. Accommodations “match up” with the identified functional limitation so that the area of impairment is relieved with an auxiliary aid or an adjustment to the testing procedure. Functional limitation refers to the aspects of a disability that interfere with an individual’s ability to function; that is, what someone cannot do on a regular and continuing basis as a result of the disability.

The purpose of documentation is to validate that an applicant for test accommodations is covered under the ADAAA as a disabled individual. Comprehensive information by a qualified professional is necessary to allow NBSTSA to understand the nature and extent of the applicant’s disability and the resulting functional impairment that limits access to its examinations. Documentation also allows NBSTSA to provide appropriate accommodations for such a disability.

NBSTSA will provide, without cost to the candidate, reasonable accommodations designed to facilitate equal access to its certifying examination for those candidates whose documentation supports such a determination. In no case will accommodations be provided which would compromise the examination’s ability to test accurately the skills and knowledge it professes to measure. Similarly, no auxiliary aid or service will be provided that would fundamentally alter the examination.

Confidentiality: NBSTSA strictly adheres to a policy of confidentiality and does not disclose names of applicants with disabilities or information concerning the application or accompanying documentation. Examinations administered with accommodations are not identified to third party score recipients and are scored no differently that examinations of other certification candidates.

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Test Center Rules

  • No textbooks, notes, or study materials of any kind are allowed in the testing room.
  • No personal items, valuables, or weapons are allowed in the Assessment Center. Only keys and wallets may be taken into the testing room. NBSTSA / AMP are not responsible for items left in the reception area. Use of a cellular phone or other electronic devices is strictly prohibited and will result in dismissal from the examination.
  • Pencils will be provided during check-in. You will be provided with scratch paper to use during the examination. You must sign and return the scratch paper to the supervisor at the completion of testing, or you will not receive a score report. No documents or notes of any kind may be removed from the examination room. If you need a second piece of scratch paper, you need to ask the test proctor for another piece of paper and turn in the one you used before.
  • No questions concerning the content of the examination may be asked during the examination.
  • The examination is four hours in length. You may take a break whenever you wish, but you will not be allowed additional time to make up for time lost during breaks.

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Identification Requirements

To gain admission to the Assessment Center, a candidate needs to present TWO forms of identification, one with a current photograph. Both forms of identification must be current (not expired) and include the candidate’s current name and signature.  No forms of temporary identification will be accepted.  The candidate will be required to sign a roster for verification of identity. Candidates are prohibited from misrepresenting their identities or falsifying information to obtain admission to the Assessment Center.

Acceptable forms of identification include a current:

  1. Driver’s license with photograph
  2. State identification card with photograph
  3. Passport
  4. Military identification card with photograph
  5. Social security card, employment ID card and student ID card are NOT acceptable as primary identification, but may be used as secondary identification.

The name on the primary and secondary identification must match the name on the Authorization to Test letter.

If you do not have the required identification, AMP staff members will deny admission to the test and all testing fees will be forfeited, since an appointment was made for you.


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