sharing is usually a good thing, but this is not the case when preparing students for
the BOC exam or discussing it with them after. It is illegal and unethical to memorize
and discuss questions that are on the BOC exam, and both candidates and Program
Directors are reminded to keep exam information confidential.
Prior to sitting for the BOC exam, candidates agree in the Candidate Attestation
to not disclose information about items or answers in any format to anyone. This
includes, but is not limited to:
•;Past or future examinees
•;Test preparation companies
The Candidate Attestation asserts that no part of the exam may be copied or
reproduced in any way before, during and after exam. This includes, but is not limited
to, emailing, copying or printing electronic files, reconstructing content through
memorization and/or dictation.
BOC exam content is exclusive copyrighted property of the BOC and protected by federal copyright laws. The BOC will
prosecute violations of this agreement. Violation of the agreement is also a violation of BOC;Standards;of;Professional
Practice, which can result in suspension or revocation of certification, if applicable, or suspension or denial of a candidate’s
eligibility for future exams. It can also do the same for a candidate’s colleagues.
The below table presents common scenarios that could violate exam confidentiality. Read on for guidance in each scenario.
More information is also available in the BOC;Exam;Candidate;Handbook.
Scenario When it’s OK When it’s not OK Bottom line
1. Educator asks candidates to
“stop by” after the exam to “let
me know how it went.”
If the invitation and the feedback
to the educator relates to their
general experience (“I thought
the test was not as difficult as I
This type of invitation from an
educator may be misinterpreted
by the candidate – and the
student may think that the
educator is asking the student to
reveal copyrighted information.
If the candidate is asked to
reveal questions or their answer
options, then he or she will
need to report the educator to
the BOC. The educator should
stop the candidate immediately
from revealing any exam content,
since doing so may subject both
the candidate and educator to
the BOC’s ethics process.
2. Candidate tells another
candidate, “The test was very
difficult – I felt like I didn’t have
The candidate is simply telling
another candidate how they felt
about the exam. This is all right
because the candidate is not
revealing any of the questions or
the answer options.
One candidate (or potential
candidate) asks another
candidate about the specific
If the questions or answer
options are shared, these
individuals may find themselves
part of a BOC ethics
investigation and/or legal
EXAM SECURITY: Protect Your Students and Yourself
When It’s OK to Share . . . And When It’s Not