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Frequently Asked Questions


Standard ordination exams home

Provided below are short responses to some of the most “frequently asked questions” about the process for using the Internet-based testing platform for the ordination exams in Theology, Worship and Sacraments, Polity, and Exegesis. The responses do not go over all the instructions or information you need to know about taking these examinations. For that, you will need to review the appropriate sections of the Handbook on Standard Ordination Examinations.

Click on any of the questions below to see the related response. Short YouTube video demonstrations are included with several of the responses.

Account Information

How can I recover my “Username” or reset my password?

What if I no longer have access to the email account in my user profile?

How can I update my email address or other personal information?

Exam System

Can I try out the exam system before the testing date?

What types of computing devices may be used for taking the exams?

Does the online exam provide a “spell check” function?

Can I use my own word processing program and upload my responses to the system?

Can I use non-English alphabets in my responses?

How can I “save” my work while working on an exam?

How can I move between the different pages of an examination?

Time Requirements

How are time limits for the exams controlled?

How are the time limits enforced by the system for the Theology, Worship and Sacraments, and Polity exams?

How do the time requirements work for the multi-day Exegesis exam?

Internet Connection

What should I do if I lose my Internet connection during an exam?

Submitting Exams and Results

How do I submit my completed exam?

How can I confirm that the system has received my finished exam?

How will I receive my examination results?