Certification Preparation Materials

Certification Preparation Materials

To prepare for the certification examination, ABGC recommends the following materials:

Candidate Guide

This document contains instructions to help an applicant complete the CGC exam application process, pay the examination fees, and, if accepted, schedule an appointment to take the ABGC exam. It is important to understand all requirements and carefully follow these instructions. Missing a step or a deadline can delay or prevent an individual from being able to take the examination. 

ABGC Candidate Guide

Accommodations Request Form

ABGC and Prometric comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and strive to ensure that no individual with a disability is deprived of the opportunity to take the examination solely due to that disability. Prometric will provide reasonable accommodation for candidates with disabilities. Candidates requesting special accommodation must fill out the ADA form during the application process and follow Prometric’s ADA instructions when scheduling the exam. The ADA application can also be found within the candidate guide and linked in the exam application.

Accommodations Request Form

Practice Exam

ABGC is excited to announce the new CGC Practice Exam will be available beginning June 1.  The CGC practice exam consists of 100 questions that are mapped to the current CGC exam content outline.

Here are some new enhancements to the delivery and practice exam experience:

  • The exam will be delivered on the same test driver as the CGC exam providing candidates with the same technology that they will encounter when taking the CGC exam. 
  • While there is no pass/fail on the practice exam, candidates will receive a breakdown of how they performed per subdomain level. 
  • Candidates will be allowed 120 minutes to answer the 100 questions and receive an additional 15 minutes to go back and review any items of their choice.
  • Over 30+ new items were written and approved for the new practice exam.
  • Practice exams will be purchased through the ABGC portal.
  • Practice exam ID is eligible for 6 months.
  • Cost- $55.00

Whether you are completing payment for a practice exam yourself, or a program director purchasing on someone's behalf, please see the instruction document linked here for steps on how to purchase your CGC Practice Exam.

Content Outline

The ABGC Content Outline includes specific details about the content that is included on the examination and at what taxonomy level the knowledge is tested.

View the Content Outline

Certification Examination References 

The references listed in this document are intended to familiarize you with some representative materials that relate to the field of genetic counseling. Utilize the list of resources as guidance as you prepare for your CGC exam. 

Certification Exam References

ABGC CGC 2022 Practice Analysis Executive Summary

This summary describes the methodology and procedures used to conduct a practice analysis and develop the exam specifications for the American Board of Genetic Counseling, Inc. (ABGC) Certified Genetic Counselor (CGC®) certification examination

Executive Sumary