I am honestly incredulous writing this post because I never though this day would finally come! (Ok I am exaggerating a little, but bear with me.) Obtaining this credential was tedious, grueling, and at times exasperating , but I did it with the help of many mentors and my loved ones. For those of you who are unfamiliar with ABA, BCaBA stands for Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst, and it is a credential that requires many things such as a bachelor’s degree in related field with five sequence specific classes, 500 indirect hours, 500 direct hours, as well as approval from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board to sit for the exam. Once all that is completed you can finally test. My experience with testing was especially unique because I tested during the COVID era which made everything a little more challenging to say the least. Becoming a BCaBA has been a goal of mine since I started working in the field over four years ago, so I feel incredible and so blessed that God has given me this opportunity and sustained me all along the way.
How I studied:
I used the Cooper textbook, Pass the Big ABA Exam study guide, as well as studyaba.com’s Platinum package which included 900 mock exam questions comprised of four full mock exams and nine content area quizzes.
Once I finished my exam:
As many of you reading this already know, the BACB recently changed their rules to give out answers immediately, so when I finished my exam and sat to wait for the results my heart was literally racing so fast!
My Advice to future BCaBA hopefuls:
Study EVERY single day no matter how much time you have, something is better than nothing. Write down general subject areas you are fuzzy about from mocks and review them. As soon as you get approved for your exam schedule a realistic test date. If you need indirect hours don’t be shy to talk to your supervisors and ask for opportunities (that’s what they’re there for!)
I’m feeling so grateful to be able to further myself in a career that I am so passionate about. It is one of my biggest blessings to be able to directly impact the lives of others through my job! I can’t wait to see where the BCaBA life takes me, and I will be sure to update the blog about this all along the way!